THE ART OF AGRICULTURE – Saturday, September 24

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The Jingara Farm Experience is one of the more unusual events of the 2022 Art River through the Eurobodalla Shire. Michelle and Graham Scobie have been developing the Jingara Farm in Mogendoura as a showcase of sustainability for nearly a decade and on Saturday September 24th from 2.30pm to 4.30pm they will invite the public to inspect the work they have done in terms of self-sufficiency.

Jingara Farm is a 232 hectare (570 acre) property on Hawdon’s Road in Mogendoura, just 8 km from Moruya. The Scobie’s raise Damara sheep and Border Collie dogs and live entirely off the grid. The experience will showcase the breeding programs for dogs and sheep as well as the solar system and the natural building methods they have employed over the years, including stone, firewood and frame construction of poles.

As well as losing around 5 km of fencing in a bushfire on January 24, 2020, they also lost their shed and replaced it with a 200 square meter construction using post frame timber from the property as well as the corrugated iron that was damaged in the Broulée fire. Their adobe house was built by former owners Steve and Bev Clarke.

They also have a large vegetable garden and orchard and all winter heating, cooking and hot water are provided by the only slow combustion stove. Stormwater storage has been increased from 10,000 liters on arrival in 2013 to the current 130,000 liters and water from the Mogendoura stream for gardens and watering holes has now been increased by a 3 megalitre dam.

The afternoon will begin with a tour of the farm followed by a rhubarb crumble snack and a short concert of 7 original songs by Graham and Michelle from the 7 albums they have produced. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children with a maximum of $30 for a family. You can book the Jingara Farm Experience and get directions to the property by telephoning Graham on 0409 225957 or emailing graham@scobie.com.au. It was timed so attendees could head straight to the main art river event, Luminous, at Riverside Park, Moruya.

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