Nestled in the countryside just west of Port Macquarie is the charming Davis Farm, where on Thursday evenings you can hear the harmonic sounds of their newly-formed community choir.
The Davis Farm Community Choir isn't your average group of songbirds. Ages of members range from 10 to 60, with the idea behind forming the group being to improve mental health of members and create a social activity for everyone to enjoy.
The choir was formed by Davis Farm owner Aj Davis and Bec Harris in April this year.
"We had both been thinking about starting a choir, but we didn't actually meet each other until Bec came out here to buy some Guinea Fowl," Aj said.
"Bec has been teaching music for 30 years and I have been involved in musical theatre since I was 10, so it all just fell into place."
The Davis Farm is a not-for-profit sustainable farm and aims to teach ethical farming, inclusion and healthy living.
Steve and Aj Davis decided to open their farm up to the community after gardening became a tool to help improve their own mental health.
"With our own struggles with mental health we turned to gardening and now we're able to help others in the same way by welcoming them to our farm," Aj said.
This idea of improving mental health by being outdoors on the farm also extended to the formation of the community choir.
"Every event we have here at the farm has something to do with mental health and all music is good for the soul," Aj said.
"The choir is something that will get people out of their comfort zone and allows them to try something different."
Aj said she has been blown away with the support the community has shown for the choir.
"We have between 20 and 25 people in the choir now and we make sure everyone has a choice in the songs that we sing."
The group have been learning local Indigenous songs as well as picking songs that are more of an unusual choice for a choir.
"We have a couple of members from New Zealand, so we have also been learning some Maori songs as well."
Once the group have finished their choir practice on a Thursday evening they enjoy supper together and take time to socialise.
"It's a way for people to grow connections in the community. We also always take the time to say what we are thankful for and what we're working towards to make sure we stay positive," Aj said.
"We're really happy with how the choir is going. A bit of fun is very much what the community needs, especially after the year that we've had.
"Focusing on mental health is important and being able to help others is really special."
The Davis Farm Community Choir meet on Thursday evenings from 5.30pm. Members are asked to pay between $5 and $25 to join.
For more information and to get in touch with the group, visit the Davis Family Farm Community Choir Facebook page.
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