I have received a longed-for invitation. I will be travelling to Melbourne every week for the next three months to bring a long-held dream to life: developing a range of indigenous Australian products that make people healthier.
This research is work that I have been undertaking in conjunction with my popcorn, and I think the two projects are complementary. Farmers are in a rare position of being able to enact practices that can benefit both our land and our consumers. The more creative and forward-looking we can be, the greater the impact we can make. It will be wonderful working with experts in the field to create something worthwhile.
I also have the joy of watching my crop of popcorn mature. I checked on it with a friend this week, and was delighted to find that the little cobs have a luminous purple-blue colour. Watching the cycle of growth, from seed to plant to harvest is a humbling reminder of the exquisite diversity and drive to creation that surrounds us everywhere on the planet.
These new opportunities will present a balancing act. Our Sunday on the farm has been a welcome day to pause and meet the new calves born over the past week. Their mothers are protective and caring; the calves hungry, demanding, and utterly adorable.
In two weeks' time, my Sundays will be spent driving five hours to Melbourne. Guests and suggestions for podcasts welcome! I have set my priorities, though, and the people I love will always be travellers on this journey with me, one way or another.