Primarily this blog is focussed on our journey into and through organic gardening, into biodynamics and permaculture, into hobby farming, and from there into healthy sustainable holistic living. It covers our experiences, lessons learnt, highlights, low points, setbacks, recoveries, plans, schemes, dreams and of course implementations in a way that it is like a garden/hobby farming/sustainable living type of travelog.
Fundamentally, the story weaves through our lives too – well, a recent portion of our life story – moving to Australia, getting established in Victoria, life in Lara, kids, animals, fruits and vegetables, soil, sun, rain, water, herbs, medicinal plants, growth, a hint of our Faith here and there, and so on. So it’s not just a boring organic, biodynamic, permaculture blog – there’s a whole deeper thread too – it’s all part of our “family journeylog”.
In this blog we will primarily talk about two properties (at this stage anyway), namely our residential property which we call “Homeland”, and a newer exciting investment property called “Dreamland”. Both are 1 acre properties, lying back-to-back amongst the acreages in Lara, Victoria, Australia. Although we follow the same underlying principles on both properties, they are extremely different. Homeland was grown organically (and still is) over a number of years, bumping toes, heads and learning as we go. In essence, it is a productive residential property. Dreamland, on the other hand, is being developed almost from scratch. It has a house on it, and a few really nice fruit trees, but there’s a full ½ acre that we can re-sculpt to our hearts’ desires, within our budget limitations obviously.
Very few people have such an opportunity, unless you move to a larger acreage, or a small farm. However, our goal is to “make it work” (whatever that means we’ll find out throughout this journey) on this smaller scale. We are really blessed to have this opportunity and therefore we feel compelled to share it, the same as we feel we need to share what we’re developing with our community too.
My name is Martin Rennhackkamp, born 1960 in South Africa. I now live happily in Lara, Victoria, Australia with my wife Patricia, two children Markus and Micaela and two dogs Jet and Jazzie.
Trained in Information technology at the University of Stellenbosch (M.Sc 1985).
My interests, apart from the obvious Organic, Biodynamic and Permaculture Gardening and Farming, include sustainable living, surfing (which I still actively pursue around the Bells area of the Surf Coast), a wide variety of music (including jazz, Latin, salsa), dancing, nature, birds, reading and a few other things which I never get to.
I’m a dedicated Christian.