Welcome To Our Farmily:
Lifeforce Farm was dreamed into being in 2016. Sheia first came to the land in a previous role as the Farming Manager for Hemp Foods Australia. Sheia had worked in the industrial hemp industry for 7 years and felt frustration at the pace of development of hemp farming within Australia, so she grew a trial of industrial hemp on the site of the farm. After harvesting the hemp, the landowners encouraged her to keep growing on the patch, which grew from 6 x 40m beds to now over 80!
Our dreaming and vision is to connect consumers with production....this is about getting to know your local farmers and entering into partnership with us :)....eating good quality, local (Mullumbimby), seasonal, and organic foods. We are passionate about local organic food, and being part of the change we wish to see in this regard. As large scale industrialised chemical agriculture is unfortunately now the 'normal', we feel very concerned about how our food is grown, how animals are treated, where it is grown and by whom, and the cost to our Earth, and we personally seek transparency in the produce we source in support of our health, as do a growing number of the population each year. This is why we chose to become 'certified organic', we only use organic practises and understand that others need to trust us in that. As we now do not know all of our consumers personally or have them all to visit the farm, we decided to take this path, in providing that to anyone who purchases our produce.
In our first year of production we learned so much, and had to come to grips with the reality of learning commercial farming at the same time as starting a farm business and balancing family life- an ongoing challenge 🙂
Farming in the sub- tropics has its own nuances, especially with an increasingly unpredictable climate...We had a few crops successess, many crop failures... We had pest infestations, and disease, droughts, cyclones and floods. We learned about succession planting, extending the season, soil health, compost tea, business planning, tested varieties, learned nursery skills, built infrastructure, installed irrigation...and put a good deal of our time and energy into learning the craft and science of bio - intensive agriculture, which is as we now view it, a life - long learning and deepening.
We work with great reverence to the land, and the plants and flowers that nourish our bodies and spirits, and love to share the beauty of our farm with the community.