Photo Gallery - The Farm and Fowls at Huon Falls
After losing his wife to breast cancer in 2001 following an 8 year fight, Paul sold the family home and moved to a humble cottage on the farm in Judbury, where he managed to continue to breed the Barnevelder, as he had done since 1986, to ensure its survival in Tasmania. The breed is now a popular backyard farm and garden fowl across Tasmania, still laying the highly glossed, dark red brown often spotted beautiful eggs for which it first became famous. Read more about the Barnevelder Story here.
Paul has been breeding fowls for more than 40 years now and for the bulk of that time has been specialising in the Barnevelder, as well as trialling 25 different large breeds of heirloom poultry in his early years of poultry keeping. For the last 20 years, he has also been devoting more of his time to developing and breeding a new dual purpose open forage farm and garden fowl for Tasmanian conditions - the Huon Blue. This large, strong, self-sufficient fowl is perfect for smallholdings and bush block conditions.
The farm has had an extensive garden which fed several families for many years, however, the central vegetable garden has now been given a 7 year rest after 20 years of productive food growing. The cows, chooks, turkeys, guinea fowl and pigs still keep us busy and the farm remains very productive, supporting our growing family's food needs with eggs, chicken, beef and ham. While most of the seasonal salad, and cottage vegetable garden has now been moved to Kingston, the larger crops of bulk summer vegetables such as pumpkins and corn are still grown in patchwork plots across the poultry runs, with the management of work shared with family.
We have put together some photos to share and will add more throughout spring and summer this year. Click on the first photo to bring up the gallery carousel.