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Go Fund me – Bush fire eco affected business NSW

After a exhausting start to the year (see our below post) has left us about 5 years behind of where we were.

We are so proud to have created our eco permaculture farm, built by us over 18 years, with no loans at all apart from the initial purchase of our land.

Even though our home is insured our farm is not, this was a financial decision and unfortunately all that burnt was not insured ie fences, tanks, poly pipe, orchard trees, crops and orchard netting.

We have started up a go fund me page to help us get back on our feet and our orchards and fencing and irrigation all back to where it was.

When and during we would also love to have any visits from anyone to be part of or just have a look at our farm as a thank you for your help.

Please click on the link below to see our full story which will also take you to our Go Fund me page for our Bushfire affected eco business.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-affected-eco-farm?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

 

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BUSH FIRE IMPACT

Wow what a start to the year.

For all our social media followers you will know that we have been impacted by the NSW fires, for those who don’t this is our story.

We invested the most we have ever done, with an amazing 2019, even with the drought and 3 failed crops.With 12 years in business, well supported with articles in ABC earthgarden mag, tv interviews, innovation hub award we were set to rocket in 2020 with every day in January devoted to a pop up shop or market’s from mallacoota to bermi with the hope of finally getting ahead…..and than the fires hit, all market’s cancelled, our income lost.

December 2019

The first one b4 new years we were to late to leave, we had to bunker down, it was 3km away,
our farm survived.

JANUARY 2020

In the next week we were hunting for fuel and food as panic set in with 10s of thousands of tourist up and         down the coast, all roads out were blocked.
When it was safe all tourist were evacuated, all roads available out were at a snail pace for days.

A meeting we had in our small rural town, full to the brim the news was grim.
“There will be no help, there will be no planes, it will be just us, the danger is high, stay and you will die”

Our animals we had to leave, as prepared to stay we were, we had to flee. Then the sky turned orange than day to night, the fire spread quickly through the night, a 60km monster devoured our state from the Vic border to nethercote in one night.

Our property survived, back we went again to prepare, all week again we racked and mowed we taped our windows and moved our stock, exhausted for 2 weeks we have fought.

To the ground I fell with tears as I read, once more you must flee, the monster is awake once more.

Of the millions donated we still had no help, again we were told no one will come! Our town is without fuel, on the craziest night of all, the fire trucks here had to siphon fuel from a willing local.

We are in our safe house kindly donated in pambula, as I sit I not only worry of my farm and my friends, my hubby is up there to voluntary fire fight to save the town.

All I ask is one simple thing, to support rural business in any way you can, the money DONATED is really good, where it is going I cannot say, its certainty not in our small town.
Our bega mayor is a amazing lady she listens to us and is trying to help.
I haven’t had time to listen to the news, the ABC local fire station, fire apps and facebook updates are all I have done.

As we wait this monster out, 2morrow is another D day, Catastrophic it is labeled, a state emergency it is, will our farm be there, I worry if not will the insurance pay, all I know not.

That night we spent it down the beach, our fire clothes on and dogs on a leash, exhaustion is now greater than fear, its all to normal to be fleeing again, face masks and fire blankets are always on hand.

our farm survived that catastrophic day.

Back we went, we worked some more, working bees to cut dead drought trees out, smoke so thick every day, older livestock died out there, no fresh air to hard to breath.

No school holidays fun, 3 days at home than evacuation notice again, and again, UNTIL……

1st of FEBRUARY 2020

Saturday night we knew would come, our fire chief warned us well.
We packed and moved and raked and cleared and watered and prepared all month, 7 evacuations, 2 near misses and than the one that got us.

Our product, ingredients and house hold treasures, our 50 some animals, all in 5 days, to safety so far away, we were helped by friends so dear to my heart.

It came with force, so dangerous and

fast, poor gregg wasn’t allowed to stay and fight for his own farm.
A volunteer fire fighter he is, all week he has fought along side his fellow volunteers, other peoples places he defended and saved while he knew ours was left to burn. A police road block, no one was left to defend their farm up our mountain it was far to dangerous to stay.

To dangerous to go to our farm until the wee hours of the night he saw from the truck, through thick smoke and flames, the headlights and ash, with tears in his eyes he could not even breath “how the hell is that still there” he said to his mates. there in thick smoke our dear house standing proud, made out of straw and clay with our bear hands.

For the fate of the rest of our farm we did not know as trees were down, than finally we were allowed to go and see.

To our permaculture farm we went in the morning, the drive through our once lush furned forrest was black and charcoal, so hot it burnt nothing was left, i wasn’t prepared for that.

With a very heavy heart i must say first my beloved garden now is burnt beyond repair, our fruit trees and herbs so

Though what a relief as we turned the corner, my lab standing there so tall and so proud, all our buildings cannot believe are still there, a little battle scarred here and there, but there they are, we cant believe our eyes.me burnt to the ground.

Our neighbours aren’t as lucky as us, all is lost all up the hill, only 2 stand still, all the rest are gone, so hot it burnt not a shrub in sight. So many homes and farms are lost all around us, so much loss and sadness, i neighbour in hospital, so much to heal.

What a month its been, 7 evacuations, 2 near misses and one that got us, exhausted we are, now we must heel, so much work to be done, our lives are upside down, we don’t know where to start, but i do know we will.

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IN THE MEDIA

Wow we have had pearler of a year, so much media we can hardly keep up, so in a nut shell

An article in

Pip magazine – fantastic Permaculture mag https://www.pipmagazine.com.au/
South coast mag  with a fantastic 6 page spread – https://www.southcoaststyle.com.au/?s=saarinen+organics
The nude horse – https://thenudehorse.com.au/
Bega newspaper
Merimbula newspaper
Eden newspaper
ABC radio
2ec Radio
Pambula comunity radio
Win TV
to come Iacelerate TV
Nine news

Wow what a year, so grateful xx

 

 

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Know your ingredient: Stinging nettle

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Stinging nettles are those pesky weeds in the back paddock, right? Most people recall getting zapped by one of these plants when they were a kid but what many people don’t realise is that the phytochemicals that cause the stinging sensation are also extremely beneficial to humans when used medicinally.

Origin

Originating from Europe, stinging nettles are found all over the world now, including in cultivation on our farm. Many people think of stinging nettles as a weed but this extraordinary plant has a lot of therapeutic properties for the skin, urinary system, lactation and joints.

History of cultivation

If you’ve ever had a kidney infection and you like alternative therapies, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with nettle tea. Smells a bit like fresh cowpats.

Nettles have been used in Austrian traditional medicine for centuries and pagans used nettle tea as a lactation aid. In Ecuador there are indigenous healers that use stinging nettles to improve fatigue and circulation. They either rub raw leaves directly onto their patient’s skin or they flog them with bundles of the herb. I guess that would wake you up!

Applications

Nettle extracts are used in skincare because they are chockablock full of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper, and they have possess anti-inflammatory qualities.

Want to check out our day cream with sunscreen that has nettle in it? Check it out here.

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Sea change meets tree change

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Sea change meets tree change

Click on the link below to view our lovely video together

https://vimeo.com/327417191

Kay Saarinen and Jo Lane are playing with seaweed and it’s paying off for both of them.
The two women have formed a business partnership based on the principles of permaculture:
local, sustainable and natural.

Kay is the founder and creator of Saarinen Organics, a skincare range that uses organic Australian
ingredients, and Jo is a marine biologist who owns and runs Sea Health Products, a business that
turns wild harvested Golden Kelp into nutraceuticals.

Jo’s seaweed story began when she processed a fisheries permit for Scott Long, the son of Betty
Long, the woman who pioneered the Australian seaweed industry. It piqued Jo’s interest and when
Scott put the business up for sale, she took the plunge and bought it.

That was four years ago. Today she harvests kelp, washes it in rain water, dries it in the sun on
racks and then turns it into powder or granules that can be added to smoothies, salads and taken
as a dietary supplement. She has recently started experimenting with a smoked seafood flakes
that has more flavour than her standard product.

Having recently won a Churchill Fellowship, Jo is about to travel to Korea for the International
Seaweed Symposium where she will visit some of the largest seaweed farms in the world. Her
plan is to learn more about ocean farming so that she can look at implementing these aquaculture
techniques in Australia. She is currently testing seaweed propagation methods with the help of the
local university.

The benefits of farming seaweed are not just about ensuring a reliable supply of kelp for her
business. Thriving kelp forests improve ocean health and biodiversity, and also create a carbon
sink.

When asked what the nutritional benefits of eating seaweed are, Jo says, “Seaweed is like a
natural multivitamin and contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as
iodine that helps regulate the thyroid.”

Sea Health Products sponsors, Jack Hewish, Australian Enduro National mountain bike
champion, who uses it for muscle recovery while some of her other customers use it to treat their
arthritis and thyroid issues.

Seaweed has been used therapeutically for centuries in both Asia and Europe. Jo says there are
spas in Ireland where people bathe with seaweed.
“It’s said to be anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-cellulite,” she says.
The benefits don’t stop there, though.

Kay has started using Jo’s seaweed products in her skincare range. She uses the powder in a face
mask, makes a tincture from the raw product that she adds to her day cream, and uses the
granules in the coffee scrub.
Kay says that seaweed is moisturising, nourishing and has a high silica content that boosts
collagen production in the skin.
Because Kay’s products use the whole plant, they are less reactive with the skin than products that
use seaweed extracts.

Kay says that she loves working with Jo because she’s a scientist.
“I know that her information is good. She knows everything about her product – how to harvest,
when to harvest, what to harvest – her expertise guarantees the quality of the product,” she says.
“It’s a great partnership because we both have science behind us and we both believe in helping
people live healthy, sustainable lives,” says Kay.

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Free replacement, Night and Day cream

NIGHT CREAM AND HEAT
Hello to our lovely customers, we do all we can to ensure our creams are kept in our cool room and also in cooling systems while traveling and at the markets.

Though with unbearable heat waves across Australia we understand that homes will be incredibly hotter than usual so we would like to offer that if any of our most volatile 2 creams, our night and day which are preservative free, if they just don’t seem right we will happily replace them, as we are well supported we want to support you to xx

Please message me if you have any questions and your address for a replacement.

Kind regards

Kay Saarinen

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THe heat and our products

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NIGHT and DAY CREAM AND HEAT
Hello to our lovely customers, we do all we can to ensure our creams are kept in our cool room and also in cooling systems while traveling and at the markets.

Though with unbearable heat waves across Australia we understand that homes will be incredibly hotter than usual so we would like to offer that if any of our most volatile 2 creams, our night and day which are preservative free, if they just don’t seem right we will happily replace them, as we are well supported we want to support you to xx

Please message me if you have any questions and also your details so i can pop one in the post for you free xx

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VITAMIN E – All natural, GMO and Palm oil free

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The Vitamin E we use in our products is GMO-free and vegetable obtained.

Vitamin E Oil is a natural antioxidant. It is very moisturising (particularly helpful due to its close relationship with our sebum oil) and has been known to help minimise scars, help improve severe dry skin, and is also noted for its anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing benefits and its success in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical application of Vitamin E has been proven beneficial in many clinical trials. It has also been found to absorb the energy from ultraviolet (UV) light. This means its helpful in photo-protection and preventing UV-induced free radical damage to skin*.

The Vitamin E Oil that we use at Saarinen Organics products is a natural, GMO-Free Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50) – the purest form of natural vitamin E available and is obtained strictly from plant sources only.

So the very best things you can do is to apply vitamin E nightly and also eat a wide range of food that contain high vitamin E to help you glow from the inside out, what you eat we can definitely see on the skin.

*http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-E

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/

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Michelle Wilkie

Michelle Wilkie reviewed Saarinen Organics. — 5 star

I am a total convert to the Saarinen Organics skin care!
After receiving a gift pack for Xmas from my young daughter (bought on the sly at a local market) I gave the cleanser, day face cream and body & hand cream a go. Loved them all so much I bought a toner from The Market Place in Bega.
The proof is in the pudding as they say, & after some great advice from Kay about how to use the products my skin is feeling fantastic. I love that what I am applying to my skin has been grown locally, organically AND totally works.
The insect repellant absolutely stops bites & the hypericum oil stops itches. The oil was shown to me by a friend who had great success with treating her four children’s mosquito bites!
I’ve had troubled skin and as I age it hasn’t settled the way I had hoped it would – until I started using the Saarinen Organic skin care. I feel like my skin is glowing, and I am so pleased I am using products that will not build up toxins in my body as I continue to use Kay’s beautiful products.
My teenage daughter is also enjoying the benefits of these products and as her hormones are naturally producing a lot of oil, these products are gentle but the pimple system is easy and effective  Thank-you Kay

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ABC South east Story Box landed at our place

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What a great program with many small rural stories out there, the story box got handed around the community for our chance to have a little chat.
When it was our turn it was 5:45 in the morning and I was thrown a bit on this one, my goodness, Trump was elected the night before and I wasn’t ready for that question!!!! lol
Thank you ABC for this
xx KAY

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ABC Rural came out to our Saarinen organics farm for a radio interview

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How wonderful that ABC Rural came out to do a radio interview all the way to our Permaculture farm in Wyndham, the foothills of the Bega Valley, NSW. The interviewer was so wonderful and had me at ease and chatting away. It was easier than i thought when talking from a place of truth and passion.

xx Kay