OUR PROMISE IS "IF WE SELL IT, WE USE IT ON THE FARM OURSELVES"
This list is by no means comprehensive.
We will be adding to it all the time so it is worth revisiting
1) TOOLS WE OFTEN GET ASKED ABOUT BUT WHICH WE DON'T SELL
Go to this website if you want to purchase a scythe in Australia -www.scythesaustralia.com.au
Scythe Supply Company - www.scythesupply.com
North American company specialising in scythes.
Burgon & Ball - www.burgonandball.com
UK company that stocks a good range of scythes, replacement blades, sharpening stones and other cutting tools.
2-WHEEL WALK BEHIND TRACTORS
Here at Allsun Farm which have used a Caravaggi Bio Mulchers, a walkbehind tractor fitted with a Tortella spader which with it's reciprecation action is so much better for preserving soil structure than a rotary tiller. We now have added a bed former.
Vin Rowe Farm Machinery - imports the best Italian BSC/Pascquali walking tractors, rotary hoes, Tortella Spaders, R2 Rinaldi Power Harrows, Berta Flail Mulchers and Rotary Ploughs, BCS Tipping Trailers, BCS Ridgers(Furrowers), BCS Sickle Mowers, BCS Slasher Mowers, Biagioli 5 tyne Cultivators, single and reverible mouldboard ploughs and potato lifters.
Our contact at Vin Rowe is Terry Evans who has been working with walking tractors since 1979, he is knowledgeable and very helpful and we have been dealing with him since the late eightiesEmail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob 0438 231 362
We are often asked about electric fence energisers. We don't stock them because there is a large range of good brands and models readily available. Daken is an Australian company with an informative website that produces high quality energisers that we use and recommend. Energisers can be bought from any stock and station agents or farm supply company that keeps electric fencing.
HEAT PADS FOR PROPAGATING SEEDLINGS
In the colder parts of Australia is is very important to get heat loving vegetables like tomatoes, capsicums and eggplants started early. We always use heat pads to get an early start, they are available from Green Harvest
2) BOOKS & THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE THEM
The following people have been a great inspiration to us.
Most of what we know has come from reading their books, talking to them and then trying out their ideas and methods on our own farm:
HELEN & SCOTT NEARING
Living The Good Life
The Good Life Picture Album
Continuing The Good Life
Building And Using Our Sun Heated Greenhouse
Our Home Made Of Stone
The Making Of A Radical
The New Organic Grower
Four Seasons Harvest
Salad Bar Beef
Pastured Poultry Profits
You Can Farm
Small Scale Grain Raising
The Contrary Farmer
The Contrary Farmers Invitation To Gardening
You Can Go Home Again
The Salad Garden
The New Seed Starters Handbook
The Farming Ladder Faber & Faber
Farmers Progress Faber & Faber
The Farming Manual Faber & Faber 1960
ANDY LEE & PAT FOREMAN
Day Range Poultry - Every Chicken Owner's Guide to
Grazing Gardens and Improving Pastures
Good Earth Publications 2002
CRISTOPHER ALEXANDER et al
The Timeless Way Of Building Oxford University Press 1977
A Pattern Language Oxford University Press 1977
3) SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE INTERNET SITES
Amazon.com is our first stop when we are looking for a title that we think is still in print
However some of the books that are listed above are no longer in print and you will have to scour the second hand book market
Chelsea Green Books for Sustainable Living.
Chelsea Green are the publishers of our favourite vegetable growing book 'The New Organic Grower' plus many other most interesting titles.
Innovative Shelter, Energy, Garden, Small Farm, Whole Foods, Sustainable Forestry, Nature, Travel, Rural Renaissance, Livelihood.
We often visit "the HUB" A personal newsletter from the publisher at Chelsea Green, intended for denizens of The Invisible Universe who think that it's important, and even fun, to live lives where human activities are in balance and harmony with nature.
|New Gippsland Seed Farm is our favourite Australian seed company. They have a good range of both vegetable and flower seed, they are helpful when you phone them up and delivery is prompt.
||Johnny's Selected Seeds is one of the best seed companies that we know. It has a really infomative catalogue and hosts a terrific web site.
ORGANIC FARMING BROADSHEETS
If you are interested in subscribing to a newspaper on organic farming go to the following web sites.
Acres USA - a magazine for eco-agriculture that is read world wide and published monthly. This site includes many reprinted articles that are worth reading.
Acres Australia - published monthly.
Site includes a good online bookstore.
If you are interested in pastured poultry a great place to start is the Sustainable Farming Connection site. The pastured poultry resources give you links to a number of useful sources of information.
Good Earth Publications publishes two good books on free range poultry and also has links to a number of other publishers who provide valuable information on conscious living and sustainable lifestyles.
The Sustainable Farming Connection leads to many useful alternative farming sites.
If you only ever go to one web site make it this one! Natural Capitalism Amory & Hunter Lovins and Paul Hawken outline the solutions to many of our current world problems.
Permaculture resource guide for the Canberra Region go to Ecosdesign. Dave Tooley & Stephen Glanville offer an excellent Permaculture Design service and interesting web site.
SWEP is an independent Australian laboratory providing agricultural & horticultural Soil Balance Analysis, (with interpretation using the Mikhail System) as well as Plant & Water testing. SWEP's aim is to enhance sustainable productivity, particularly for Organic, Biodynamic and Holistic farming systems.
CSIRO is doing some very innovative work with water and irrigation monitoring on our farm. Visit our CSIRO web page to have a look at the experiments on our farm. Continue to browse the CSIRO site to find out more about the Full Stop water measuring device and the technology that is available to record data onto an internet data base, using your mobile phone.
4) OTHER GOOD TOOL SITES IN AUSTRALIA
STAINLESS STEEL GARDEN IMPLEMENTS
Digadoo - www.digadoo.com.au is an Australian company that manufactures
a range of excellent quality stainless steel
shovels and spades.
The excellent forks and spades, made by the English tool company Bulldog, are now available in Australia from   Gardenwear - www.bulldogtools.com.au
Our favourite implement is a 4 Prong Compost Fork with a tubular steel handle. It is the perfect lightweight tool for moving and turning compost, hay, etc.
136 Green Oaks Drive, COOLUM BEACH, QLD, 4573
ph: 1800 726 687
5) TOOL AND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS IN
COUNTRIES OTHER THAN AUSTRALIA
Snail Mail 'ALLSUN FARM', GUNDAROO, NSW, 2620 AUSTRALIA