Welcome to Our Website on All-Sustainable Poultry Family Food Gardening
Jo and Paul Healy here with a welcome to our little GEU website community, and hoping that you enjoy all of the information and images available to subscribers at the website.
This website has been put together especially to cater for all of those who would like to combine and integrate the art of all-natural and organic, sustainable poultry keeping with the many delights of growing as much as of our own clean organic food for the family as possible.
This fascinating and delightful pastime of Sustainable Poultry Food Gardening is a whole new area of writing and study only available at this website and is the outcome of Paul's lifetime's work and passion with breeding open forage poultry flocks and organic farming and food gardening.
If you have just come to this website for the first time - and are having an initial browse around the material on offer - check out the three sample Good Earth Uncut weekly column/workshops which are freely available to all who visit.
Also letting you know that if there is any particular topic or subject - not yet covered by the website content, or some point or subject that you would like Paul to cover in greater detail, or to explore further for you - in a column, just let us know, either through our GEU subscribers only Facebook group, or via email.
If you are new to organic and all natural poultry keeping, you might think about ordering Paul's book:"Feeding Your Farm and Garden Flock" for a comprehensive coverage of how to feed your fowls on wholegrain diets and for detailed guides on what greens, plants, herbs, shrubs and trees to grow for poultry to provide for your flock's fruit, forage and fodder requirements, as well as for a detailed step by step, illustrated guide on how to sprout your own grains for poultry, make winter tonic mashes, worm prevention mashes,purging mashes etc.
You can order the book via this website, and we are also inviting you to join our secure, subscribers only, GEU members Facebook site, where you will find many "how to do it" videos posted to help supplement and illustrate many of the weekly website columns.
Jo and Paul Healy
About Paul Healy
My name is Paul Healy, and with the help of my family, I have been growing organic food, breeding poultry, and rearing livestock naturally for the past forty years in a way of living with the land which has occupied the whole of my adult life.
Although I am best known – across Australia – as the man who has bred Barnevelders for over thirty years, and who saved and preserved the last heirloom, utility, free range lines of original Dutch fowl, that has been just a part of the story since we moved here to the Huon, in 1985, from our first small farm in Western Victoria.
Across the last thirty years of living in this valley, this family has grown its own organic fruit, meat and vegetables – across the endless cycle of the seasons – while building our own mud brick home, planting trees, fencing, farming, gardening, and rearing two amazing children who have grown to be beautiful young people.
We have milked our own goats, cows and Suffolk sheep and bred Berkshire pigs, Barnevelder fowls, meat rabbits, geese, ducks and guinea fowl, while making many mistakes and receiving many amazing insights into the interplay of all things – a learning, through the doing – which continues to be revealed.
While all that has been happening, for years I have been better known – here in Tasmania – as the voice of Sustainable Smallholding Talkback on ABC local radio, and as the garden writer for the Hobart Mercury Newspaper for 22 years.
Across many years of good times, and of hardship and heartbreak, “Good Earth” remained the crux around which all other weekly events on our farm were arranged.
So important was its focus to my late wife, that – as one of the last things she said to me – my sweetheart, Cathleen, reminded me not to forget to write “the column”.
Thus it was still written, even in the really difficult years that followed her passing.
I am determined to ensure that this website remains steeped in Cathleen’s own personal life philosophy.
She believed in real things – in good food, and in family life – in those things which could be grown, and crafted, and then passed on from one human being to another.
She believed in the earth, and in all which can be gathered from and given back to the earth as we collect communities of like minded souls around us, to form a society that is truly sustainable.
That belief shall remain – always – the central focus of this website.
Joanna's Art: The Soul, and Design, Which Presents The Lines
While much of the language content of this site is new, and contemporary - written in response to our latest work in the beds and with the flocks in the garden, and at the farm - and written to reflect our contemporary thought about the current conditions, now unfolding, as they are shaped by the ever evolving, swiftly developing “Climate-Change” affected trends and impacts upon our patterns of garden growth and flock-management, much of the material on this site is not new.
Many of the columns written for this space also contain knowledge, concepts, approaches and ideas which I must have spoken or written about many hundreds – if not thousands – of times across the last thirty years of my life, for the first essential, primary sustainable approaches to good family food-gardening and flock keeping have not changed, across the generations.
Much of what I write is old, old and all too familiar to a person who has voiced or written the same basic responses, to the same requests for help and information, for decades, but all of that is still needed, and necessary, to those just starting out on their own first wonderful journey into family flock poultry keeping and poultry food gardening.
Yet - although such things may have been spoken about and written so many times before - here on this site they have been given a while new life of colour, cross-connection, meaning and reference through the lens of Jo's wonderful photography and in the ever imaginative and meticulous thought and care given to the design of the layout that is the first essential frame for any sentence.
What makes this website are not the words, but the illuminating art and photo-documentation of the material.
Without Jo's work, there is no website: there would be just a vast mass of mostly incoherent writing rendered indigestible due to its endless bulk of unrelieved text and print.
So please praise Jo – and not this writer – for the site.
All my talent and contribution starts and ends with the words.
What makes the website work, is Jo!