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Web Child is the online hub for all the CHILD magazines and they’re running their first-ever iBook giveaway. The children’s story it will feature, is none other than The Importance Of Poo! A total of 10 copies wil be given away between 24 March – 4 April, including 5 interactive iBooks with sound and 5 non-sound iBooks. So, if you’re an iPad or mac lover and want to be ‘poopular’, check out for your chance to win. Read the 4 out of 5 star Web Child review here
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Mercury January 2014 Tasmanian Great Poo Hunt The Tassie Farm

This is not the first time Tassie has held a poo hunt. A fox dropping survey was carried out in 2008 and 2010, collecting more than 6000 scats. This time around, the 2014 hunt has cast its net further. Forty volunteers were being scooped up to search for poo belonging to feral cats and dogs, foxes and native predators such as devils and quolls. Hoping for an update, The Tassie Farm has contacted the Project Officer from the Department of Primary Industries. So, we should be reporting back to you with more Scat Facts soon. The project is funded by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. Full story:

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The Importance Of Chook Poo!

February 20, 2014

The chook poo in this photo was taken at a farm gate just outside Anglesea in Victoria. As many ‘regular’ Tassie Farm fans will know, chook poo features in our children’s book ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ Here’s an extract:

Cluck! Cluck! Chook’s Poo. Makes greener grass.
Yuck! Yuck! Chook’s Poo. From a chicken’s…bottom!

Oh indeed! and chook poo is big in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. It therefore has a higher nutrient content, than cow or sheep poo, because a chook’s diet is so intensive – anything from calcium supplements (which strengthen their shells) to compost.

Chook poo’s ‘pootency’ has its pluses and minuses. Its high nitrogen levels make it great for fertilising lawns and for use in the vegie garden. But it also has greater phosphorous levels too, so using it long-term on native plants, such as banksias, grevilleas and waratahs, can kill them.

So, the trick is to only use chook poo once it’s composted down or when you’ve diluted it. This will make sure it doesn’t burn your plants. Ideally ‘aged’ chook poo is the best: 6-9 months if you can find some!

Tip: If you’re buying at the farm gate ask if their chook manure has been mixed with bedding materials, such as sawdust. This will dilute nutrient levels.

Dr gives books the tick

February 17, 2014

Language and Linguistics expert, Dr Douglas sent this message to us just after she bought an iPad and downloaded the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm iBooks. As you can imagine, we were tickled pink to know that she and her daughters enjoyed our stories. Dr Douglas’ research interests include narrative analysis, child language acquisition and word learning (Autism Spectrum Disorders). iBooks available from iTunes/iBookstore. 

Poo in newspaper!

February 10, 2014

The Tassie Farm's children's book authors
Poo is making headlines! This scatological tale was created to raise money for the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Children’s books for a children’s charity – it’s the best idea these two  authors have ever had. For the full story visit

Thank Poo! Gardening Club

February 3, 2014

middleton country fair the tassie farm

Thank you to The South Channel Gardening Club for helping us spread the word about the newly-released ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ paperbacks at The Middleton Country Fair.

Glorious weather and big crowds were relished for the one-day event. While the gardener’s were showing off their fare, Kerry and Nick were selling raffle tickets at the Middleton Fire Brigade stand, where Nick is a volunteer fiery. Local celebrities took to the stage, namely Tasmania’s much-loved Tino Carnevale from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese, Telstra’s 2013 Business Award winner.

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Berry Ice Cream Recipe

December 30, 2013

We made this berry-licious Cuisinart recipe with raspberries – but strawberries can be used too. The fresher the better but frozen berries are a great back-up. Here’s our raspberry jam recipe too

Ingredients: Makes about 5 cups (ten half cup servings).
1.5 cups raspberries or strawberries
¾ cup whole milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1.5 cups heavy cream
1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Step 1: Put the strawberries into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Pulse berries until rough/finely chopped (depending on preference). Reserve in bowl.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Stir in reserved berries with all juices. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.

Step 3: Turn on your ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving. This ice cream is light, sweet and fruity.

Fat Pig Farm Loves Poo!

December 23, 2013

Thanks to Sadie, Hedley and The Gourmet Farmer (Matthew Evans) –  who loved the iBook SFX version of Poo! and posted a review on their page If you don’t have an iPad, don’t worry! A limited edition print run of ‘The Importance Of Poo!’ will be available in the Poo Year! Like us on Facebook so we can let you know when they are ready. For a sneak preview and free iBook sample, check out the widgets on the RHS of this blog. This funny and runny story is only $3.99 and half the proceeds are donated to the Cambodia Children’s Fund, founded by Australian humanitarian, Scott Neeson


December 11, 2013

11 December 2013. Today is the last date for 90 years that will have three numbers in a row. The next time won’t be until 1 February, 2103 (010203). For those of us who love a pattern, here are some more number games:

1. Since 2003 there has been a sequential date pattern every year: 010203; 020304; 030405; 040506; 050607; 060708; 070809; 080910; 091011; 101112.

2. However, in the USA (for example) where the date format is mm/dd/yyyy, the next consecutively-numbered date will be in 2014 on 12/13/14.

3. At 8:09:10 a.m., the time and date will read as 8:09:10 11/12/13, a full complement of consecutive numbers.

4. At 2:15:16 p.m., when stated in military time, it will be 11/12/13 14:15:16; a series of six increasing numbers.

5. For a simple sequence, at 9:10 p.m., it will be 9:10 11/12/13.

6. At 10:21:11 p.m., when stated in military time, it will be 11/12 22:21:11, which gives us a palindrome of 11122-22111.

7. At 2:11:21 a.m., it will be 12/11 2:11:21 which is three repeats of three numbers: 121-121-121.

8. If your inner number nerd is still hungry for more, there are a total of 22 date patterns for 11/12/13 listed on the Date Pattern Calculator.

If your brain is numb from numbers here is an old wives’ tale: It’s believed that good luck comes to those brides and grooms who tie the knot on a sequential date. Maybe because men will find it easier to remember their anniversary date!


Give small this Christmas but make a big difference. For just $8 you’ll be able to give three children’s books and at the same time donate to the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF). Higgledy-Piggledy Farm gives half of all book proceeds to CCF. (50% CCF; 30% iBookstore royalties; 20% authors’ costs). Free samples of all Higgledy-Piggledy Farm books are available on the right hand side of this blog. We’re creating children’s books for a children’s charity.