’The Basil Girl' (me!) is located on a small 5 acre farm in Gardners Bay, close to Cygnet. The acreage is beautiful flat creek-side pasture. The property has a small market garden (currently around 1/2 acre) with the rest being devoted to pasture for my horses; and my free-ranging chooks and ducks.
I (Christina) have been gardening for nearly 10 years as a way to grow my own food and indulge my passion for vegetables, but this is my first year as a ‘serious’ producer. I moved to Tasmania from the UK 15 years ago after falling in love with the place while I was backpacking; and I haven’t looked back.
I grow using organic principles (spray free!), and enjoy integrating the horses, chooks and ducks into my garden and pasture management. I have discovered that I am passionate about growing interesting and different varieties of vegetables & herbs that add flair and flavour to a meal. I love basil (as you can tell) and this year have trialled several varieties that have blown me away - including liquorice, lime and lemon varieties. I plan to increase production of these next year… Wish me luck! I am also an ardent fan of Spaghetti Squash and they have been my main selling crop this year. I love learning more about this versatile veg and sharing recipes with customers.