SUMMERTIME Throwbacks - Sadie Chrestman from Fat Pig Farm. It’s never too late to start farming!
January 03, 2022
Summer is for going slow with your people. We're making the most of this too here at FS HQ. But don't worry, we've created a short & sexy summer season of thought provocation by delving into the archives & reloading some of the best conversations we've recorded over the last two years.
This week, Sadie Chrestman that beautiful soul from Fat Pig Farm shares her story of moving to Tassie with partner Matthew Evans to start a new, rural life - in her forties. We ask her what it’s like being ‘that famous treechanger’, why she’s obsessed with the soil, about her pledge to drink tea with strangers, and how she discovered her dream job at 50.
Her humble, level-headed wisdom is the antidote to overwhelm and an inspiration for anyone wanting to radically change their life - one pig at a time.
- Sadie’s unconventional childhood in India and Indonesia.
- The impacts of COVID-19 on Fat Pig Farm’s long table lunches.
- Pros and cons of homesteading (in covid times)
- Why you can’t isolate yourself from your community (even if you’re pursuing self-sufficiency).
- Why to knock on your neighbour’s door and say hello - even if you live in the city.
- How to stop worrying so much about what people think.
- The beauty of finding something in common with a complete stranger.
- A pledge to connect at the school bus stop.
- Why growing food and replenishing the soil helps reassure her in a time of climate emergency.
- How you can generate your own sense of place - even if you’re a long way from home.
- Words of encouragement for first generation or “older” farmers.
- The simple ways we can all begin a transitional path to a better tomorrow.
- Has Sadie ever doubted the path she’s on?
- Sadie’s one piece of advice for a better tomorrow.
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