Photo Gallery - The Kingston Poultry Garden
By Jo Healy
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 farm and backyard fowl throughout Tasmania, sharing its lovely gentle nature and quiet temperament with many families in the state and laying the lovely dark high gloss red brown eggs for which it first became famous.
In 2012 Paul and I were married, bringing together our families. Paul's son Tom and daughter Frances, both adults, and my children, Jessica and Christian, now keep us both wonderfully busy and we all contribute to the running of the Farm at Huon Falls and the Kingston Garden.
I bought my home in Kingston back in 2005, some 9 years ago now, to start a new life with my two young children. I enrolled in uni and completed a psychology and sociology degree, sociology honours and I'm now working a PhD, exploring the role of kindness and generosity in aged care and in dementia care.
While raising my two children and completing my degree, I started to garden. The garden was like a blank slate, and the little that was there was soon changed. I put in the fruit trees, vegetable beds, blueberries, youngberries and raspberries and still continue to add to the garden when I can. I hope the photos in this gallery go some way to capturing what it has meant to me over the last challenging years and the joy it now brings Paul and I as we work in it together. The garden has certainly kept us well fed on healthy fruit and vegetables and the children have grown up knowing that the best vegies are those that you grow for yourself organically and for your loved ones.
Since delivering my first Barnevelders in person to Kingston, Paul has beautifully integrated a poultry flock and litter yard into the vegie garden system. The garden is now complete as we have ample eggs in supply and a continuing sustainable supply of onsite produced poultry litter and garden mulch.
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