Teaching people to become more self-sufficient through learning how to grow delicious, organic veggies and collect fresh eggs from happy chickens … all from their own backyard.

Learn how to create your own self-sufficient source of food in any space and enjoy an endless source of homegrown goodness.

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Hi, I’m Jo. In 2016 with my hubby Ant, we purchased a 6 ½ acre property in the stunning Hunter Valley NSW. It had been a dream of mine since I can remember to live the country life surrounded by nature and animals.

I have always been backyard self-sufficient in one way or another but I wanted to take this to the next level.

My beautiful husband agreed on a tree-change so off we went. As soon as we saw the property, we knew it was the one. The shed, the house and really the whole property needed love but we were prepared to do what was needed to realize our dream.

At first, we had no idea what we were doing, we had to learn through lots of trial and error and over time we have gotten better at understanding the land and our eco-system.

I have grown much of my own food in my backyard for over 20 years but growing on a larger scale meant some adjustments and learnings. Ohh… the learnings.

Some of these learnings include:

  • Polytunnels can fly quite high over a fence into the neighboring paddock
  • Fixing fences in 40+deg heat is not fun
  • Chickens really are mini velociraptors
  • Digging in compacted dry clay is like trying to dig through concrete
  • It can rain on either side of your property while you don’t get a drop
  • Rabbits appreciate my vegetable garden
  • I can get totally distracted by the animals outside my office window for hours.
  • Muddy dam water tastes horrible but is great for your skin
  • Fruit trees planted over bodies grow really well. (don’t call the authorities, these are rescue hens who have passed away)
  • Sheep have a sense of humor
  • There is nothing that compares to a morning coffee while watching the sunrise in the valley from your backdoor.


We love it so much we want to share it with others to. Plans are in place to expand so people can come and visit us here.   Sharing what we have learnt and continue to learn with others, our family, our friends, giving rejected animals a new home and growing good food and living in harmony with nature is what we are passionate about.

What self-sufficiency means to us

Being self-sufficient doesn’t have to mean moving to the middle of nowhere and going totally off-grid.

It’s about making small everyday changes to help you live a lower impact life while providing for yourself and your family in a sustainable and fun way using what you have available to you today.

I am the first to admit we love our creature comforts here at SoH Farmlet but, also understand the importance of living mindfully, giving back to the earth, and minimising our carbon footprint.

We want to share with you our journey into self-sufficiency so that you can grow your own amazing organic food, keep bees or chickens, grow some windowsill herbs or just feel inspired to start taking small baby steps towards a more thoughtful existence aligned with nature.

Self-sufficiency can easily fit into any lifestyle. City apartments, busy families, small or large backyards, community gardens or courtyards. There is no one way to be self-sufficient or to grow your own food. As you will find out, there are many different things you can do that will be just right for your situation.

Maybe you can trade mowing your neighbor’s lawn for some homegrown eggs, learn to ferment your leftover vegetables or make your own household cleaning products. There are lots of ways to be more self-sufficient, it’s all about finding what works for you.

We’re sure you will find something that helps, inspires or challenges you to deepen your current knowledge, or even try something completely new.

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Meet Jo

As long as I can remember I have always wanted to live on my very own piece of land, rescue, and care for animals & live a life that is aligned with nature.

Want to start your own sustainable journey?

Learn how to create your own self-sufficient source of food in any space and enjoy an endless source of homegrown goodness.

Keeping chickens is so much easier than you think!

Download my simple beginners 'chicklist' to get you started.

Keeping chickens is so much easier than you think!

Download my simple beginners 'chicklist' to get you started.

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