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Episode 35 - Flourishing in the Desert

Imagine farming in one of the most arid places in Australia. The Litchfield family manages to produce Angus Cross Cattle and Australian White Sheep (a breed suited to the harsh conditions with a self-shedding coat) on the Edge of the Simpson Desert in far-north South Australia. Ellen Litchfield is a farmer, veterinarian and scholar with a keen interest in climate change and some interesting observations about the swing towards plant-based meat alternatives. We are lucky to have captured a spare moment in time to speak with his very accomplished and very busy young mum.

  • Ellen’s favourite place on Wilpoorinna Station with husband and new baby Winston.

  • The challenges of owning a farm on the edge of the Simpson desert in an arid landscape.

  • The unique qualities of the Australian White sheep raised at the Station.

  • Ellen’s interest in climate change and her thoughts on changes for the future.

  • Farmers For Climate Action and how you can get involved.

  • The environmental impacts of climate change and, what we can do to slow this process down.

  • While living in London Ellen noticed a change in the meat market and saw the switch to plant-based alternatives.

  • Ellen’s tips for living sustainably including farmers markets and nose to tail meat use.

  • Her time working as a Vet and why she chose to come back to the land.

  • What Ellen loves most about living and working on the land.

  • The most common misconception about living on the land.

  • The future for Wilpoorinna Station.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.


Wilpoorinna Station


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