Frida’s Field is a beautiful place to be - steeped in history and brimming with potential.
The property is a blank canvas which we are striving to transform into a really productive farm. One that generates an abundance of different types of food - fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, spices, bush tucker, meats and eggs. We want to share this food directly with others and grow it in a way that’s better for us (in terms of flavour and health) and better for the planet. We’ll be employing regenerative farming practices; drawing from syntropic agriculture, silvopasture, agroforestry, holistic farm management, permaculture, organics and biodynamics. We’ll be planting a wide variety of trees and plants (both food and non-food species) in an effort to recreate a forest-like ecosystem. We’ll be regenerating the native forest along the property’s waterways. We’ll be using ethical animal husbandry to actively manage our pastures and build organic matter within our soils. In doing so, we aim to increase biodiversity and soil health - both of which actively remove excessive carbon from the atmosphere (contributing, in a small way, to reducing the causes of climate change).
For the past 2 years we have been using rotational cell-grazing with our herd of Angus-Wagyu cattle, and have been impressed with the benefits to our soils, pastures and animals’ wellbeing. We are just at the start of implementing our vision (kind of like being at Basecamp before climbing Mt Everest), but we’re going to give it our best shot!
about the farm
The property’s rich basalt soils derive from the outpourings of the Focal Peak and Mount Warning volcanoes over 20 million years ago. These fertile soils enabled the growth of the largest subtropical rainforest in the world, covering an area 75,000 hectares. Once densely covered by this “Big Scrub” forest, the farm was one of the very last properties in the Northern Rivers to be cleared for farmland as it had been earmarked as a nature reserve. However, the government changed its mind and kept a block further down Booyong Road (which you can still visit today). Remnants of this magnificent forest still exist along the rivers that bound the farm; also home to platypus, water dragons, perch and bass.
Since the early 1900s, the property has been run as a family farm. For four generations and over a hundred years, the Johnson family were its custodians, successfully navigating the ebbs and flows of the local dairy industry. Their well-loved property became the focal point of local gatherings, including camp-outs, fishing days and the annual Nashua cricket match and fundraiser. This event still takes place each October at Johnson's pitch on the property's southern paddock, formerly the home ground of the old Nashua Cricket Club which started in 1907.
The farm is located in Nashua, which is a Native American Indian word meaning "land between two rivers". The hamlet was named by the Toohey brothers (of Toohey's Beer fame), who moved to the area from Ireland via the United States. We believe they were referring to this property, which lies between the Wilson River and the Byron Creek, making it the Nashua of Nashua!
who is frida?
When we first moved to the country we bought a big ginger pig and called her Frida. We’d never bred pigs before but we knew we wanted to give it a go. We wanted to live close to nature, we wanted to grow our own food, we wanted to spend our time doing the things we truly love, and we wanted to share this with others. Frida was our first step towards following our dream. Creating a space on our farm where we can share delicious, wholesome food is the next step towards building our vision of a truly sustainable farm.
From Joel Salatin and Anita Roddick to Blue Hill Farm and Daylesford Organic, we’ve been inspired by countless people and places that celebrate nature and support its preservation.