Crissy Rowcliff has faced one of the most challenging years of her life on the land, but it's not for the reason you might think.
It isn't drought or even flooding rains that has put an obstacle in her way, it's actually her highly confused crops.
Her vegetables and even her fruit trees have been acting like it was spring since early winter.
Summer crops like tomatoes, capsicums and chillies have continued to grow throughout winter and have even thrived.
Many of the winter vegetables have gone to seed early, leaving her quite disappointed.
The broccoli and snow peas have struggled to grow quickly and produce a decent yield - and when it comes to cabbages, well, nothing much is happening there either.
Meanwhile the mulberry tree, which usually develops fruit in spring, was extremely ahead of its normal schedule.
"This year the mulberry tree lost all of its leaves [and since July it] has been starting to regrow and shoot - leaves are growing and the fruit is forming," she said.
"Usually it starts to get a few little red fruit on there around September 1.
"I've got a couple of peach trees and a nectarine tree that were in full bloom in July and that is a few weeks early.
"Snow peas have always been very successful through winter but this year they have struggled a little bit and I think it's because they really like the cold temperatures.
"The first year we moved in we had them growing right through until November.
"I've grown some broccolini this year and it is getting a big plant and it is going to seed early and so I'm not getting much from it.
"A lot of things I have planted, thinking they would be ready in a few weeks time and they have taken a lot longer. Other things I have tried to grow, like cabbages, have taken forever to form a head."
Ms Rowcliff thinks the warmer weather throughout winter, despite a few cold snaps, has signalled to the crops on her Lochinvar farm that it was spring.
"We haven't had as cold a winter as usual, we've had some cold days and a couple of frosts but that's it," she said.
"It has been a fairly mild winter for us, and during the days it almost feels like a summer's day. I've definitely noticed being out in the yard in winter that it's cold in the morning and you're rugged up but by 10 or 11am you are stripping off because it has warmed up."
The change in the season has made it challenging to grow crops to sell at the twice monthly Slow Food Earth Market Maitland in The Levee.
This is the first year she has taken part in the market and she has found a lot of the earth market farmers have been having similar problems.
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