Community Buying Group, Commercial Kitchen, Interns and more

Community Buying Group, Commercial Kitchen, Interns and other happenings on the Farm

We’re putting the final touches to a Caroola Farm Community Buying Group for Meat, launching in the coming months. This is for those of you who would like a consistent supply of ethically raised and organic chicken, pork, beef and lamb. We’ve been thinking about this for a while but, after a visit on the weekend to Jonai Farms near Daylesford, we’re putting it out there and see who is interested. So, let us know if you are keen on the idea and would like to register to be involved.

In order to better use our produce during our bumper seasons (read too many zucchinis, tomatoes, garlic at certain times, or a larger beast that we had anticipated), we are looking to upgrade the kitchen facilities at the farm. We want to put in an on-farm commercial kitchen. (OK, yes, more inspiration from Jonai Farms). We have a kind of structure up, but need to think about what we need in it, and talk to council about if and what approvals we need as well. Ideally we’d like to make this available to others in the area, so let us know if you might have a future use and we’ll see if that’s possible too when we talk to council. First we need to put the roof back on the shed, but hey, that is in hand!

We finally have the last of the early-season garlic in the ground, so here is hoping for good rain up until about mid-October, we’ll then be all set to harvest in early November.

Last but not least, welcome to Ant Wilson and Shirin Richards, our two interns who are with us for the rest of Autumn and throughout most of winter 🙂 Brrr!!!

Community Buying Group Expression of Interest

IMG_2367We are busy planning our Community Buying Group for meat. Until now we have been focusing on providing fresh meat of different types (beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sometimes duck) each week for our Farmers Markets, but in order to keep our customers happy we are looking to provide regular orders.

At this stage we are still juggling with supply of the different types of meat, but we’d love it if you could give us an idea of what you’d like to order on a monthly basis so that we can plan to balance the number of livestock on our farm. All of our meat is organic and pasture raised (yes, free-range, but better than free-range, the animals are actually on grassed pasture).

More information and register your interest

20% off Caroola Farm Organic, Grass Fed, Yearling Beef, this weekend 14 & 15 May

What a week! Rain, wind, and lots of action.

We are offering 20% off our organic, grass-fed yearling beef this weekend, as the beasts were rather large and we need more room in the freezer. If you already love our beef, now is the time to stock up. If you haven’t tried our beef, now is the time for some tasting!

We have preservative and gluten free sausages, premium mince, t-bones, sirloin (porterhouse), roasts, topside, stewing cuts and more. We will also have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Our harvest this week will include:

  • Duck Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Spaghetti Squash

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

On the farm

Whew, what a week! It was fantastic to see the rain, we got around 35mm which has saved us a heap of watering.

Our Fair Food Producers evening had to move inside, so Sunday was a hectic day with our Meat and Cheese Preserving Workshop finishing and the producers gathering starting. Many thanks to Tammi Jonas from Australian Food Sovereignity Alliance (AFSA), Larry O’Loughlin from the Conservation Council ACT Region and Samantha Hawker from Southern Harvest Farmers Market for facilitating.

Monday night we were involved in the screening of Polyfaces and a panel discussion followed by dinner at A.Baker. This was the launch of the AFSA Legal Defence Fund – they have just started their crowdfunding campaign ” Despite growing concerns about the nutrition, safety, and ethics of the food we eat, some regulators are making it harder for Australian small-scale farmers to produce ethical, ecologically-sound, nutritious, and delicious food for their communities.” read more and contribute…

We have spent some valuable time inside this week in the wild and windy weather, and have finally lit the fire 🙂 Mind you all this rain has made the weeding easier so that is a bonus too1

Welcome, finally, to the cool weather!

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Wild and windy weather on the farm

An apology to our Braidwood and Canberra customers, but we won’t be at Braidwood or Southside markets this weekend 🙁 Our On-Farm Shop will be open on Sunday and Provisions Deli and Grocery in Braidwood has stocks of our chicken (including portions) along with limited veg, and on-farm we will have beef and preserves.

We have a big day out on Saturday with organic yearling beef at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday. This Saturday the markets are on from 9am to 3pm as we are sharing the market with the Hand-Made folks.. For those with children we have a book signing and reading at 10.00am of The Adventures of William Brambleberry: Aviator Mouse by local author Geneveive Hopkins.

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Tickets are still available for the Polyfaces film screening and panel discussion in Canberra on Monday 9 May, however dinner is sold out. Sponsored by Regrarians with proceeds going to the Australian Food Sovereignity Legal Defence Fund.

Caroola Farm produce this week includes the following (if you are ordering a Harvest Box, you’ll get a selection of the produce (excluding meat unless you ask specifically, not each and every item), although you are welcome to let us know if you do want some of everything, and we can add it:

  • Duck Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Spaghetti Squash

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

On the farm

Talk about a wild and windy weekend for our Open Day. Many thanks to those who braved the weather to come out and join us for tours 🙂 We moved the long table lunch inside, it was no longer long, but it was cosy and the food was just delicious with thanks to Scrumpers Garden. We sampled Caroola Farm veggies, chicken, beef, rhubarb, apples and berries.

We have only had a light frost so far, but it’s getting pretty cold out there for the end of the summer veg, we’ll be pulling up the zucchini vines after harvest this Friday and starting our tomato preserving with the leftover green ones – whew, we might have room to plant some more onions and garlic.

We have 4 more beds of early season garlic still to plant and then another 20kg of later season Dunganski that will go into the area the pigs have prepped.

For those of you who are producers, or thinking about being producers, you are welcome to join us on-farm on the evening of Sunday 8 May for a Fair Food Producers Gathering.

Stay warm!

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

On farm as it starts to cool down

This week we will have fresh organic yearling beef and organic pastured pork, so come on down to the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 9am to 1pm and check out what we have.

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

If you are keen to be involved in Fair Food in our Region, I encourage you to check out the Polyfaces film screening, Fair Food Focus and Dinner on Monday 9 May in Canberra. More information here. Plus there are a load of upcoming one day courses including Fermented Drinks, Cool Climate Vegetable Growing and Raising Animals Organically.

Produce this week includes the following (if you are ordering a Harvest Box, you’ll get a selection of the produce (excluding meat unless you ask specifically, not each and every item), although you are welcome to let us know if you do want some of everything, and we can add it:

  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Spaghetti Squash

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

On the farm

It has gone back to 30 degrees during the day, despite two cooler days during the week and a little rain – yay! We have over one-third of our early-season garlic in the ground and are still getting the pigs to prep the areas we will plant the later season garlic (so we don’t have to harvest it all at once).

We have pulled up the bulk of our tomato plants and they are hanging experimentally in the shed to keep them from the frost… This week may very well be the last week of ripe tomatoes, and is almost certainly the last of the zucchinis… saying that, the kale and other brassicas are just starting to come on and our salad and stir-fry mixes look set to continue through the season.

We have a few pumpkins still on the vines, so will see what they do.

Our long table lunch is bookings close today, Wednesday 27th April, so if you are still keen book now, otherwise feel free to join us for a tour and bring your own picnic lunch!  Open Day Tours and Caroola Farm Long Table Lunch on Sunday 1 May – tours available at 10.30am and 2pm and lunch 12.00noon. Bookings essential.

We are really excited to be part of the Fair Food Focus in Canberra and Screening of Polyfaces, plus a Fair Food Dinner at A. Baker – book now and be quick if you want to join in.

For those of you who are producers, or thinking about being producers, you are welcome to join us on-farm on the evening of Sunday 8 May for a Fair Food Producers Gathering.

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Fair Food Producers Gathering, Sunday 8 May 5.00pm

We invite you to a Fair Food Producers Gathering at Caroola Farm with a focus on the ACT Region, the Draft ACT Region Peoples Food Plan and to discuss the issues and infrastructure pressure points that are limiting the production of Fair Food in our region.
Join us for productive and lively discussion – RSVP’s would be lovely.
 
WHEN: Sunday, 8 May 5.00-8.00pm
 
WHERE: Caroola Farm, 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW (15km from Bungendore toward Braidwood)
COST: By donation to the AFSA Legal Defence Fund – BYO pot luck dinner to share and something to drink
BOOKINGS: Please RSVP by email to penny@caroolafarm.com.au or complete the form below:

 
Tammi Jonas, the current President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is coming to Canberra and it coincides with the draft release of the ACT Region Peoples Food Plan by the Conservation Council ACT Region – join us to explore more about Fair Food in our region!

Yay, fresh chicken again at last – and we’re heading to Moruya!

Stop press, we’ll be at SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya next Tuesday 12 April  – please pass this on to those you know who have been waiting for poultry to come back to the market 🙂

Back into the swing of things, we are off processing poultry tomorrow – a bit of a drive to Canowindra, but at this point we have no choice.

We’ll be at:

We will have FRESH poultry at all of these places, but, saying that, many of the portions sell out quickly, so do let us know if you want to reserve something.

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Our harvest boxes comprise a selection of in-season farm vegetables, we are happy to include meat, but you’ll need to make a note when you complete the order form – the cuts and prices of meat are just a little complex to list 🙁

Produce this week includes the following (if you are ordering a Harvest Box, you’ll get a selection, not each and every item, although you are welcome to let us know if you do want some of everything, and we can add it:

  • Fresh chicken, including portions – breasts, wings, thighs, drumsticks, necks, heads, feet, livers
  • Limited duck – some whole, some portioned
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Limited Celery
  • Limited Cucumber
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Vegetable stock
  • Chicken Stock
  • Salad Dressings
  • Blackberry Kombucha
  • Cordials (Mint OR Rhubarb and Vanilla)
  • Preserved Peaches
  • Chutneys

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

It’s been hot and windy, and we can see fires in the distance, is it really Autumn? it feels like summer. Thank heavens for the row covers we use or everything would be bone dry. We have had to go back to our watering regime, and, if it does not rain soon we’ll have to water the new wetlands plantings too.

We are off processing poultry at Tablelands Premier Meats in Canowindra, they don’t use any chemicals or chlorine in the processing and it is all hand-processed – which means it is also not cheap, but they do a great job – just makes a long day for us catching and loading, driving there and back, coming home, labelling and then heading to the markets.

As yet, there has been no frost (touch wood), so all the summer produce is still growing, which is great, but means we are struggling for space for things like  kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leeks and more – we’ll do our best I guess.

We’re really excited to be part of the Boots for Change initiative at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, as well as the Moruya Farmers Market – get to both if you can!

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Caroola Farm Open Day Tours and Long Lunch, Sunday 1 May 2016

Our next Open Day is Sunday 1 May 2016

We are not doing our traditional, full scale Open Day, but we are offering Farm Tours, picnic space and a Long Table Lunch.

Caroola Farm is a family-owned, permaculture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in the NSW Southern Tablelands. Established in 2012 with the intention to be a permaculture demonstration farm and working, profitable farm to service the local community. It is operated by Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon.

We provide healthy and nutritious, locally produced and organically grown produce in small amounts from our integrated, holistically managed farm:

Herbs and Vegetables – seasonally including carrots, potatoes, salad mixes, beetroot, rhubarb and more. We have a range of herbs including thyme, basil, oregano, mint and coriander.
Fruit and nuts – seasonally including apples, blackberries and raspberries (nuts are further down the track in terms of production)
Poultry and Eggs – free range (Humane Choice Certified) Pekin Ducks for meat and the famous Sommerlad Heritage Chickens. We grow Turkeys seasonally for Christmas.
Beef, Pork and Lamb – free range and organically grown on pasture our beef and lamb are available in packaged cuts or as a whole or half side order.

Our aim is to heal the land, regenerating it and leaving it in a better place than we first found it, and to produce nutritious and environmentally friendly local food by setting up a range of complimentary enterprises. We are involved locally in permaculture, organic production and holistic management communities.

The farm is, and will always be, a work in progress. Since we just started out in 2012, there is more to do than there will be 5 years down the track, but in another 5 years, we’ll just find more that we want to do, so we’ll never be finished! Suffice to say, each day we make progress!

A bushfire in January 2013 provided us with major challenges, we lost all pasture and fences and have been working hard to rebuild from there. We have established forest gardens, kitchen gardens, a free range poultry system and more…

Farm Tours Sunday 1 May

10.30am and 2.00pm – allow 1 and a half hours. Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas, maremmas and guinea fowl and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

We also have a Long Table Lunch on Sunday 1 May or if you are coming for a tour but don’t want to join in the lunch, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch with you and sit in the sun, or under a tree…

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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Long Table Lunch Sunday 1 May 2016

 12.00noon – $60 per head BYO drinks

A three-course lunch will be sourced from on-farm produce  plus organic ingredients including but maybe not limited to:

  • Garden fresh vegetables
  • Chicken, pork, duck and beef
  • Fruit from the orchard

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 12.00 noon

Cost: $60 per head BYO drinks

Long Table Lunch

A three-course lunch will be sourced from on-farm produce  plus organic ingredients including but maybe not limited to:

  • Garden fresh vegetables
  • Chicken, pork, duck and beef
  • Fruit from the orchard

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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A busy harvest time, with a nice break in between

We’ve had a relax and revitalisation period over the Easter long weekend, and now it’s back to work with two markets on this weekend:

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection at either market, or from the On-Farm Shop on Sunday, but require orders by 2pm Friday. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Produce this week includes:

  • Limited Lamb, limited pork and chicken (we’ll be processing next week so stay tuned for where you can find fresh chicken)
  • Mint (to go with the lamb of course)
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Limited Cucumber
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Vegetable stock
  • Chicken Stock
  • Salad Dressings
  • Blackberry Kombucha
  • Cordials (Mint OR Rhubarb and Vanilla)
  • Preserved Peaches
  • Chutneys

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

  • April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

We had a lovely time with friends and colleagues visiting the farm on the Easter Long weekend – not much work got done but lots of talking, scrabble and some bonfires.

Now we’re back into the swing of things feeling relaxed and ready to get stuck into Autumn (like the weather we’re a little late).

We’re trying to expand the vegetable availability and grow more of the staples this year in order to keep up demand for our Harvest Boxes. In addition we’re looking at scheduling our fresh meat production more regularly to give our customers more choice.

We’re not very thrilled about the news of Woolworths coming to town, we really feel this will put smaller local businesses, including many local farmers, the butcher, baker, local IGA and more out of business and would love everyone to help continue supporting these fantastic local businesses and farmers market initiatives – vote with your feet people!

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Harvest time on the farm

See you this weekend at:

  • On-Farm Shop Fri 3-7pm
  • Braidwood Farmers Market, National Theatre, Braidwood 8am to 12.30pm
  • Canberra Harvest Festival 2-6pm
  • On-Farm Shop Sunday 11-4pm

Order your Harvest Box in advance (by 2pm Friday) and don’t miss out. Just $40 each and valued at over $50. Pickup only at one of the destinations above 😉

Produce this week will include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Beans
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket

We’ll try and take a little of everything to each venue including Pork, Chicken, Chicken Stock, Salad Dressings, Kombucha and at the farm shop we have all of those things plus honey, blackberries, cordials and preserves.

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

  • April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

We are looking forward to having Scott and Armonde from Bees R Us here for the Bee Keeping workshop on Sunday (sorry, fully booked, new date coming soon). This means we are relocating the On-Farm Shop to marquees for the weekend and transforming the shop into the classroom (just a little bit of work 🙂

We’re at the end of our summer potato harvest, but have more in the ground still growing for over-wintering. We’ve been supplying salad mixes, gorgeous edible flowers and duck eggs to The Space Kitchen in Woden, and we just need the lettuces to keep on growing to keep up with demand. Orders from Chef Christophe of Le Tres Bon, supplying for catering at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre and catering for the Bee Keeping workshop have left us without salad mix for the week – apologies everyone!

The Canberra Good Food Month dinner at Le Tres Bon was fantastic and Chef Christophe did an amazing job with our pork and chicken, not to mention salad, beet and tomatoes – a wonderful plate of Caroola Produce. If you haven’t been to Le Tres Bon it is worth a visit – and they do breakfast and lunch as well as dinner.

We are busy planting out winter seedlings and have started to put our garlic crop into the ground for another year, thankfully the cooler weather is better for planting… We are also gearing up for the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore going weekly throughout April and May – would love your support at that market too 🙂

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny

Fresh Pork, loads of veggies, dinner at Le Tres Bon and more coming up this weekend…

See you this weekend at:

IMG_2967Order your Harvest Box in advance (by 2pm Friday) and don’t miss out. Just $40 each and valued at over $50. Produce this week includes:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers
  • Fresh salad mix
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Rocket
  • Fresh chives, basil, coriander and mint

We’ll have Fresh Pork at Bungendore and Southside, we are taking Chicken, Chicken Stock, Chicken Risotto and Garlic to Moruya and at the farm shop we have all of those things plus salad dressings, honey, blackberries, duck stock, cordials, kombucha and preserves.

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities involving Caroola Farm

  • April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

Nice and cool today, but somehow Spring has decided it is actually Summer, can’t believe how hot the last few weeks have been.

We had a fantastic time at the Preserving with Sugar and Vinegar Workshop, despite it’s relocation to the flat as the learning centre is still without a roof. Next cab off the rank in terms of workshops is the Bees Workshop on Sunday 20th (sorry, fully booked), the Fermenting Fruit and Veg followed by the Pastured Pigs course with Lee McCosker which we are really looking forward to.

The zucchinis, tomatoes and cucumbers are loving the heat and producing prolificly, although the pigs decided to get in the garden and eat just about all of the beetroot (we managed to salvage some for Chef Christophe for dinner on Friday night).

We had the Australian Conservation Volunteers team here over the last few weeks planting out wetlands plants around the main dam, it will be looking just dandy in a few years we are sure 🙂

Although not entered officially under ‘Caroola Farm’, Penny managed to take out the inaugural trophy for Garlic at the Braidwood Show along with a lovely blue ribbon too… not a mean feat, as we heard the competition was ferocious.

Enjoy the cool!

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Harvest Boxes for Collection

We do have limited Harvest Boxes available, but the zucchinis and tomatoes are finished 🙁 Orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each.

From the garden this week we’ll have:

  • Herbs – coriander, mint, thyme, rosemary, young garlic $2-3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half-dozenIMG_2718
  • Pumpkin $4/kg
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Rocket $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bag
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Stir-fry mix $3/bag
  • Spaghetti Squash $4/kg

From our produce cupboard we’ll have:

  • Blackberry Kombucha $4
  • Chicken broth $8
  • Beef stock $8
  • Vegetable stock $8
  • Pickled Zucchinis $8
  • Cucumber, Apple, Rhubarb and Tomato chutneys $5
  • Meatballs in tomato sauce 500g $12 (frozen)
  • Pork stir-fry with ginger and sesame 500g $12 (frozen)
  • Massaman beef curry 500g $12 (frozen)
  • Fermented garlic $10

You can add to your harvest box with items from our produce cupboard, pork, beef or take-home meals if you would like, just add a comment when you place the order.

 

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The Canberra Times Good Food Month Terroir The Taste of the Bungendore Region

Book now

Friday March 11 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

$100.00

 

Terroir is a French word which broadly means a ‘sense and taste of place’.
Terroir comprises the unique elements; natural environment, climate and human  influence.
Chef Christophe has prepared a menu using carefully selected seasonal produce and where possible organic. A unique dinner showcasing Bungendore’s terroir –
the unique tastes and flavours in and around our beautiful place.

MENU

On arrival – amuse bouche
Egg mimosa – Œuf mimosa
Organic eggs from Long Paddock Eggs, Bungendore

Sapling Yard, Bungendore, Riesling 2015 – with crème de cassis

Entree
Organic chicken & pork galantine, carrot & beetroot salad
Chicken & pork, carrots and beetroot from Caroola Farm, Mulloon (between Bungendore & Braidwood)

Mount Majura chardonnay 2014

Main Course
Lamb shank, potato purée and tomato concasse
Bungendore Country Butcher, Segeri organic vegetable garden, Wamboin

Lark Hill, Bungendore shiraz viognier 2014 biodynamic

Dessert
Organic red berries sorbets
Yerriebah Berry Farm, Braidwood

Lerida Estate Botrytis Pinot Gris 2012

4 courses, 4 wines $100 per person
4 courses, no wines $70 per person

Book now

Friday March 11 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

This week on the farm

It’s been hot and busy this week. So much so that we haven’t written a newsletter…

We’ll be at the On-Farm Shop 3-7pm Friday and 11-4pm Sunday plus at Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday.

Email us to order a Harvest Box and let us know what you’d like in it. We’ll have:

  • Chicken
  • Salad Mix
  • Zucchinis
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Herbs (Mint, Oregano, Thyme and a little Basil)
  • Salad Dressings
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir

We’ve been busy working in our voluntary capacities on the Preserving the Harvest workshop series (starts this Sunday 6 March, booking still available, just email us) plus the SCPA Farms with a Future Project – bookings available online for next Ground Works Day Tues 8 March at Brogo.

 

More info on this and bookings in the above links.

 

Hope to see you somewhere local!

 

Penny and Paul 🙂

 

On the farm

What’s happening on the farm…

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

Farm tours Sunday 11am (in case it is hot) – bookings essential here

March 6 – Sugar and vinegar preservation of fruits and vegetables (eg: jam, jelly, paste, cordial, chutney, relish, sauce)
April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes)
Early bird bookings for first 10, plus package deals for the series of 3

On the farm

Wow it has been hot, we’ve been trying to get out early to get things done, come inside for a break and then head back out, the only trouble is it hasn’t been cooling off until around 7pm 🙁

We just received 4 new piglets from Symphony Farm in Tilba and aim to process the ones that were already here in the next few weeks (just waiting for that final growth spurt). This week also saw the arrival of a new batch of Sommerlad chickens to grow out – they’ve been a bit rare (and still are really) – they won’t be ready for a few months though, so don’t get too excited.

Our cattle and sheep are enjoying their new paddocks and we’re following behind them slashing the blackberries. Speaking of blackberries, we still have quite a few nearby bushes to pick and they are a great addition to our lovely kombucha.

We had the fermented drinks workshop here being run by Ruth Gaha-Morris through Permaculture eXchange and we are really looking forward to the series of 3 upcoming preserving workshops to help us deal with our bountiful harvest this year.

Apart from that, the garlic bed prepping continues, along with potting up winter seeds and planting out seedlings.

Enjoy the harvest!

Farm Tour Sunday 28 Feb 11am

Want to see the farm?

On Sunday 28 Feb, we will be doing a farm tour.

11.00am tour only (allow min. 1 hour) Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas and maremmas and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

Join us afterward for the opportunity to purchase our yummy produce, as well as ask questions.

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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Harvest Boxes – order by 2pm Friday 26 Feb

Order your organic Harvest Box in advance (by 2pm Friday) and don’t miss out. Just $40 each and valued at over $50. This week each box will include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh salad mix
  • Cucumbers
  • Blackberries
  • Kombucha and Kefir drinks and
  • Fresh herbs plus
  • Extras thrown in for good measure

Just let us know if you want to substitute anything.

Other produce available on-farm or at the markets includes:

  • Garlic (of course)
  • Zucchini Flowers
  • Green Beans
  • Red onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Apples
  • Home-made salad dressing
  • Chicken stock
  • Duck stock
  • Cordial (Rhubarb and Vanilla or Refreshing Mint)
  • Duck eggs
  • Honey
  • Cucumber and Tomato chutney
  • Rhubarb chutney

Pickup is on-farm (Friday 3-7 or Sunday 11-4), at Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore (Sat 9-1)  or deliveries Monday by arrangement.

Orders by 2pm Friday

Choose from our list posted each week showing seasonal product availability...

 

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Harvest Boxes – for collection 19-21 Feb

Don’t miss out on Caroola Farm organic produce!

Order by 2pm Friday for collection of your Harvest Box – choose our Farm Fresh Collection Box or select products individually and you can choose what goes in it.

Collection options are:

  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Friday 3 to 7pm
  • Braidwood Farmers Market 9am to 12.30pm Saturday
  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Sunday 11am to 4pm
  • Deliveries on Mondays by prior arrangement (min. order $50)

Farm Fresh Collection Box (easy to order)

Orders by 2pm Friday

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Plus one of the following – let us know what you want or we’ll select for you 😉 If you just want individual products email us and we’ll put a box together for you.

  • Apples
  • Home-made salad dressing
  • Chicken stock
  • Duck stock
  • Cordial
  • Duck eggs
  • Honey or
  • Preserves
  • (or just more of what is already in the box).

Harvest Boxes for collection 12-14 Feb

Don’t want to miss out on Caroola Farm organic produce?

Order by 2pm Friday for collection of your Harvest Box – choose our Farm Fresh Collection Box or select products individually and you can choose what goes in it.

Collection options are:

  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Friday 3 to 7pm
  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore from 9am to 1pm Saturday
  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Sunday 11am to 4pm
  • Deliveries on Mondays by prior arrangement (min. order $50)

Farm Fresh Collection Box (easiest to order)

Orders by 2pm Friday

Choose from our list posted each week showing seasonal product availability...

 

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Select products individually, or add something to the box that you want lots of…

4 zucchinis

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One bag of beans (approx 500g)

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4 bulbs of garlic - Tasmanian Purple Turban, grown on Caroola Farm

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One kilogram of potatoes

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One bunch of rhubarb

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One bag of salad mix in sealed, biodegradable plastic bag approx 100g

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One bag of tomatoes (approx 500g)

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One bunch of silverbeet

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One kilogram of nectarines

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One kilogram of peaches

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Farm Tours this Sunday 14 Feb 11am

By popular demand, and following from the resounding success of our Open Day, we have set a date to open the farm for a farm tour.

On Sunday 14 Feb, one day only (and yes, it is Valentine’s Day – great present?), we’ll be offering farm tours for limited numbers.

11.00am tour only (allow min. 1 hour) Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas, maremmas and guinea fowl and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

Join us afterward for the opportunity to purchase our yummy produce, as well as ask questions.

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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FRESH chicken and duck, including portions this weekend at Braidwood and Southside

sommerlad cookingFRESH chicken at Braidwood (Sat) and Southside (Sun)
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Also available at the on-farm Shop 3-7 Fri and 11-4 Sun. Plus garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, salad greens and more…

We’re processing poultry this week and for the first time will have duck portions available. We’ll be at the following locations and times over the weekend:
* Friday 3-7 On-Farm Shop (at the farm)
* Saturday 8-12.30 Braidwood Farmers Market
* Sunday 7.30-11.30 Southside Farmers Market CIT Woden (if we are not in our usual spot, look for us in the courtyard)
* Sunday 11-4 On-Farm Shop (at the farm)

Our Chicken, Duck and Garlic will be at all venues, plus at Braidwood and the On-Farm Shop you’ll find
* Premium beef mince
* Tomatoes
* Potatoes
* Zucchini
* Beans
* Salad Greens
* Fresh Herbs and
* Silverbeet

At the farm shop we also have a range of preserves including cordials, cold drinks, fruit, local honey and eggs.

On the farm
Talk about rain!! We had over 3 inches in the last week (sorry that’s around 75mm) and it is still very wet. The veggies (and weeds) are going ballistic.

We had a long day at the Bungendore Show, but the dogs were very cute and all dressed up. Penny did a bit of a veggie haul in the pavilion with first in garlic, second in potatoes, beans, marrow and duck eggs. Not bad for a first entrant 🙂

We are busy doing repairs to our learning centre, which the roof blew off in strong gusts, but we’ll be going ahead with the Fermented Drinks workshop of 20/21 Feb – if you haven’t registered for this, now is the time! More information here (http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/fermented-drinks-including-booze-caroola-farm/) .

Back out to the paddock today with the hope of some sunshine…

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Bungendore Show, Farm Shop Sat, Tomatoes, Zucchini and Garlic

IMG_9665We’ll be joining in at the Bungendore Show this Sunday 31 Jan – a great day out for everyone. So, that means we will have the farm shop open on Saturday instead of Sunday if you were going to drop by.

We have loads of premium beef mince plus whole chickens and a stack of veggies including:
Garlic
The first of our tomatoes
Potatoes
Zucchini
Salad Greens
Fresh Herbs
Shallots, and
Silverbeet

IMG_2578For those of you desperately awaiting fresh chicken, chicken and duck portions, we have good news. We are processing next week and will have fresh chicken and duck available at Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday 6th plus Southside Farmers Market CIT Woden on Sunday 7th.

P.S. Did we mention not to tell anyone, but we have Rhubarb and Vanilla Sorbet in the freezer, we keep eggs in the farm shop, we have fresh local honey and we even have some fresh plums and blackberries 😉

On the farm
IMG_6325The rain has been a fantastic blessing, meaning we can spend more time doing other things and less time keeping an eye on the soil moisture. The wind, however, we could have done without 🙁

We managed to slash all of the green manure in the Kitchen Garden in, and with the rain it is rotting down nicely, so we’ve been able to start planting that out to carrots, mizuna, rocket, beetroot and loads of other yummy things.

We picked up some more ewes to add to our flock of sheep so that we can bring more lamb to you (I haven’t had lamb myself in ages 🙁

The farm is looking sooo green it’s amazing, lets just hope the weather stays this cool for a while yet.

The farm is in full flight!

IMG_2606See you on the farm, or at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this weekend 🙂 Our on-farm shop is open this weekend 3-7pm on Friday and 11-4 on Sunday.

We’ve just processed premium beef mince – great for making your own hamburgers, spag bol, nachos and more – especially with all the lovely veg we have on offer this week too.

IMG_2691As mentioned, we’ve started creating cordials from on-farm, local and community produce and have made these into refreshing drinks you can drink cold on the spot too… find out which one is your favourite!

We’ll start with the following this week (we don’t usually end up with much left though…)

  • IMG_2660Celery
  • Garlic
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Beans
  • Salad Mix
  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Zucchini Flowers
  • Cabbage SaladIMG_2658
  • New potatoes
  • Caroola Produce Preserves
  • (And don’t tell anyone, but we have Rhubarb and Vanilla Sorbet in the freezer, we keep eggs in the farm shop, we have fresh local honey and we even have some fresh plums and blackberries 😉

Bulk Garlic buys $15 for 500g and $30 for 1kg plus postage (not braided) – just reply to this email and let us know how much you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to. We do have limited stocks left.

On the farm
IMG_2689We said goodbye to our French Intern, Marine, this week, it will be very quiet now… (well, apart from the kids being home for the holidays).

It’s been busy in the garden slashing and mowing, so we can at least see the snakes, and the wind has kept down a little which makes watering easier.

We potted up more seedlings and got another round of potatoes into the ground – yay!!!

Our fencing is being improved weekly and we can now manage to wean our older calves and even keep the sheep in their desired paddocks – it’s great to be able to give some of the paddocks long and well-deserved rest to focus on growing native pastures.

Hope to see you on the weekend!

Braidwood Farmers Market, Southside Farmers Market this weekend

Welcome the rain!

Our on-farm shop is open this weekend 3-7pm on Friday and 11-4 on Sunday. Plus, we’ll be at Braidwood Farmers Market and Southside CIT Woden Farmers Markets.

Chicken, duck, garlic and loads more. Drop in to the farm shop to say hi, for a refreshing drink on the way to the coast – or, if it stays cool, a coffee or te.

We’ll be harvesting the following fruit and veggies, but get in quick as they sell out fast:

  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Beans
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Zucchini
  • New potatoes
  • Plus we’ll have Caroola Produce Preserves

Bulk Garlic buys $15 for 500g and $30 for 1kg plus postage (not braided) – just reply to this email and let us know how much you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to. We do have limited stocks left.

On the farm
Yay for the rain (saves quite a lot of water). It’s been a bit windy, way too hot (49 degrees in the sun), and things were wilting!

Still planting out beans, corn, potatoes, lettuce, radishes and more – an exciting time of year for the garden.

We slashed back our green manure crops which we planted after harvesting garlic – over 5ft – or 160cm tall – looking forward to turning them in.

Like most rural areas we’ve started to see a few snakes around, thankfully red-bellies, but they still give us, the kids and the dogs a fright – not sure about the cat yet, stay tuned…

Chicken, Beef, Fruit, Veg, Herbs and Summer Rain!

IMG_2583Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you are enjoying the festive season 🙂

Caroola Farm has loads of chicken available this weekend, from Friday 3-7pm at the On-Farm Shop plus Saturday at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market, Molonglo St Bungendore (opposite Food Lovers Market) and again at the On-Farm Shop Sunday from 11-4pm.

If you haven’t been to the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, now is your chance, with other Canberra Farmers Markets still closed this weekend – bring your family and friends, check out true regional produce and stop for a cuppa and a bite to eat!

IMG_6495We’re taking orders until Sunday only for full, half or quarter sides of beef (you can decide how your portion is cut up) at a bulk rate of $15.99/kg packaged by the butcher for delivery or collection from Friday 22nd. Reply to this email to register your interest.

We’ll also be harvesting the following fruit and veggies, but get in quick as they sell out fast:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Beans
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Celeriac
  • IMG_2589New potatoes
  • Apricots
  • Plus we’ll have Caroola Produce Preserves

Bulk Garlic buys $15 for 500g and $30 for 1kg plus postage (not braided) – just reply to this email and let us know how much you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to.

IMG_2586On the farm
Thankfully it has been raining (less thankful since we tried to go camping in it, but, such is life…).

Our tomato and pumpkin plants are busy growing, but not yet ready, as are our beans and corn, cucumbers and squash… The fruit trees are bearing fruit which is just starting to ripen and as long as the birds stay away we look forward to a good fruit crop.

IMG_2604We are madly still potting up seeds and planting out seedlings (a never ending job) and the next big task is keeping weeds out of the garden after all the rain. We are doing a lot of fencing for better management of larger animals and the green manure in the garden is quite literally going ballistic.

If you haven’t been to the farm and would like to, please feel free to drop in during the farm-shop open hours.

Last markets before Christmas, poultry, pork and garlic

Get your Christmas food stocks sorted this weekend, or pickup fresh poultry next Wednesday for a great holiday feast.

IMG_2358The following produce will be available at the On-Farm Shop Friday 2-7 and Sunday 11-4, plus at the Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday 8am to 12.30pm.

There is also a special Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Wed 23rd December from 3pm to 7pm – this is the time to pick up your fresh poultry orders unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

IMG_2373Produce this week includes:

  • Chicken – whole pastured, whole heritage, livers and hearts
  • Duck – whole pastured
  • Pork – mince, chops, roasts and kidneys
  • Fresh garlic including garlic braids – great Christmas presents
  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • IMG_2365Broadbeans
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Duck eggs
  • New potatoes
  • Cherry plums
  • Caroola Produce Preserves – great Christmas presents

Garlic Braids available for postal order $20 for small (approx 500g) and $40 large (approx 1kg) – just reply to this email and let us know how many you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to.
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On the farm
Very busy in the lead up to Christmas, and with all the hot weather and wind… We are still planting out seedlings and have made a new shade-house to keep them cool, with the polytunnel getting over 50 degrees in the heat.

We are just finishing hanging the final garlic to cure, a big job this year with all hands on deck.

Our lambs are growing and we hope to have fresh lamb and beef available at the markets in the new year. The apples are developing and plums busy ripening. We have a few apricots on the trees, just hoping we get to them before the birds!

Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Garlic Braids for order, fresh pork, new potatoes and other happenings…

IMG_2205This week we will have fresh pork, including loads of sausages (that sold out last time Chef Christophe cooked them at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market) and mince. Plus we still have chicken and duck and have braided garlic for Christmas or long term storage.

All of the following produce will be available at the On-Farm Shop Friday 2-7 and Sunday 11-4, plus at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 9am to 1pm (if you haven’t been there before, do come along and check it out, we have a childrens drawing competition, plus a Christmas Hamper to be won).

IMG_2220We’ll also be at the Southside Farmers Market in Woden with pork, chicken, duck and garlic on Sunday from 7.30 to 11.30am.

Produce this week includes:

  • Chicken – whole pastured, whole heritage, wings, thighs, drumsticks, breasts, livers, hearts, feet and necks…
  • Duck – whole pastured
  • Pork – mince, chops, roasts, heads and kidneys
  • Fresh garlic including garlic braids
  • IMG_2202Garlic scapes
  • Spring Onions
  • Leeks
  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broadbeans
  • Fresh peas
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Duck eggs
  • New potatoes

Farm tours available Sunday 2pm – bookings essential

IMG_2201Garlic Braids available for postal order $20 for small (approx 500g) and $40 large (approx 1kg) – just reply to this email and let us know how many you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to.

On the farm
Going from lots of rain to lots of heat and wind has been challenging, so much of our time is spent watering. We’ve finally harvested all of the garlic and have been able to plant out those beds to green manure to keep the fertility cycle going. It’s great to see the zucchinis, tomatoes and basil go in and the IMG_2210coriander and broadbeans have really taken off.

We had a fantastic Introduction to Permaculture weekend just gone, if you want to know about other upcoming permaculture courses on the farm go to Permaculture eXchange.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

This week – rain, garlic scapes, young garlic, fresh pork and more

IMG_2704Apart from the amazing rain falling at the moment…

This week on the farm we are harvesting:

Lovely lettuces, radishes, almost the end of the kale, broad beans, brocollini, garlic (young, as it is a little too wet to harvest the whole lot for drying), garlic scapes (yum!), limited beetroots and a few turnips.

We’ll also have duck eggs, fresh pork and the remainder of our chicken and beef available for sale at:

The on-farm shop 3-7pm Friday and 11-4pm Sunday

PLUS, we’ll be at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market this Saturday at the Memorial Hall in Bungendore from 9am to 1pm

Let us know if you want us to hold you something specific or do a veggie box order for collection…

Caroola Farm Shop Open Fridays and Sundays

Caroola Farm Shop Open from Friday 5 November 2015

9074 Kings Hwy, Mulloon

(800m on right past Hazeldell Rd heading from Bungendore to Braidwood)

Open:

Fridays 3pm to 7pm

Sundays 11am to 4pm

From Friday 5 November 2015

Farm tours Sundays at 2pm by appointment

Selection of on-farm produced meat, vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs and preserves.

Fresh produce from Caroola Farm this weekend 10 and 11 Oct 2015

IMG_6451We’ll be at 3 markets this weekend with a huge range of produce.  However, we are not able to take everything to every market, so, If you would like to order something else (that we may not be taking to your local market), please email us and we can bring it to the markets for collection:

Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore
10Sat 9am to 1pm, Bungendore Memorial Hall

  • IMG_2422Fresh chicken
  • Fresh beef – including preservative and gluten-free sausages
  • Full range of veggies (see detail below)

Braidwood Farmers Market
Sat 8am to 12.30pm, National Theatre, Braidwood

  • Fresh chicken
  • Fresh preservative and gluten-free beef sausages

Southside Farmers Market (CIT Woden)
Sun 7.30am to 11.30am

  • Fresh chickenIMG_6495

Veggies this week from Caroola Farm
Salad mix, lettuce, kale, silverbeet, radishes, turnips, stir-fry mix, young garlic, fresh herbs including oregano, mint and sage.

Please complete our Caroola Farm Buyers Group Survey
Tell us how and what you’d like to see available from Caroola Farm
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CaroolaFarmBuyerSurvey

Why we are here…

Interview with Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm on Regional Voices

In this episode we talk to a truly inspirational woman who shares her story about what it means to roll with the punches and build a thriving farm business from nothing.

Penny Kothe from Caroola Farm on the NSW Southern Tablelands was born on the western side of the Snowy Mountains.  She finished off her schooling in Sydney before working in corporate roles both in Sydney and in Singapore. But the land kept calling and she returned to run a conventional beef farm in 2007.

Life was coasting along nicely for Penny before a devastating and life-changing event drove her to reassess every aspect of her life including her farm business.

Penny took an ailing pony stud and has now created a thriving poly-cultural permaculture farm.

She talks here to Kendi Burness-Cowan about making the change to permaculture and her broader empowering philosophies on life.

Listen to the interview

SCPA Organics Field Days – 17 and 25 October – Brogo and Caroola

scpa organics logoSCPA Organics Field Days
9.45 for 10am – 3pm Sun 18 Oct, Brogo; Sun 25 Oct, Mulloon

This is a unique opportunity to learn about SCPA Organics and to see how organic production systems have been implemented on the properties of 2 SCPA Organics members.

There are 2 events in October:

Sunday 18 October at Brogo Permaculture Gardens, property of John & Sharon Champagne
Sunday 25 October at Caroola Farm, Mulloon, property of Penny Kothe & Paul McKinnon

If you’ve ever wondered what is involved in converting to organic production, or what it actually means for a product to be ‘certified organic’, then this is for you.

9.45:            Registration + tea & coffee
10.00-11.00: Introduction to SCPA Organics
11-12.30:      Understanding the Implementation of Organic Management Principles
12.30-1.30:   BYO shared lunch
1.30-3.00:     Property tour

Price: SCPA Members free, non-members $5. Notes provided.
BYO: plate to share for lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

To book, please email

John on brogopg(at)bigpond.net.au for Brogo event
Penny on penny(at)caroolafarm.com.au for Mulloon event

SCPA Organics is an affordable way to become an organic producer. See How it Works, and for more details and cost information read SCPA Organics – An Introduction.

On the SCPA Organics Website you’ll also find a list of the current SCPA Organics members, an online application form, and the standards, records and forms used in the inspection and certification process.

New to SCPA Organics? Join now and we’ll waive the $85 annual SCPA Organics and $80 SCPA membership fees, a saving of $165 for the first year’s membership! There are also a limited number of free initial inspections available, an additional saving of $100.

Farm Update – Produce, Markets, Open Day and Dinner

IMG_9652Produce update
We apologise to everyone that we have been out of stock of chicken for around a month. The chickens we are growing are a special heritage breed and the breeder is in the middle of expansion, as such we have had very limited supply of this beautiful style of birds 🙁 We are processing in time for the first weekend in May and fresh chicken will be available at Braidwood Farmers Market on 2 May along with at our Open Day on Sunday 3 May. If you have specific requirements please email us to ensure we hold the produce for you.

We are also processing duck, beef, lamb and pork for the same weekend (orders also available if you are after something specific) and will have a selection of our fresh, organically grown vegetables and herbs available as well.

IMG_9721Market Dates
Caroola Farm will be attending the following markets in the upcoming months:
Sun 19 March – Southside Farmers Market, CIT Woden 7am to 11am – pork and lamb only
Sat 25 April – Southern Harvest Farmers Market, 12noon to 4pm, Bungendore Memorial Hall
Sat 2 May – Braidwood Farmers Market 8am to 12.30pm, Braidwood National Theatre
Sat 9 May – Southern Harvest Farmers Market, 9am to 1pm, Bungendore Memorial Hall
Sun 17 May – Southside Farmers Market, CIT Woden 7am to 11am
Sat 23 May – Southern Harvest Farmers Market, 9am to 1pm, Bungendore Memorial Hall
Sat 30 May – Braidwood Farmers Market 8am to 12.30pm, Braidwood National Theatre

IMG_0479Open Day and Caroola Farm dinner
Our Caroola Farm Open Day is Sunday 3 May 2015 with local produce stalls, information stalls, talks from various sustainable farming and living organisations plus 3 farm tours. Go online to register today.

The day will be topped off by an exclusive Caroola Farm Produce dinner at local Bungendore restaurant Le Tres Bon – Chef Christophe Gregoire has designed a fantabulous degustation menu – bookings direct with Le Tres bon.

Le Tres Bon Dinner showcasing and celebrating Caroola Farm produce

IMG_9652Special dinner showcasing and celebrating Caroola Farm produce
Sunday May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$90.00

Caroola Farm will be having an Open Day on Sunday 3 May 2015 with local produce stalls, information stalls, talks from various sustainable farming and living organisations plus 3 farm tours.

IMG_9930The day will be topped off by an exclusive Caroola Farm Produce dinner at local French restaurant Le Tres Bon.

Chef Christophe Gregoire has designed a special menu which allows the natural beauty, taste and excellent quality of the produce from Caroola Farm shine through.

Sunday 3 May 2015

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Pumpkin veloute
Veloute de citrouille

Beef pot au feu; beetroot in vinaigrette
Pot au feu de bœuf; betteraves en vinaigrette

Duck & chicken terrine
Terrine de volaille

Trou Normandpalate cleanser
Rhubarbe sorbet, eau de vie

Lamb navarin, potato and carrots garniture
Navarin d’agneau à la pomme de terre et carotte

Roast pork, apple compote and sage
Roti de porc à la compote de pomme et sauge

Crêpes with berries and home made ice cream
Crêpes aux fruits rouges et sa glace vanille

Bookings are essential either by telephone on 02 6238 0662 or online at: https://letresbon.com.au/event/special-dinner-showcasing-and-celebrating-caroola-farm-produce/

7 courses $90 per person

Caroola Farm Open Day, Sunday 3 May, 2015

Our next Open Day is Sunday 3 May from 10am until 4pm. Followed by dinner (limited bookings) of Caroola Farm Produce at Le Tres Bon in Bungendore at 6pm (booking separate and direct with Le Tres Bon on (02) 6238 0662).

We will have a range of guest speakers (yet to be announced) doing short presentations on the hour every hour, plus regional produce for sale from a variety of producers.

Farm tour bookings are essential (tours at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm).

Caroola Farm is a family-owned, permaculture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in the NSW Southern Tablelands. Established in 2012 with the intention to be a permaculture demonstration farm and working, profitable farm to service the local community. It is operated by Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon.

We provide healthy and nutritious, locally produced and organically grown produce in small amounts from our integrated, holistically managed farm:

Herbs and Vegetables – seasonally including carrots, potatoes, salad mixes, beetroot, rhubarb and more. We have a range of herbs including thyme, basil, oregano, mint and coriander.
Fruit and nuts – seasonally including apples, blackberries and raspberries (nuts are further down the track in terms of production)
Poultry and Eggs – free range (Humane Choice Certified) Pekin Ducks for meat and the famous Sommerlad Heritage Chickens. We grow Turkeys seasonally for Christmas.
Beef, Pork and Lamb – free range and organically grown on pasture our beef and lamb are available in packaged cuts or as a whole or half side order.

Our aim is to heal the land, regenerating it and leaving it in a better place than we first found it, and to produce nutritious and environmentally friendly local food by setting up a range of complimentary enterprises. We are involved locally in permaculture, organic production and holistic management communities.

The farm is, and will always be, a work in progress. Since we just started out in 2012, there is more to do than there will be 5 years down the track, but in another 5 years, we’ll just find more that we want to do, so we’ll never be finished! Suffice to say, each day we make progress!

A bushfire in January 2013 provided us with major challenges, we lost all pasture and fences and have been working hard to rebuild from there. We have established forest gardens, kitchen gardens, a free range poultry system and more…

Join us on our Open Day to see more!

Fair Food – The Documentary – Wed 11 Feb 2015

Fair Food is Australia’s first feature length documentary about the issues facing our local producers, and the importance of having access to small, independent regional food distributors.  View the film preview here.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with leading food advocates and participants from the film.

When:                  Wednesday 11th February, 6PM

Where:                National Library of Australia

Level LG1, Theatre

Parkes Place West, Canberra

Cost:                      $20 (with 25% going to support the Southern Harvest Farmers Market, launched Sunday 25 January at the Bungendore Show –  the market only sells food produced only in the Southern Harvest region)

Booking:              www.justfoodfilms.com/screenings/canberra-screening-11th-february

Enquiries:           Donna Camac – Ph: 02 6297 0933 or donna@rdasi.org.au 

Canberra Premiere Fair Food-1

Caroola Farm Tours – Saturday 28 February 2015

IMG_2098By popular demand, and following from the resounding success of our Open Day, we have set a date to open the farm for tours.

On Saturday 28 February, one day only, we’ll be offering farm tours for limited numbers.

Our 10.30am tour is full, but we do still have a few places for the 2.30pm please allow 2 hours. Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas, maremmas and guinea fowl and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

Join us afterward for the opportunity to pick your own and purchase as well as ask questions.

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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Caroola Farm Produce Dates

IMG_7180Upcoming availability for chickens, heritage chickens and ducks listed below.
We have beef ready to go anytime (usually requires a few weeks to slot in)
We will also have pork available for Christmas if you wanted to get in early to secure any?

Online orders here

Poultry processing dates are below on a Thursday for Friday or Saturday delivery:

September 18
October 9
October 23
October 30
November 13
December 4
December 18

IMG_6084We are also extending our market garden to plant out the following. Please let us know if you have particular quantity requirements or additional items you’d like to have access to?

Beetroot
Capsicum
Tomato
Basil
Zucchini
Silverbeet
Pumpkin
Onion

Caroola Poultry available this weekend

IMG_6439We’re heading to Bega this week and will return on Friday with freshly processed Chickens and Ducks, including a limited supply of our Heritage Chicken.

We’ll be at Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday Morning and Southside (CIT) Markets in Canberra on Sunday Morning.

We’ll have breasts, thighs, wings, drumsticks, necks, livers, heads, hearts, frames and more.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Announcing our new On-Farm Internship Program

IMG_6752We are now offering 2-3, full time, 3 month internship positions throughout the year in each season, beginning September 2014. You may apply individually or as a couple.

Our internships offer motivated individuals or couples the ability to get stuck into learning about practical permaculture applications on a small farm.

You need to be able to commit to a minimum 3 month period. Positions are now open for application for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Our program is an opportunity to learn a wide range of on-farm skills with emphasis on sustainable farming. You will learn as you work alongside us, and/or by yourselves, with a very practical approach to education.

The three month internship will be tailored to your learning objectives and be seasonally relevant…

Applications for Spring 2014 close end August – so get in quick!

Caroola Farm Internship information

Free-range Turkeys for Christmas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe know, we know it’s only July, but when you want to grow Turkeys in time for Christmas you need to start thinking about it now… The turkey poults need to be ordered by the end of July for delivery by the end of August.

So, we encourage you to think and to submit an online order if you’d like to reserve a Caroola Farm Pastured Turkey for this Christmas. We’ll ask you to confirm your order by making a deposit of $25 per bird prior to us ordering the poults.

Turkeys can be finicky young things, and this is going to be our first go at raising them, with a little knowledge and expertise from our friends at Wynlen House in Braidwood to make sure we keep them healthy and grow them strong.

Our turkeys will be delivered or picked up as day olds and as they are so young need to be kept warm and secure – just like our chickens do. Over 16 to 20 weeks they will grow out on a combination of pasture and certified organic feed before being taken to Bega for processing just in time for Christmas.

We’re looking forward to raising our first batch of turkeys who we hear are incredibly curious and need lots of activities.

Order here

Organic Market Garden Series, Caroola Farm, 5 one-day workshops over 5 months

IMG_0489With the success of the Local Food Initiative and Australian Capital Region Food Hub, it has become evident that there is a growing demand for locally grown produce, preferable grown using organic practices.  To assist in meeting this growing demand, Permaculture eXchange is proud and excited to announce a series of workshops on ‘Market Gardening for small-scale production’.

This series of five, day long workshops aims to take people who already have a basic understanding of growing vegetables for their own kitchen, and provide them with the skills and knowledge to grow food that leads to creating a successful source of income.

IMG_0515Each workshop is designed to develop the necessary skills on a facet of market gardening that can make or break a small gardening enterprise. They are very practical with plenty of hands on application and some necessary theory. You can choose to attend individual workshops – for those who have a gap in their market gardening knowledge, or you can enrol in the complete series of five workshops for a substantial discount.

IMG_0438The program will be held at Caroola Farm, Mulloon (between Bungendore and Braidwood) and participants will be using the prepared main garden beds as a template on which to explore and develop their skills so they can adapt them to their own enterprises and circumstances.

We are very excited to be able to offer you this brand new workshop series with Fraser Bayley of SAGE Moruya and Old Mill Farm.

Learn how to plan, grow and run your own organic market garden enterprise. Book for the series of 5 one-day workshops, or book individual workshops.

Sunday 3 Aug – 1. Planning and scheduling for the season
Sunday 7 Sep – 2. Preparing the ground. raising seedlings and Sowing seed,
Saturday 18 Oct – 3. Transplanting out and bed maintenance , Irrigation Systems Plant Health, Pests and Diseases
Sunday Nov 9 – 4. Harvesting, Marketing, Value adding – what to do with what’s left and Time management
Sunday Dec 14 – 5. Cover crops, Integrating animals as a fertility source and Reviewing the season

Fee for Workshop – Individual workshops are $130/workshop or enrol in all five workshops for  $585. Fee includes notes. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will also be provided.

Time – Workshops will run from 10.00am – 5.00pm

About the presenter – 
Fraser, with his partner Kirsti run Old Mill Road BioFarm, a small farming enterprise that aims to enrich local food culture, encourage more small scale farmers and connect those farmers to the consumer. They have developed their farm over the years using sustainable farming practices and sell their chemical free produce at SAGE Farmers Market and Moruya Country Markets every week.

About this series of workshops – Fraser Bayley, who designed and developed this series of workshops for SAGE is also the presenter. He is an experienced and successful market gardener, a great communicator, an educator, mentor and presenter. These workshops and the presenter are not accredited however they will teach you very relevant, useful and practical skills. The primary aim is to support and encourage the success of existing and potential small-scale growers.

Detailed information on workshops

1. Planning and scheduling for the season

Sunday 3 Aug

Planning will be the most important topic to get your head around before you get in the field. In this workshop you will:

  • Understand the importance of planning and scheduling for success
  • Set clear objectives and goals
  • Calculate quantities
  • Identify the seed/seedlings required
  • How and where to order your seeds/seedlings

2. Preparing the ground. raising seedlings and Sowing seed

Sunday 7 Sep

A key factor to having a successful garden is ensuring that the soil is healthy. A wise farmer once said “better to plant a $1 tree in a $10 hole than a $10 tree in a $1 hole”. This day will set the platform for the growing season – expect a very hands on day, learning practical skills such as:

  • Identifying and preparing for your soil type
  • Making a healthy compost
  • Building your soil using organic matter and natural fertilisers
  • Making seed raising mix and understanding the key ingredients
  • Using different soil containers to raise seedlings – soil blocks, pots and other types
  • Know when to ‘pot on’ or ‘plant out’

3. Transplanting out and bed maintenance , Irrigation Systems Plant Health, Pests and Diseases

Saturday 18 Oct

In this one day workshop you will be working with the garden beds with a strong emphasis on hand tools. You will:

  • Grasp a solid overview of the tools required to do many of the jobs efficiently – from the large backyard scale to the acre
  • Learn how to use the right hand tools for the job
  • Practice using these tools, all day, without straining your back to prepare the bedsPlant out the seedling (from previous workshop)

Understand how to maintain your beds for optimum results.

You will also learn to understand the needs of the plants and the importance these have on the health of the plant, will result a thriving garden:

  • Effective and economic ways to irrigate your soil – as there is no life without water.
  • The importance of soil life and the vital role it plays in the health of your plants
  • The making of and application of actively aerated compost teas and foliar sprays

 4. Harvesting, Marketing, Value adding – what to do with what’s left and Time management

Sunday Nov 9

Your garden is growing, the produce is in abundance and its now time to go market. Without a market you do not have a business. In this one day workshop you will:

  • Explore how best to deliver a fresh product
  • Investigate a range of marketing options
  • Identify how you can manage your gluts effectively
  • Discover how to turn a negative into a positive by identifying how to value add on produce that don’t sell or are beyond selling
  • Learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and working to your plan to suit the long term vision as you experience the huge demands the farm has on your time.

5. Cover crops, Integrating animals as a fertility source and Reviewing the season

Sunday Dec 14

One of the most difficult things about intensive annual production is managing your soil fertility without buying in too many inputs, all of which have an impact on your bottom line. This final workshop you will learn which:

  • Cover crops and manures that will drive the fertility of your soil
  • Systems to use, to best suit your outcome.

Being the final workshop in the series – there will also be a review of the lessons learnt – both at Caroola Farm and in your own garden. You will examine and record both your own experiences and what you have learnt, to assist you immensely in planning and preparing for the following season.

Farmgate Shopping Exclusive

IMG_6492Join us for One day ONLY – Sunday 13 July 2pm to 5pm

Exclusive Farmgate Shopping opportunity (well, let’s be honest and call if a FREEZER RAID!!!) – On-farm (directions here)

Your opportunity to purchase some of our gorgeous beef (and maybe some other produce if there is any left) direct from farm. Individual packs prepared by the butcher including a variety of steaks, mince, roasts, corned beef and more. Get in quick!

Our beef is usually only available in bulk purchase, so now is your chance to try it out for yourself in smaller amounts. Our freezer is full of one of our vealers and we just can’t eat it all. Email us if you need specific information on what’s available.

Hope to see you next weekend.

Permaculture Interest Group (PIG) at Bungendore Community Gardens Sat 21 June

Want to meet other people in the area growing their own food?

Want to learn & share knowledge and resources?

Want to see Bungendore Community Garden come back to life with a brand new plan for a heritage-based food garden?

Or find out more about upcoming free workshops?

We know you are out there and we’d love to meet you, catch up and find out  what you are doing!

Kicking off with a Winter Solstice BBQ meet up at Bungendore Community Garden

Saturday 21st June

9am : Tree Care on the Common

11am-12pm : Short talk outlining plans for the Community Garden · BBQ · Plant/Seed SWAP · Garden Blitz for those interested in some hands on work to kick off the garden plans

Free event: Just bring some BBQ meat/veg and we’ll bring the rest.

Bungendore Community Gardens is located on Turallo Terrace (next to Bowlo)…R.S.V.P to penny@caroolafarm.com.au

Also bring any plants/seeds for exchange if you fancy

We would love to have regular

P.I.G meet ups and run some workshops. If you are interested

and would like to be added to an email list to receive updates

please email: penny@caroolafarm.com.au

Natural Building Practical (wattle and daub roundhouse) 30 and 31 August, Caroola Farm

Natural Building (Wattle and Daub Roundhouse) Practical

Weekend Workshop with Dan Harris-Pascal and the Caroola Crew
30 and 31 August 2014

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Part of our Farm Establishment Series of Practical Workshops

Roundhouses are an ancient building method dating back to as early as the Bronze Age. These structures are quick, easy and cheap to set up and are a perfect building option to create a guest room, shed space or a studio.

This workshop will be lead by Dan Harris-Pascal who has studied natural building and Bio-construction in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. The wattle and daub roundhouse emerged by blending a range of natural building techniques.

Natural building 2Over the weekend we will study the different components of a building and construct a foundation, roof and walls using non-toxic, accessible natural building methods and techniques. We will also discuss natural render and give you the skills to start your own at home.

Dan is an experienced educator who has both taught and learnt about natural systems in Australia and Internationally. He’ll be supported by the Caroola Crew who have knocked together a variety of on-farm structures for a multitude of uses.

Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to build your own structures.

This workshop series is based at Caroola Farm, a permaculture farm in establishment.

 

Learning outcomes:

Ability to construct a Wattle and Daub Roundhouse including:

  • Site selection for Buildings
  • Understanding Insulation and Thermal mass
  • Soil testing for suitability in mud bricks, earth render and light-earth construction
  • Principles of Reciprocal Roof Construction
  • Building Earthbag Foundations

Practical activities:

  • Laying Earthbag Foundations
  • Reciprocal Roof Construction
  • Soil testing and assessment
  • Wattle and Daub wall construction

Natural building 4Course Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

Accommodation: Limited shared accommodation and camping available. Please enquire.

What to bring:

  • Yourself
  • A notepad
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Closed in shoes
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection

Book now

Regional Producers Project – Upper Shoalhaven Wed 18 June

Are you a producer or looking to be a producer of food or fibre in the Upper Shoalhaven?

Join the Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua Landcare Network for their Regional Producers Project and learn about the Business of Local Food and Fibre Production.

RSVP’s are essential

Where: The Old Cheese Factory

When: Wednesday 18 June 2014

Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Guest speakers

  • Penny Kothe ‘Caroola Farm’ – small animal production
  • Bronwyn Richards ‘Wynlen House’ – vegetable growing and seasonality
  • Gary Sully ‘Sully’s Cidery’ – cider production and its links to local heritage
  • Ian McGinn, Business Enterprise Centre – broad outline of starting a small business and some of the challenges.

 

Australian heritage chicken now available

Our heritage chicken is the most flavoursome and natural chicken you will find.

Pasture raised from heritage stock provided by the Sommerlad family in the New England Tablelands, these birds are more naturally adapted to outside foraging and temperatures that the traditional white meat bird.

Our heritage chickens take twice as long to grow as the conventional supermarket chickens, and the live active, healthy and happy lives.

We have limited stock of these great tasting chickens and will have them at Braidwood Farmers Market this weekend, Saturday 31 May and Southside Farmers Market (CIT Woden) on Sunday 1 June.

If you don’t want to miss out, please email us to reserve your produce or place your order online.

More information on our Australian heritage chickens.

Pastured Lamb

IMG_5710Our sheep are Dorpers. We only have a small flock and the lambs are processed at around 6 months to provide tasty, tender young meat.

Challenges: Managing the health of a small flock of sheep without chemical supplement in order to provide organically grown meat.

Solutions: Our sheep are grazed on our 100 acres of primarily native pasture using holistic management practices. This provides them with a constant source of fresh pasture and reduces the potential for worms.

IMG_4393Our sheep are not drenched, tail-docked or given any synthetic chemicals. They are pasture fed and provided with a ‘self-select’ mineral station which we call ‘tequila’ this provides them with natural protection from internal and external parasites.

The sheep run with the cattle along with two alpacas and a Maremma dog for fox protection.

Long term plan: We aim to slowly and naturally increase the size of the flock as our pasture and soil conditions improve.

OIMG_7045ur lamb is available seasonally by order and occasionally at Braidwood, Northside (Canberra University) and Southside (CIT Woden) markets.

Our pastured chickens

IMG_6325At Caroola Farm, our chickens are more than just free range, they are pastured and certified Humane Choice. They are housed in the paddock with mobile chook houses that they may go into if they choose, rather than primarily housed in sheds and let out to roam if they choose…

Challenges: It’s great to have our chickens on pasture, challenges can be limited pasture in times of drought, weather extremes and predator foxes and crows.

IMG_3759Solutions: Our forest gardens supplement green feed during the summer when feed can be short. Health is important and our birds are supplemented with certified organic feed, garlic and apple-cider vinegar and a daily mineral mix for their health. They are not given antibiotics or synthetic chemicals.

Chicks are grown to two weeks in a brooder pen (with lamps for heat), then moved to a grower pen (on pasture) for 2-3 weeks prior to being moved out to full pasture.

They are protected by electric netting, Maremma Sheepdogs, Guinea Fowl and our friendly Alpacas.

IMG_6566 (2) (640x427)Long term plans: Our long term plan includes supplying an Australian Heritage range of meat birds to the local area.

You can purchase our pastured chickens direct from the farm or locally at Braidwood Markets, Northside (UC), Southside (CIT) and Food Lovers Market in Bungendore.