When Tony Coote was buried in August on his beloved property, Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, his mischievous sense of humour was evident: he was lowered into his grave in a handmade wicker basket made of willow.
It was, some say, a parting gesture to those who had complained about him planting willow trees to repair degraded landscapes.
Like the rest of New South Wales, Mulloon Creek is in drought. The egg and beef operation, 45 minutes outside Canberra, is experiencing its driest seven months on record, with less than 150mm of rainfall.
But, unlike other farms in the region, there's water flowing through the creek — crystal clear water, good enough to drink.
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