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Christmas Kai or Gift - with a Pork Box

  No junk under the tree this Christmas? Sounds like a great idea to us. How about buying a Pork Box from a farm that is helping to regenerate soil & sequester carbon instead?
If this sounds good to you or you like the idea of some extra kai in the freezer during the 'silly season' then order one of our incredible value Pork Boxes here.
No extra delivery costs, and the best value 100% free-range, grass & milk fed Berkshire pork you can buy.
Or email rachel@thefamilyfarm.co.nz or phone 06-8584343



  
Come and see us!  The Mangarara Eco Lodge is still available on the 27th to the 30th December.  A wonderful time to get away after all the Christmas rush. The farmer is still working as there are still animals to feed and is always keen to have company.
Email rachel@thefamilyfarm.co.nz
Surprisingly we are not booked out for the week of the 4th to 10th of February 2019 which includes Waitangi day and the Phil Collins concert at the Mission. We can offer a driver to and from the concert and maybe able to organise a mini bus!!

The Family Farm Butchers

We are really enjoying our ongoing relationships with the butchers we supply our Angus beef to. Call in and get your taste of The Family Farm at: Clive Butcher in Hawkes Bay, Clarks Organic Butchery in Glen Eden, the Westmere Butcher and now the Grey Lynn Butchers. You can support Mangarara by buying your beef from these local businesses.

Over the Fence - 'tis the Season

{Greg}

It seems a bit early to be sending Christmas Greetings so lets just call this Mangarara Greetings! Besides, if I don't send this newsletter now it might not happen until 2019!

Change continues to be the only constant, but it is the speed of change that is a struggle to keep up with.
There have been lots of little learnings that have changed our world view and the way we approach growing food and caring for the soil and water. One of those learnings was a YouTube clip called Airthmetic, Population and Energy, by the late Professor Albert Bartlett. 

"The greatest short coming of the human race is the inability to understand exponential growth"

Something to ponder.
As you are reading this, you are probably already aware of the issues, the challenge is taking practical steps that can turn things around. 
We know it isn't easy to make the big changes that are necessary, but the more of us that do it the easier it becomes because there is strength in numbers and taking action is empowering.

Many people are hoping that technology will come to the rescue and while it will no doubt play a part, the reality is we already have incredible technology but we are still loosing bio diversity at an increasing rate and carbon emissions continue to rise The solutions are already here and nature is our teacher.

Our personal choices do matter and the choice that has the greatest affect is where your food is from and how it is produced. We know that here at The Family Farm we can work with nature to increase biodiversity,  water quality, and we can sequester carbon into the soil to produce healthier food and help mitigate climate change, while making our farms more resilient to weather extremes. Regenerative farmers need the support of non farmers.

If you are looking for some uplifting reading over the summer vacation, a book that clearly describes how we can help make changes through wise food choices, I highly recommend "Kiss the Ground- How the food you eat can reverse climate change, heal your body and ultimately save our world"

While it feels like pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes, the other personal choice that we can make that has a huge affect on the environment is choosing not to fly. This is tough for many in our global family but for me having all but cut out flying I believe the key is to find peace and contentment in the present moment. There is nowhere I would rather be than right here, right now!

We can't stop with just making individual change, we have to demand from our central and local governments that they make bold and courageous decisions to ensure our children, and their children, have a world worth inheriting.

 You might have heard that 71% of carbon emissions in the last 30 years have come from just 100 companies so we have to do what we can to not support these companies with our purchases and our investments.

Ultimately this is a turning point where we need to reconsider what it is to be human and change the cultural narrative from being separate from nature and each other to an understanding of our intermit connection with all life.
Our true wealth is our families our communities and our environment, treasure them always.

For the love of life
Greg
 

A Hopi Elder Speaks (The Elders Oraibi)
 
“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour,
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered.
 
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
 
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak the Truth
Create your Community.
 
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside of yourself for the leader.”
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said,
”This could be a good time”
 
At this time in history, we are able to take nothing personally,
Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
 
There is a river flowing now very fast, it is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
 
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the
Middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.
 
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
 
We would like to wish you all a wonderfully relaxing Festive Season and offer our sincere gratitude to all who have been a part of The Family Farm in 2018.
We look forward to seeing all our old friends and making new ones in 2019.
Wishing you all the very best from
Rachel, Greg, George, Emma & Bill Hart
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