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Avant Gardeners


Oct 31, 2023

Sadie Chrestman didn't get into gardening until she was 40, but she's quickly made up for lost time. Sadie moved from inner-city Sydney to the Huon Valley in Tasmania, settling on a property called Puggle Farm, where she got stuck into everything from animal husbandry, admiring wood piles, and deep soil knowledge.

Stepping it up a notch, Sadie, and her partner Matthew Evans, purchased a 70 acre property they named Fat Pig Farm, opening a market garden and setting up a restaurant. When one of their much loved Market Gardener moved on, Sadie put her hand up for the role, taking on 1km of garden beds for a weekly restaurant sitting - sometimes feeding up to 200 people per week, with produce almost entirely coming from the farm.

Fat Pig Farm have created a bush foods garden with Aunty Kris Schaffer, are doing gin collabs with Nat Fryar from Abel Gin,  and are spreading the good word about the importance of soil. 

Notes for this episode:

We're drinking a Rhubarb + Ginger Margarita inspired by Fermented Chilli and Yuzu Salt from Rough Rice

We're reading The Compost Coach by Kate Flood, aka Compostable Kate

We're watching Live to 100 - Secrets of the Blue Zone on Netflix

We mention:
Gardeners Bay Farm

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