Friday 18 June 10am and Saturday 19 June 8am, and also on podcast:
Ruth’s special guest, Norm McLarty, is one of our precious 'district elders’. Norm has lived all his life on Woodsomlea Farm in Northwood, 21 kilometres from Seymour. Born 19th February, 1929 to Alex and Ellen McLarty, and brother to siblings, Keith, Elva and Joy. He married Kath from the district in 1958, and together they bore five children, Faye, Gary, Pam, Nola, and Valerie. Kath was the love of his life and they had a very happy 51 years together until she passed in 2009.
At 92, Norm continues to live on the farm over the road from son Gary and partner Chris, along with daughter Sarah. Gary and Chris have been running the farm for the last 15 years. Gary continues to make land improvements with fencing off the river to prevent the sheep from getting into the Goulburn, along with keeping down bank erosion. Minimising stock grazing not only protects the remnant trees and regrowth of the Acacia but also creates more bird habitat. He is also trying to maintain ground cover especially for the dry seasons, and generally to protect and conserve the remaining top soil.
Daughter in Law, Chris Aldridge, also joins us on EarthChat this week as Norm fills us in on what it was like growing up on the farm during the Depression and the Second World War.
And, stay tuned to the end when he has a special surprise for us!
EarthChat on Friday at 10am and repeated Saturday for breakfast at 8am.