Runnymede Farm

Runnymede Farm

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Doubble Yolk'er
Love the Eggnormous Eggs
Just a girl and her "pastured raised" poultry....

Check out Runnymede Farm to learn the difference between "pasture raised" and "free range" eggs!
Try some Runnymede Farm eggs today

Now available here

Dirty Clean Food

#pastureraisedeggs
Now this is free range! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

Thanks to Runnymede Farm for hosting us yesterday. Runnymede received one of the McGowan Governmentโ€™s Agrifood and Beverage Vouchers last year, and used it to help with their business planning.

As co-owner Blythe Calnan says - they can do the farming, but sometimes a bit of help in business planning goes a long way for a farmer!

Runnymede produce pasture-raised free-range eggs and grass-fed beef from their property near Harvey - and the eggs are truly exquisite. Fantastic to be able to support up-and-coming innovative farm businesses like this.

For more information and to apply for an Agrifood and Beverage Voucher, visit http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/AFBvoucherprogram
Today, 3 of my girls are heading off to their new homes.

Pilbara Echo is going to a lovely home on 25 acres near Denmark in WA to be a much loved and thoroughly spoilt companion.

Gabby and Miss Pink are heading down to join Sinner at Runnymede Farm as a chicken protecter and herding apprentice respectively. Blythe will keep us updated and entertained with their shenanigans.

#pilbaraworkingdogs #timefornewhomes
Pasture Raised Chicken Eggs now available in-store
700gm XL located in the Egg isle.

Dirty Clean Food
Runnymede Farm
Such a great article about a local southwest farmer Blythe from Runnymede Farm in Harvey. Stories like these express how diverse our farmers stories are, that lead them to their career choice. I'm a firm believer that support and appreciation needs to be continually directed to WA farmers in every industry. I have not personally had the pleasure to meet Blythe but i encourage you to have a read and follow their journey through social media.
https://www.farmweekly.com.au/story/7263139/agriculture-career-is-all-about-timing/?fbclid=IwAR2aeMEBhBMyL7vlzmz99A6UWWFiYK140OVsUlPRDAcpnHwjFVQXTfYpKRk
Our tasty homemade Choc Chip and Oat Cookie Dough was a huge hit last year and we are pleased to bring it back for an encore.

The freshly milled flour from Miller and Baker gives these biscuits an amazing light texture. Teamed with tasty premium DCF rolled oats, lashings of The Butter People pure butter and Runnymede Farm pastured eggs from the happiest chickens in the west - they are next level deliciousness!

Rolled into a log shape and frozen, you simply need to slice and bake.

https://www.dirtycleanfood.com.au/collections/pantry
Sunday is National Regenerative Agriculture Day and over the next few days we will introduce you to our regenerative farmers who grow food in harmony with nature and restore rather than deplete our planet.

Blythe and Gregg from Runnymede Farm are regenerative farmers and egg and beef suppliers for Dirty Clean Food. They believe that cattle can be a valuable contributor to sequestering carbon. It can be done sustainably and in a way that actually improves the land resource and reverses the damage thatโ€™s been done with more chemical and artificial processes. This moves the land into a self-balancing and healing system.

Thanks to all our farmers๐Ÿ˜€
Charlie collected plenty of fresh Runnymede Farm pastured eggs from Blythe on Saturday morning. There is still plenty of time to get your order delivered for Christmas.

https://www.dirtycleanfood.com.au/collections/pantry
What better way to cruise into the weekend than sharing a fabulous breakfast with family or friends?

We have bundled together our famous Runnymede Farm pastured eggs, tasty maple bacon from Hamlet Pork, delicious pancake mix from Miller and Baker, salted butter from the lovely Butter People and the finishing touch - our own regeneratively grown, ethically farmed, carbon neutral oat milk from DCF.

The Lazy Hazy Summer Bundle is only $30, that's 25% OFF!

Pair it with some delicious treats from our fruit & vege box and some Bidjaronning raw honey and get ready for a feast!

https://www.dirtycleanfood.com.au/collections/specials
We would like to take our hats off and raise a cheers to ALL our Aussie farmers. They work tirelessly everyday to help put food on the table and their contributions do not go unnoticed. Whatever day it is, we can always recognise and give thanks to our Aussie Farmers.

Blackwood Valley Beef Stuart McAlpine Milyeanup pastoral company Runnymede Farm Hamlet Pork Southampton Homestead and Farm Col Bowey Green Range Lamb WA

Runnymede Farm produces pasture raised eggs with focus on excellent animal welfare, delicious local produce, environmental regeneration & happy customers!

Operating as usual

Photos from Runnymede Farm's post 10/04/2022

Our first rainy day since springtime seems like a perfect excuse for a bit of lichen inspecting.

Such stunning, complex little structures!

Bring on the rain! It's been a looong dry summer!

๐ŸŒง๏ธ ๐Ÿ’ง ๐ŸŒฑ ๐Ÿฅ ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿฅถ

09/04/2022

There's free range and then there's pastured and then there's flaunting fox bait-ism ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

But with a protection rate of 2 maremmas per hen we should have that taken care of ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Most hens won't go beyond about 200m from their mobile houses. But there's always outliers.

Henny penny go home!


06/04/2022

One of the most gratifying parts of managing grazing closely (besides building soil, sequestering carbon, increasing biodiversity ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ) is the response from animals being managed calmly, regularly. ๐Ÿ„ ๐ŸŒฑ ๐Ÿ€

They see you as a gateway to the tasty stuff and are curious in their interactions as every previous interaction had built a relationship where everyone understands what is being asked.

Right now I am being asked to open a gate to the next paddock ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

05/04/2022

I just can't figure out why I'm still thirsty after such a big drink ๐Ÿ˜‚

03/04/2022

Beautiful little pullets exploring out on pasture. It takes a little while for them to get comfortable with people and dogs out in the open. These babies are getting more certain we're friends target than foe. Their curiosity is so endearing โค๏ธโค๏ธ

They're still at least a month off producing any eggs, so we'll be a bit short in supply to til them as our older girls slow down with age and shortening daylight hours.



01/04/2022

Rising costs are a challenge for us all. To combat this we need to constantly evolve and innovate.

๐Ÿฅโ˜˜๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿšœ

To reduce labor costs we are thrilled to announce the opening of the Chicken Intern Academy. The chickens will be trained to take over tasks such as machinery operation, egg collecting, cattle mustering & office work. We commend these tenacious hens for taking on the challenge despite their lack of opposable thumbs & a long history of pecking glass ceilings due to paradigms regarding their brain size. We also grateful they work for chicken feed, despite this idiom being wildly inaccurate also.

Bring on the day chickens fly choppers
โœŒ๏ธ ๐Ÿš ๐Ÿ”

Photos from Runnymede Farm's post 29/03/2022

Out setting poly wires (temporary electric fences to control grazing) for the cows in a dry feed stockpile yesterday I was stoked to see this chicory thriving after a very dry summer in heavy clay. ๐Ÿฅณ ๐ŸŽ‰

This was sown 2 years ago as a sprinkle in the seed mix to see wether it would survive the harsh conditions that are a puggy clay in winter & concrete in summer. ๐ŸŒฑ โ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ’š

Tough as boots IF given relief from grazing pressure. More chicory in the mix this year as we build this soils health before being able to establish higher value perennials. You can waste a lot of $$ on seeds the grounds not ready for ๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ˜ต chicory is an excellent coloniser of bare ground and compacted soil!

We ๐Ÿ’š plants!!!

22/03/2022

You're looking at the happiest horse in Harvey ๐Ÿ˜‚ maybe even a little disbelieving of the 'chore' in front of her. When volunteers were required to clean up the millet from the worm windrow Poco was a pretty good candidate. Unlike the chickens or pigs she could promise she'd only snack on what was offered above ground!

๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿด

21/03/2022

To say the cow herd are happy to be moved from dry feed to irrigation clean up is an understatement!

Maintaining ground cover is one of the keys to improving and maintaining soil health, but too much cover with our summer active grasses forms thatchy material that acts like a mulch preventing our winter annuals from getting a start, and prevents our soil applications from getting contact with the soil. We could do this with a mechanical mulcher.... But prefer the four legged solar powered option. Loving these perfect autumn days!

20/03/2022

Boss daaawg getting a 'taste' for soil investigation paddock adventures ๐Ÿ˜†

Her refined pallet senses waterlogging, compaction & bacteria. Disappointingly shallow roots with a lack of the fuity flavours of fungi and an overall dissatisfying absence of the light but essential smack of air.

Our irrigation paddocks, and the rest of the farm, are a work in progress to improve soil health. Still a loooong way to go but some encouraging earthworm activity, most puny but some big fat suckers, that was absent when we started is an indication we're heading in the right direction.

The importance of improving all soils cannot be understated. The health of our soils reflects the health of our planet.

19/03/2022

This is going to be careful ride home ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Dedication to the good eggs, 8 dozen jumbos heading home with Dave, all whilst dodging the fuel bowser. What a legend!

13/03/2022

Someone needs to explain to these hens I'm here to collect the eggs, not the chickens......

11/03/2022

Doing a holistic management course with Brian was one of the first things we did when we first started farming. So glad we did!

Hey, WA. We're heading to your with our Regenerative Agriculture course.
HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT: A FOUNDATION FOR REGENERATION
at the Muresk Institute starting in July 2022.
Come and join us. Contact [email protected] for information.
"Absolutely loved doing this course and so glad I did it. I met amazing people at it. I was very empowered by Brian who delivered the learning with excellent knowledge backed by his own experiences farming holistically using the method that he teaches in his own life and using examples for us to look at. Itโ€™s a course everyone would benefit from and made the learning fun and enjoyable. I have learned new skills that I am excited to utilise. So grateful that Brian travelled over to teach us West Aussies".
Megan Brooks, Perth

08/03/2022

Hylines can do rainbow eggs too ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐ŸŒˆ

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿฅš ๐Ÿณ

Nice work ladies!

What's your favourite colour?!

07/03/2022

A tranquil evening out with the grass finishing mob. The majority of these guys will be turned off at the end of this month into the @dirtycleanfood grass finished beef program & the rest in April.

It's time for us to start drying out some of our irrigation to give the soil a breather before winter.

Learning to manage flood irrigation since we took over this place has been a steep curve, a process that we've not perfected yet, but will keep working on til we've got a system that ticks all our boxes for building soil, growing healthy grass above & below ground, utilising precious water resources effectively & having a good time whilst doing it!

Photos from Runnymede Farm's post 06/03/2022

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery......

& if this imitation goes further than the packaging I would be absolutely chuffed to see the welfare of hens & management of agricultural systems to increase the health of our environment becoming a priority for more & larger egg producers.

Were you aware that the pastured egg production system is not recognised & regulated like other forms of egg production by governing body Australian Eggs?

As a tiny sector in the egg trade most of us rely on a direct connection to consumers via short supply chains, transparency on our socials & websites & real life interaction via markets, open days & farm visits to ensure the integrity of our claims.

If eggs are claiming to be pastured & don't offer any of the above, there's a good chance that they're deceiving you & your good intent to use your $$ to support high animal welfare & environmental responsibility. A basic Google search with some of the information clearly available on cartons will reveal enough information for you to make an informed decision.

If a farm is proud of their production system & knows it meets your expectations they will have no hesitation in sharing real images of how their animals live.

Know your farmer, know your food, and be sure your dollars are supporting the kind of food systems you want more of ๐Ÿ˜‰


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25/02/2022

We're having a retro return with our cartons design for a few weeks. Our cartons are made in Melbourne so we've got a little bit of Corona slow, lil bit nullabor flood freight backlog & a lil bit Blythe just should a put the bloomin order in earlier.

Anywho, we'll mask it as a dip into nostalgia remembering our favourite cover girl Bacon, my favourite shirt which somehow shrunk in the wash ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿ˜‰ & a time where we really did collect eggs in a bucket ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Watch til the end to see if you can tell which maremma decided this shoot was OVER ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ

See you tomorrow market folk!






24/02/2022

Pretty little pair โค๏ธ ๐Ÿฎ

23/02/2022

The 'baby' @pilbaraworkingdogs Boss having her first solo run on cattle.....

Blythe's opinion: A pretty good start, brave, switched on & balanced, a bit bolshy & eager to discipline even a discarded thought of stepping out of line.

Heifers opinion: Bossy, crass & a little bit scary ๐Ÿ˜‚

A bit to go before this little lady joins the big dogs on the bigger jobs, but with excellent instinct bred into her she's going to be a valuable team member when she gets there. Reckon she'll cause me a few grey hairs though ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ• โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ต

Photos from Runnymede Farm's post 20/02/2022

Pastured eggs are so good because the hens live a good life. Our hens have mobile houses that move around the farm, meaning the hens have constant access to pasture: chasing ๐Ÿ›, dust bathing, social interaction, climbing ๐ŸŒณ. They put themselves to bed at night ๐Ÿ’ค & lay their ๐Ÿฅš in the nest boxes in their houses. The doors on these houses don't shut unless it's to block a storm or wind on one side.

The biggest problem with real free range is that ๐Ÿ”, although feirce little dinosaurs, have little defence against predators like ๐ŸฆŠ ๐Ÿฆ… ๐Ÿˆ & roaming dogs. In a big step in 2021 we went even freeer range when we decided that our Maremma team were ready to step up & stopped using labour intensive & flexibility limiting electric netting to contain the hens to a controlled area.

These dogs carry huge responsibility. Last week our team shot 4 foxes in 1 hour on the other side of the property to the hens & dogs. There are hundreds of ๐ŸฆŠ in close vicinity every night.

The loss of Gabby & deterioration of Bacons health at the start of the year saw us look to strengthen our team & we are very fortunate to take on mature dogs from @thedirtroadhobbyfarm. Arlo Chipolata & Peter Toast are lovely dogs (surnames awarded on their Runnymede arrival fitting with our 'best with eggs' theme ๐Ÿ˜†) & we are grateful to Tom & Annie for seeing RMF as a wonderful home for them. Young dog Monty Mayo has also joined us due to some behavioural issues associated with litter mate syndrome & he has settled in well. One of our older dogs will head off to help him sister learn the ropes once our pack dynamics have settled.

1. Peter Toast - sweet & timid in nature, dedicated to his hens๐Ÿฅ

2. Arlo Chipolata - confident, capable guardian, a relation to Bacon๐Ÿพ

3. Beans & P.T - Beans survived a tiger snake bit 2.5 years ago & has thrived in the netting free environment โค๏ธ

4. Rafael is a @pilbaraworkingdog guardian, he came south to have puppies with Bacon in 2021 ๐Ÿ˜ญ she got sick before she came in season & he has stayed down for now to cover the huge role she played in our team ๐Ÿ™

5. Monty Mayo - a young goofball ๐Ÿถ

6. Winston - this big dog gives the best cuddles ๐Ÿ•

15/02/2022

New term of extreme contentment: Happy as a hen dust bathing in cool ground on a hot day!

They are such characters, living here happily in a natural environment where they can express all of their chickenness. THIS is why there is such a difference in pastured eggs!!

Do your eggs come from a system where chickens can behave like chickens?! Pastured eggs are a small but growing part of the egg industry. High welfare, commercially productive systems where the animal and the environment are respected. It's not future food, it's available to you right now through regenerative production โค๏ธ ๐Ÿฅ ๐Ÿ‚ ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ€ ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒž ๐Ÿ’ฆ




13/02/2022

5yo Curly had the upper hand over the 2yo Redemption son, but were evenly enough matched that the battle soon simmered to reluctant tolerance. The power in these animals is incredible!

These are the first two bulls into the batch pad. They've run with separate herds for joining to reduce the risk of injury whilst on the job. Another few yearling bulls will head in over the next few days, always a bit if a risky / nervous time hoping no one takes it too far.....

11/02/2022

The sun setting on some gritty weeks down here.

2022 has been a challenging start for us, with some health hiccups slowing both Gregg & Blythe down. Gregg has spent time in hospital with a bacterial infection in his knee & a little rendezvous with a mozzie has left Blythe pretty sore & sorry with Ross River Virus. Add in multiple breakdowns of key equipment, deaths of beloved & essential working dogs & more days over 40 that we'd normally see over a handful of summers & we're a bit weary!

Immensely grateful for all of our peeps who have pulled together to help keep things rolling. There's been drop in egg collecting, cattle work, care packages, cake, chore running & market support, not to mention sympathetic ears for the occasional rant! You're all awesome & were lucky to have you.

If pressure makes diamonds then 2022 sure aiming to make us sparkle ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’Ž ๐Ÿ˜†

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