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This week from Caroola Farm

We’ve been harvesting this morning and will have the following at markets:

  • Tomatoes (of course)
  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Broadbeans
  • Celery
  • Beetroot
  • Onion
  • Garlic

And we’ve made up fresh batches of Kombucha.

We’ll have fresh, organic, yearling beef this week plus Hillside Pastured Chicken.

Come along to the Queanbeyan Farmers Market Thursday 3-7pm in Crawford St, the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 9am – 12noon at the Anglican Hall in Butmaroo Street, or the Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College on Sunday 8am to 11.30am

ACT Permaculture Festival 15 April 2018 – hotting up!

ACT Permaculture Festival

Celebrating 40 years of permaculture in 2018

Connectivity is the theme of the ACT Permaculture Festival to be held on Sunday 15 April 2018 at Canberra City Farm. From 10am to 4pm!

The Festival is an opportunity to connect with community associations, local enterprises and small businesses with social goals and makers or individuals whose work is related to the practice of permaculture.

The festival celebrates the joy and benefits of local food. There will be a variety of produce and information stalls, workshops, demonstrations, food, music and kids activities.

To have your own stall, present your product, sell a book or more, please fill the application form

Stallholders Application form

Find out how easy it is to bring sustainable living and permaculture principles into your life.

It is a free event in a relaxed family-friendly environment.

Our war on waste continues so bring your reusable coffee cup, water bottles and shopping bags for use.

There are lots of activities planned across the day. We are busy organising the program, so stay tuned.

What’s on:

  • Keynote speakers including leading permaculturalists and celebrity gardeners
  • Talks and demonstrations will focus on gardening, cooking, energy-efficiency and traditional arts
  • Lots of local food and market stalls for you to come and taste, buy produce and meet farmers from around the region
  • Self-guided tours around Canberra City Farm’s demonstration gardens and sustainable housing display
  • Entertainment will include a mix of food growing, live music, health and well being, landcare and traditional arts
  • Children’s activities
  • Community groups will share knowledge about how you can continue your sustainable living journey, including upcoming courses, talks and demonstrations

We can confirm:

ABC Gardening’s Costa will be joining us for the day!

David Holmgren is launching his latest book RetroSuburbia and will be available for book signings, 

Formidable Vegetable Sound Garden playing music to groove along with 

Join Canberra City Farm for one of their 15 min tours at the ACT Permaculture Festival. Tours at 10.15, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15, 1.15 and 2.15. Tours will cover wicking beds, demonstration gardens, vineyard, community garden plots, composting and worm farming.


Bio intensive poly cultures (Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch, Wynlen House Slow Food Farm – 55 mins

Small land holders, homesteaders  and backyard vegetable growers will benefit from an organic approach to growing produce  that  gives the highest yield for the smallest amount of land and most importantly, that increases biodiversity and soil fertility at the same time.

In this system of growing the terms intensive and polyculture have two distinct meanings. The “intensive” means growing larger numbers of a species/variety of plant in the same area – using smaller spacings than is usual or average for a particular vegetable. Polyculture, in this context, means planting many different vegetables in the same space.  There are a number of variables that have a critical impact on the success of such as system including, to name but a few,  soil nutrition and soil amendments, vegetable selection for compatibility and physical characteristic during the plant’s life cycle.

This lecture outlines this agricultural system and introduces & discusses the variables that make it a success.

Poultry nutrition  (Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch, Wynlen House Slow Food Farm – 55 mins

Keepers of poultry who are small land holders, homesteaders or backyard producers generally run chickens, geese, ducks and turkey for the table or for eggs.   However, the fact that these are the most commonly kept poultry doesn’t mean that those who raise and keep them fully appreciate their nutritional needs or know how to meet those needs cheaply and efficiently using feeds that are not heavily processed or adulterated in the manufacturing process.

This lecture takes a close look at the nutritional needs of these birds and how they can be met using the techniques and ingredients that predate the factory farms and highly processed “take away” commercial poultry feeds. Take a step back to the time of mixing feeds from easily available base ingredients  – what used to be a common activity for anyone with poultry (regardless of numbers kept), before industrial animal factory farms became common in the last part of the 20th  century. Learn to produce the absolute best of meat and eggs without pesticides or herbicides and maintain a robust healthy flock.

Social permaculture – making connections  (Robin Clayfield, Earthcare Education –  55 mins

Join Robin in weaving the permaculture principles card game into an interactive activity with lots of energy.



Permaculture and landscape design – an introduction  (Chris Curtis, Fresh Landscape design

In this short talk, Chris will describe ways of applying permaculture principles to residential landscape design. It will include a brief overview ofpermaculture, its ethics and principles, discuss why design is necessary, and provide examples of applying permaculture thinking to the various stages of landscape design.

Chris is living his dream in an owner-built, off-grid house on 10ha near Bungendore, surrounded by fruit trees, vegies, ducks, chooks, llamas, alpacas, Babydoll Southdown sheep and grasshoppers. He works in a home-based landscape architecture practice which also allows him to explore his interests in GIS, CAD and drones.

After many years working in IT in the city, Chris took six months off work  and started an exciting journey involving cooking in a local cafe, running a catering business, the local food movement, landscape design, market gardening and the Bungendore Farmers Market. He is in the final year of study for a Bachelor of Horticulture degree.

Cooking with local(ish) native foods (Fiona Porteous, Bent Shed Produce – 25 mins

Fiona will demostrate cooking with Warrigal Greens making a simple and tasty gluten-free, vegetable frittata. Once properly prepared Warrigal Greens can be used in place of spinach in many dishes.

Wool and chickens in permaculture and art (Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zairns, Tabandy Farm

Tabitha will explain how she brings together her experience and expertise of horticulture, animal management, chicken handling skills, wool production and textile artistry with permaculture principles. She’ll detail how you can use animals on a farm without eating them. All the while you will play with wool in soapy water to create an individual sculptural felt piece.

You may recognise Tabitha and Tabandy Farm from the TV series River Cottage Australia, where she mentored Paul West with his chicken showing and provided camel manure for the garden.  (55 mins)

Making your own skincare (Stephanie Teagle, The Purity Store ) 25 mins

Don’t pay big bucks for lotions and potions for your skin. Join Stephanie to learn how to make your own skincare products using common kitchen ingredients.  Stephanie will demonstrate making skin scrubs, masks and hair treatments that you can go home and make yourself. She will also have a range of other products to show what else you can do.  There’s health and sustainability benefits in making your own and/or buying natural locally sourced skincare ingredients.

Explore how art makes a difference (April Sampson-Kelly, Mother Goose Permaculture – – 25 mins

When we change the way we see the world, we also change the way the world sees us.  The most useful tool for environmental mindfulness is observation.  Art can stop us in our tracks. Lets explore how art makes a difference.  Evaluate your ‘ecolution’.  Build new direction. We will work on different practical activities to formulate ideas on how art works to build awareness, celebration of nature, and supportive, connected communities. This workshop aims to enrich the communication of complex environmental issues to achieve effective change. The unique beauty of permaculture is it’s ability to use design as a tool for efficiency. This clever use of design deserves better understood. Art can help to sell complex ideas.

STEAM Ahead – Use the Arts to build your dreams of a better future.

Challenge your thinking on using industrial hemp (Karen Dahl, Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance 25 mins

Industrial hemp is a food, fibre, hurd, medicine and fuel. Crops can be grown almost anywhere in Australia (best with irrigation) and can have 2-3 good crops per year. Industrial hemp doesn’t have high THC and can’t be used to get high. There are so many uses of hemp including as a great carbon sequester plant. Countries like China lead the world in industrial hemp production. Eighty years after hemp cultivation was banned in Australia the industry is enjoying a second coming. Come and find out more.

Re-styling the clothes in your wardrobe (Nina Gabor, Style by Nina 25 mins

Eco Stylist, Nina Gbor is a personal stylist who advocates for sustainability and ethical clothing production in the fashion industry. Nina teaches simple techniques for creating your perfect sustainable wardrobe based on the philosophy, buy less, choose well and make it last. The focus of the Sustainable Clothing & Re-Styling Talk/Workshop is to discuss why sustainable clothing is so important for our personal lives, the environment and the lives of garment workers. At the talk, you will also learn how to reuse the same pieces in your wardrobe for different types of occasions and for multiple seasons throughout the year. The result? Less fashion waste, consistently look amazing and spend less on clothes. At the talk, you will get easy ideas like:

  •  2-minute outfit transitions using 1 garment to create different looks like casual to corporate to glamour.
  • using the same pieces in all 4 seasons
  • how to identify your best colours.

How to make your own beeswax wraps (Zoe Reynolds) 25 mins

Beeswax wrap is a fantastic alternative to disposable plastic food wrap. Single-use plastics are not only an unnecessary waste of materials, but also have a massive impact when they go into the environment as waste. Many of us are trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and beeswax wraps are one very simple step in the right direction! Beeswax wrap is re-usable, easy to make, is made using easily-sourced natural materials, and can be used for everything that you would usually use plastic food wrap for.

In this 25-minute session, Zoe will demonstrate how to make your own beeswax wrap at home. We’ll chat about what you can use it for, how to use it, and where to source the materials. Come along and you may get a chance to make your own beeswax wrap to take home with you!

The Canberra forest (David Watson, Millpost Farm 25 mins

Canberra has a wonderful range of trees across its streets and parks.  Let David help you in identifying which ones are useful for permaculture, such as cork oak, stone pine, honey locust and black walnut.  Explore how Canberra’s street trees had a role in the early development of permaculture in Canberra. David will draw on the historical work of foresters Thomas Weston and Lindsay Pryor as well as the work of Marc Julienne in the late 1970s and 80s. An appraisal of the National Arboretum is included in the discussion. Key reference books are Trees in Canberra and Street trees in Canberra.

How to make a wicking bed (Cally Brennan, Canberra Permaculture Design – 55 mins

Have you ever wondered how you can make your vegetables grow like crazy without spending the whole summer watering? Or maybe you would like to take a summer holiday without your precious plants keeling over the moment your back is turned!?

Wicking beds are a great way to conserve water while producing great crops. And they don’t have to cost a fortune either. Join Canberra’s own ‘Wicking Witch of the West’ – Cally Brennan, who will show you how easy it is to make your own wicking garden bed or plant pot. Cally has spent the last 8 years making all sorts of wicking beds, from the very large to the very small – learn her tips on how you can make your garden thrive and survive, even in the very hottest weather!


The Bungendore Harvest Festival – What’s On

The program is nearly final – so – check out what’s on…

The Southern Harvest Association is again hosting the weekend long celebration of local food, farming and fibre from 16 – 18 March 2018.

Friday 16th March – Eating Out

9AM-5PM          Timber Burl Gems Display at Bungendore Woodworks

12NOON-5PM  The Big Green Cup Café: offering a Grazing Plate every day of the Festival, commencing 12pm Friday, which includes fresh and local meats cheese fruit and veg accompanied with local breads. Cost is $25 per head, with bookings preferred (to guarantee a seat!).

4-6PM                 Official Launch at The Lake George Hotel with John Barilaro and Bungendore Community Bank plus wine tasting and more

6-9PM                 Local food and beverages at The George Bar & Dining

7-9:30PM           Bungendore Harvest Festival ‘Trust the Chef’ Dinner at Le Tres Bon

ALL WEEKEND   Harvest Festival window dress displays at the shops throughout the village

Saturday 17th March – All the ingredients you need

Harvest Way

10AM-4PM     Bungendore Harvest Festival Market Stalls at the Festival Way in Ellendon Street

10AM-4PM     Beekeeping Q & A at the Bees R Us Market Stall

12NOON         Talk: Kerenza Brown: infusing Olive Oil with herbs at Flat Out Produce Market Stall

1.30PM            Talk: Scott Williams of Bees R Us: The Art of Bee Keepingat the Bees R Us Market Stall

1.4pPM            Bungendore Community Choir – outside PRDnationwide Bungendore

Festival Green

10AM               Launch of the Bungendorables on the Festival Green – come on down and visit!

10:30AM        Dachshund Fashion Parade on the Festival Green – Donations to the Australian Dachshund Rescueregister here

11:30AM         Music by POLK on the Festival Stage

12:30PM         Music by Danny V – acoustic on the Festival Stage

1:00PM           Music by the Broken Arrows on the Festival Stage

2:00PM           Music by Mog acoustic on the Festival Stage

3-4PM              Music – Dark Horse Band on the Festival Stage

Harvest Tent

11AM               Evan Dunstone of WoodDust talking on the International Woodworking Scene as a Hobby. Music: Owen Elliot: classical guitar demonstration on a Smallman Guitar.

11.30AM-12NOON   Talk: Jennie Curtis: Out of the City – Adventures in Small Farming

2-2.30PM       Cooking demonstration: Chris Curtis of Food for Friends: what to do with tomatoes

2:30-3PM       Growing Garlic Cultivars from Silverskin, Creole and Artichoke groups in the ACT and Southern Tablelands – Bronwyn Richards – Harvest Tent

3PM                 Cooking Demonstration with Chef Christophe Gregoire of Le Tres Bon at the Harvest Tent

Harvest Kids

10AM-4PM     Kids activities on the Festival Green at Harvest kids – Loads of fun for the little ones including prizes

At Harvest Kids:
Stealing eggs game
Potato race
Egg and spoon race
Kids Sheep dog trials-In pairs
Shopping bag race
Apple spiral eating off string.

Harvest Rest

10AM-4PM     Face Painting at the Harvest Rest

Also at the Harvest Rest:  Potato stamping, Apple stamping.

In the Village

ALL DAY        IGA First Birthday Celebrations at the IGA on Malbon Street

9AM-3PM      Phil’s Emporium Op Shop 1st Birthday Celebrations, Butmaroo St – jumping castle, balloons, barista coffee,birthday cake and  great bargains

9AM-5PM       Timber Burl Gems Display at Bungendore Woodworks

10AM-4PM     Horse and Carriage Rides $10 leaving from Cnr Ellendon and Gibraltar Streets at the Horse Stop

10AM-4PM      The Big Green Cup Café: offering a Grazing Plate, which includes fresh and local meats cheese fruit and veg accompanied with local breads. Cost is $25 per head, with bookings preferred (to guarantee a seat!).

10:30-2PM     Cooking Class Lunch at Le Tres Bon with local produce

11AM-3PM     Tasting Plate at the Big Green Cup Cafe, Village Square

11AM-4PM     The Gathering Cafe will be a hub of activities.  Join two locals to hear about their experiences with permaculture and try the end results with skin care products for you to try or purchase.  Enjoy fantastic coffee and fresh healthy food at the Gathering Cafe which sources local produce such as Long Paddock eggs, Lonsdale St Roasters coffee, Wynella meat, Little Big Dairy Co: a single source milk fresh produce straight from the veggie patch or try the fabulous in-house cooked french apple tart or maybe a slice of strawberry shortcake.  Look for the scarecrows out the front of 10 Gibraltar St and join in crafty harvest painting for the children or maybe have a game of two of Pumpkin and Squash Noughts and Crosses: its all free.

12-3PM           Local Food and Beverages at The George Bar & Dining

6-9PM              Local Food and Beverages at The George Bar & Dining

Further Afield

10AM-4PM     Affleck Vineyard Art Show plus free wine tasting and cheese, biscuit and wine plates.

10AM-6PM      Provisions Deli and Grocery Braidwood, for all your local produce needs 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood

11AM-4PM     Lark Hill Biodynamic Vineyard – Cellar Door Open

12-3PM           Lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery

Sunday 18th March – Immerse yourself

Farm Tours and Wineries

10AM-4PM       Affleck Vineyard Art Show plus free wine tasting and cheese, biscuit and wine plates $10

10-11AM           Farm tour (bookings essential $20pp) at Jerrabatt Gully Organics

10-11AM           Farm tour (bookings essential $20/pp) at Caroola Farm

11AM-4PM       Lark Hill Biodynamic Vineyard – Cellar Door Open

11AM-5PM       Local food and wine at Contentious Character

11AM-5PM       The Old Stone House Open Gardens, Devonshire tea and free wine tastings – please book for Devonshire Tea

12-3PM             Lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery

2-3PM               Jerrabatt Gully Organics farm tour (bookings essential $20/pp – children free) at Jerrabatt Gully Organics

2-3PM              Caroola Farm tour (bookings essential $20/pp – children free) at Caroola Farm

2.15-4.30PM   Aminya Organic Olive Grove Farm Tour (bookings essential $15/pp – children free) in association with Flat Out Produce

3-4PM              Mamma Rita’s Farm tour (bookings essential $20/pp – children free) at Mamma Rita’s Farm

In the Village

9AM-2PM       the market@bungendore, Bungendore Memorial Hall

9AM-5PM       Timber Burl Gems Display at Bungendore Woodworks

9:30AM           Bungendore Anglican Church Harvest Thanksgiving Service –  open air, kid’s activity for the morning will be scarecrow construction

10AM-4PM    The Big Green Cup Café: offering a Grazing Plate, which includes fresh and local meats cheese fruit and veg accompanied with local breads. Cost is $25 per head, with bookings preferred (to guarantee a seat!).

11AM-4PM     The Gathering Cafe and Gib St Courtyard Art Connection. Pumpkin and Squash Noughts and Crosses outside 10 Gibraltar Street, plus Childrens Craft Activities.

11AM-5PM       The Old Stone House Open Gardens, Devonshire tea and free wine tastings – please book for Devonshire Tea

12-3PM             Local Food and Beverages at The George Bar & Dining

6-9PM              Local Food and Beverages at The George Bar & Dining

Further Afield

9.30AM-3.30PM Raising Animals Organically, Wynlen House Learning Centre $175 bookings essential

10AM-6PM      Provisions Deli and Grocery Braidwood, for all your local produce needs 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood


For more information visit:

In Season Now

It’s nearly Autumn and the bees are abuzz in the garden, and it is delivering delicious seasonal fare…

We’ll have fresh, organic yearling beef from Saturday, but are harvesting the following now:

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Potatoes
  • Baby Kale
  • Beetroot
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Mix
  • Broadbeans
  • Blackberries
  • And of course more – whatever is hiding from us…

We’ll have fresh chilled Kombucha at the markets this week too…

Thank you heavens for the rain, but no doubt the weeding will take it’s toll (not complaining though) – just planted out brassica seeds, green manure and loads more to go into the ground yet!

For those of you keen on a Farm Tour – we’ll be doing tours on Sunday 18 March as part of the Bungendore Harvest Festival – so book online via the Festival website.

Keep smiling!

Bungendore Harvest Festival even Bigger and Better in 2018

After a successful debut in 2017, the Bungendore Harvest Festival is back for its second year with a large number of new stalls and local businesses showing off their wares.

The Southern Harvest Association is again hosting the weekend long celebration of local food, farming and fibre from 16 – 18 March 2018.

Last year’s Harvest Festival saw approximately 5,000 tourists head to Bungendore across the weekend from Canberra, surrounding regions, and Sydney.

The event gave Bungendore a new found exposure, which has resulted in an increase of stallholders from 35 stalls last year, to over 60 this year.

This year’s festival will have a greater focus on ready-to-eat produce. ‘Last year was all about the product. We had a really great variety of ingredients and items that festival-goers could buy to take home and experiment with,’ says Festival Director Penny Kothe.

‘This year, we’re showing people the final product, and how we actually use our own produce. Instead of just buying the groceries, there will be a greater offering of brunch, lunch and dinner options. This will give guests the chance to try before they buy, and get ideas for how they can use the produce themselves.’

The success of last year’s event saw the Southern Harvest Association receive a grant from Destination NSW, which will allow greater infrastructure to be brought in to create a broader festival experience. This will include a stage to showcase live music and entertainment, and ensure guests receive the authentic Bungendore country town experience. It will also see more amenities and public facilities.

‘The grant from Destination NSW will help us to deliver a really professional event, raising the bar even higher from 2017.’ says Kothe. ‘We’ll be able to create a better experience for visitors, and provide a larger range of entertainment and activities within the Harvest Festival precinct.’

Festival-goers will once again be treated to the best the Bungendore region has to offer. On Friday, guests will get a chance to indulge in delicious meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages. Saturday will be packed full of cooking demonstrations, entertainment, street stalls, workshops, gardening and giveaways. The weekend will be rounded out with farm, garden and winery experiences on Sunday.

There will be plenty for the kids, too, with a new kid’s program that includes everything from egg and spoon races to potato sack races, face painting and more.

‘I’m really excited to see what the Bungendore Harvest Festival brings this year.’ says Kothe, ‘It’s a great celebration of fresh food and produce, as well as celebrating the Bungendore community.’

The Bungendore Harvest Festival are pleased to welcome the Bungendore Community Bank as a major sponsor of the event. The festival will run on March 16 – 18 on Ellendon Street and at participating businesses in the area.

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Permaculture Convergence – Progam, Tours, Courses and more announced

The Fourteenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC14) is being held in Canberra 15-19 April 2018. We have just released details of the program which include keynote addresses from:

  • Mariam Issa
  • Tammi Jonas
  • David Holmgren
  • Charles Massey and
  • Bruce Pascoe

But, that’s not all, there are a huge, huge range of other speakers involved in the convergence – see them all here.

There are 4 days of talks, keynote, interactive workshops and fabulous food!Day-tickets, 4-day tickets, accommodation and camping options are all available – but get in quick as ticket sales close 31 March.

Want to work out what is on when (subject to the usual last minute juggling), then check out the session program.

The convergence starts with the all-day ACT Permaculture Festival, which is being held on Sunday 15 April at Canberra City Farm.

There are permaculture tours of local and regional properties both before and after the convergence, including the Southern Tablelands, Millpost Farm, Bega Valley and the Grand Permaculture Tour – more information on tours.

And, what would a convergence be without the opportunity to attend advanced permaculture skills training, both before and after the Convergence including Social Permaculture, Teacher Training, Localising Food and more – more information on courses.

What are you waiting for? Help us celebrate 40 years of permaculture by joining us, and your fellow permies to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence – bring your mates, come as a group and connect with others!


The garden is abundant!

A bit of cooler weather has settled things down in the garden, although the grasshoppers are still trying to have a feast.

The garden is abundant, so apart from fresh lamb and chicken this week (as well as the last of the been in the freezer), we’ll have:

  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Broadbeans (yes, really)
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Spring Onions
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Beetroot
  • and Blackberries – yum.

We’ll also have chilled Kombucha at the markets.

We’ve been busy weeding and planting out more garden greens this week to keep up with demand 🙂

We contributed to a fantastic Introduction to Permaculture Course over the weekend and are now busy helping plan for the Bungendore Harvest Festival (16-18 March) and the Australasian Permaculture Convergence (15-19 April) – no rest yet!

Yummy Beef, Awesome Chicken and Delicious Lamb – plus veg!

Fresh this week – what a choice – organic beef, pastured chicken and organic lamb.

We’ll have chicken and beef at Queanbeyan and then lamb also available at Bungendore and Southside – if you would like something specific please let us know.

On the veggie front this week we have:

  • Dutch Cream Potatoes $5/bag
  • Tomatoes $5/bag
  • Very limited Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir-Fry Greens $3/bag
  • Brown Onions $3/bunch
  • Limited Radishes $3/bunch
  • Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Squash 4 for $3
  • Maybe Blackberries if it is not too hot to harvest
  • Sunflowers 4 for $3
  • Kombucha $4 each
  • Limited supply of Armenian Cucumbers (but they are yum)
  • Limited supply of Celery $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch
  • Garlic 50c each for seconds

Short and sweet this week – enjoying the relative cool of the day!

Introduction to Permaculture 17-18 February

Ticket sales close Tomorrow (Wednesday 14th February).  Scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase.

You will learn how permaculture principles can enable you to create a sustainable, regenerative lifestyle in the city, a large block or on a farm by looking at energy flows and systems for design.

This introductory course will expose you to the principles and systems used in permaculture and will also provide you with the insight into the possibilities of transitioning to a small holding, farm or rural community. It is also the first weekend of a modular series of weekend courses being run by Southern Harvest Education in 2018 that will lead to the completion of your Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

You are welcome to attend whether or not you wish to do your PDC, and in fact, it’s a great way to find out if a PDC is for you.

Is permaculture for me?

There are so many aspects to permaculture it can benefit everyone – whether you are starting with 5 square metres or 500 acres!

Connecting with John Champagne and Penny Kothe for two days of permaculture basics will leave you full of enthusiasm, knowledge and skills ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into sustainability projects.

You’ll also be in a prime position to explore and research aspects of sustainable design that may interest you from land regeneration, efficient healthy gardening for yourself or profit, or ultimately building more sustainable community networks like food co-operatives or community garden groups in your local area.

This course focuses on practical implementation as well as the theory behind permaculture, its history, principles and design skills

More information and bookings

Book Now: Australasian Permaculture Convergence 2018 in Canberra 15-19 April

Bookings Close 31 March unless sold out prior

Register now for APC14 — find prices below for the convergence and accommodation options.


Keynote speakers have been confirmed as David Holmgren, Tammi Jonas, Charles Massy and Bruce Pascoe –find out more

These are just some of the suggestions for presentations for APC – sessions confirmed so far

  • Accelerate succession in the Global Permaculture Community – Learning from the Pioneers.
  • Fast Tracking Change with Social Permaculture
  • Jumping into Action
  • Creative Permaculture Education is Positive Change in Action
  • Sharing Circles for Connected Folk
  • Cultivating your Group Ecology
  • The Complexities of a Simple Life
  • Permaculture enters schools in Timor Leste ( we have Ego Lemos from Timor coming)
  • Australian Launch of the Tropical Permaculture Handbook
  • Permaculture in China
  • Effective Collectives with Sociocracy

Standard convergence tickets

Standard ADULT convergence price options for people over 11 years old…

  • $630 four day ticket — shared accommodation and all meals
  • $510 four day ticket — camping and meals (BYO camping gear)
  • $450 four day ticket — refreshments, lunch and dinner
  • $130 day ticket  — refreshments, lunch and dinner

Book now

Bungendore Community Bank announced as Major Sponsor for Harvest Festival

Bungendore Community Bank Major Sponsor for Harvest Festival

The Bungendore Community Bank is the Major Sponsor for the Bungendore Harvest Festival in 2018 committing $4,500 to help ensure the success of the event. This is a weekend of celebration of food, fibre and farming from 16-18 March. Local farms, artisanal producers and businesses are featured with events across the weekend in Bungendore and surrounds.

“We are excited that the Bungendore Community Bank has come on board as the major sponsor and feel it is a great fit to help connect and grow the community in Bungendore” says Penny Kothe of the Bungendore Harvest Festival Organising Committee.

Dining opportunities include a ‘Trust the Chef’ dinner at Le Tres Bon showcasing local produce on Friday 16 March along with other local eateries profiling local food and drinks.

Saturday 17 March will see stalls along Ellendon Street showcasing local producers and farming activities, with loads of ready to eat food available this year. A range of entertainment is being planned for young and old with traditional childrens activities such as sack races and egg and spoon races.

Sunday activities will focus on exploring the region with a range of farm and vineyard tours available including Greenhill Farm, Caroola Farm, Aminya Olive Grove and Jerrabatt Gully Organics.

There is still time for local businesses to get involved with a window-dressing competition being sponsored by the Bungendore Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as stall spaces, sponsorship and prizes being sought.

Information on activities and events  for the Harvest Festival  are at and are updated as they become available, or find out more on Facebook at:

Southern Harvest is a business and community led organisation focused on growing local and regional food communities in the ACT and South East NSW through education, market opportunities, networking and advocacy.

The good news, and the bad (not soo bad)

The good news comes in multiple formats:

We will have FRESH Hillside Pastured Chicken for all three markets this week – Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Southside.

PLUS we have FRESH, organic, grass-fed yearling Beef – you really can’t get better than that.

On the veggie front we’ll have:

  • Potatoes
  • Radishes ( like really awesome ones 🙂
  • Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato
  • Spring Onion
  • Celery
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Garlic
  • Squash
  • Kale

and probably other stuff I’m yet to discover in the garden tomorrow.

Oh, and kombucha of course – this week: Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry and Nashi.

The REAL good news is that our coolroom is finally fixed – but, just in time as the tyre blew on our market ‘horsefloat’ on the way back from Southside last week, and, the truck bringing the new tyres has broken down, so our market trailer is still broken – ahh well, at least we have the coolroom!!

We’ve spent the week weeding and planting out greens, nice cooler weather, but not so for Thursday 🙁

See you at the market 🙂

Fresh Beef, Hillside Pastured Chicken, Zucchinis and Tomatoes and more

It’s official, the zucchinis are in fine form, the tomatoes are starting to boom and the cucumbers just starting to fruit.

We had a lovely 25mm of rain over the weekend – whew! What a blessing – better than none and better than 75mm our friends had and lost fences!

We’ve put a body of beef in to the butcher, but it won’t be ready until the markets on Saturday, so you’ll have to hold your horses if you are after fresh beef. And we’ll have fresh Hillside Pastured Chicken then too! Let us know if you want us to save you something 🙂

In the meantime we have ‘great deals’ on a selection of whole chicken, frames, feet, necks and more for the market on Thursday in Queanbeyan.

We made the most awesome Thai chicken cakes (like fish cakes only with chicken) for dinner the other night – a fabulous summer meal with a cucumber and chilli dressing – yum (will post the recipe soon)

We’re still catching up on planting out greens to get our salad mix back into production after the heat, but suffice to say the garden is booming.

The Garlic Olympics at Bungendore

Well, the great garlic olympics in Bungendore (read the garlic entries at the Bungendore Show) are over for another year.

Congratulations to Simone Dilkara who took out first and second place (who does that?) And our own Penny Kothe took out third.

We agreed that actually it was a credit to the gorgeous compost from Lantasia Compost, our neighbours at Caroola Farm.

However, in true growing style, a number of other categories were entered and placed…


Talk about heat stress

We had a slight reprieve from the heat yesterday, thankfully, but it’s been a big week of stress – on us, but more so on the plants.

39 degrees in the shade means it can be over 50 degrees in the garden, and with water in short supply the only answer is hand watering the plants that need it most – which of course is the seedlings…

Thankfully the zucchinis decided to keep on keeping strong, and the tomatoes also love the heat, so we will have limited supply of both of these at the markets this week.

The greens are another story and we have yet to plant out the seedlings we’ve grown as it is just too hot – hoping we can get to this in the next day or two to continue our supply of salad mix.

With bushfires nearby we were also short-staffed with Paul heading off for two twelve hour shifts on the fireground. Saying that, we were lucky to have extra hands on deck by way of school holidays, so the seedlings in the shadehouse got well cared for thanks to Jordan.

Arabella has literally just returned from her Young Endeavour trip – woohoo

See you at the markets with:

  • Fresh chicken from Hillside
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato
  • Stir-fry greens
  • Potatoes if you are quick
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Spring Onions
  • A little Salad Mix
  • And of course icy cold Kombucha 🙂

ACT Permaculture Festival 15 April 2018

Applications are now being taken for stallholders and workshop presenters for the inaugural ACT Permaculture Festival held on Sunday 15 April 2018, 10am – 4pm at Canberra City Farm, Fyshwick.

If you make, grow, tend, or repair ethical and sustainable products and would like to share your skills and knowledge with others then we’d like to hear from you. Email with your expression of interest or contact Katy 0406 375150.

The ACT Permaculture Festival will include music, food, free workshops and talks. David Holmgren, co-founder of Permaculture, will be launching his new book ‘Retrosuburbia’ at this event. The main focus will be sharing sustainable living and well-being skills and ideas using local producers and organisations such as yourself!

See you at the festival

RetroSuburbia: a permaculture plan for Australia’s residential heartlands – David Holmgren

Keynote to 14th Australasian Permaculture Convergence

RetroSuburbia is more than a book, it is a strategy to build on the diverse legacies, projects and people applying permaculture ethics and principles across the diverse residential landscapes in Australia and New Zealand where a combination of detached dwellings, productive private space and public land can allow residents to provide for household needs, improve resilience to multiple emergent threats, nurture community cohesion and kick start the local economy.

David Holmgren builds on lessons from four decades of permaculture design, teaching, practise and activism to explain the factors that could allow an order of magnitude larger change in our residential heartlands to;

  • Replicate and adapt existing models of retrosuburban household systems
  • Contribute to the next scale of self organisation; local community economy and self governance
  • Support and defend gains against likely pushback by centralised systems that stand to lose power and market share.

In a world where environmental and social justice activists are overwhelmed by the attempts to fight one bushfire after another, David Holmgren shows how good working models powered by permaculture ethics and principles have the potential to create a “new normal” at the household, street and neighbourhood level that will be critical for a benign and resilient future.

Join David at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Canberra 15-19 April 2018

Loads of pastured and organic meat in the freezer plus more…

It’s that time of year when ‘private’ processing through the abattoirs has stopped, and when it starts again it’s a mad scramble to book into the butcher for cut ups.

The good news is we have LOADS of Hillside Pastured Chicken in the freezer – time for a roast – eat it hot or cold.

We do have lots of beef sausages and mince (great for making your own burgers or of course a sausage sizzle).

We have limited lamb left (sorry, it just goes really quickly) and limited pork until we can get to the abattoir again.

On the sunny side of life the zucchinis are coming on and the tomatoes slowly too – the cucumbers, potatoes and pumpkins are not far behind (but they are not ready yet).

If you are after fresh salad and stir-fry mix get in quick at the markets as we have limited supply due to the very hot and then very cold weather – we’ve put more in, but it will take a while to grow.

BUT, did I say onions, spring onions and garlic – yes, we do have those 🙂

As usual, you can find us at Bungendore, Queanbeyan and Southside this week 🙂

Fresh Organic Beef, loads of Alliums and garden greens

It’s been a week of weeding, planting and coping with the heat, plus school holidays of course!

We have liberated the onions from the weeds, harvested our Dunganski garlic and hung it to cure, and now it’s time to get on to weeding the tomatoes (not yet ripe 🙁

We’ll be at Queanbeyan Farmers Market on Thursday with Fresh Organic Beef, a load of spring onions, Long Tropea Red and fresh brown onions, plus salad and stir-fry greens, zucchini and squash.

On Saturday we’ll have Fresh Beef and Lamb plus the same range of vegetables and on Sunday we’ll be back at Southside Market with Fresh Beef and Lamb too!

We have a range of Hillside Pastured Chicken in the freezer, no fresh processing until the week of the 27th Jan.

We also have a good range of Kombucha in stock – Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry.

That’s it for now – see you at the markets!

New Year Fresh Produce – From Paddock to Plate

What’s the benefit of local food? FRESH, FRESH, FRESH – do you know how long that produce sits in the Supermarkets? OK, off the bandwagon.

Did you know that there are no EPIC or Southside Markets again this week? You have two choices – Queanbeyan 3-7pm on Thursday or Bungendore 9-12noon on Saturday – and, guess what, they are real local producers, so, come on down. You’ll find a good range of local, seasonal fresh produce from some great sustainable producers!

Caroola Farm this week will have FRESH, organic, grass-fed beef plus loads of preservative free sausages that are in the freezer, because, guess what, they are preservative free, so need to be frozen or they simply won’t last.

We will also have Hillside Pastured Chicken available in most cuts – the best chicken available in the region – yes, really, have you tasted it yet?

From the garden:

  • Spring onions
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Stir-fry greens
  • Salad mix

So, don’t stop eating the good stuff, come along and join us!

Happy New Year and here’s to your resolutions

We hope you all saw in the New Year with joy.

Whether or not you have made, make or even consider making resolutions we put the following to you.

  1. Think about how you can support those around you for your own and their future happiness.
  2. Think about how you can help look after the earth, support regenerative farming and stop the use of non-renewable depletions.
  3. Think about what you have to offer the world, how can you share your knowledge, friendship, produce or other things.


Fresh from the farm at Queanbeyan today and Bungendore Saturday

After a quick break for the holiday season, consisting of sleeping in, eating great food and trying to sit still, we are back at the markets today. Those veggies just don’t stop growing and people still have to eat, right?

What did your feast consist of? We started the day with Duck Egg crepes (awesome) and then went seafood – lobster (topped with Caroola Farm spring onions, garlic, loads of local butter and of course native peppersalt from Bent Shed produce) and oysters for two, plus loads of fresh pavlova with local cream and strawberries (from Greenhill Farm of course) – yum!

But, back to the good stuff…

From the garden this week we have:

  • Salad Mix
  • Spring Onions
  • Onions
  • Squash
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Kale
  • Stir-fry Greens
  • Radishes

And the Zucchinis are just starting to come on – but not sure they’ll get all the way to the market just yet.

The tomatoes are on the vine, but they are not ripe yet – stay tuned!




Congratulations, Christmas Markets – Turkey, Ham, Chicken and loads of fresh stuff!

We survived the heat this week and managed to get water to the bits of the garden most in need.

In non-farm news a big shout out to our daughter Arabella (many of you have met her at the markets) who celebrated her Year 12 Graduation from Canberra College – well done!

It’s a busy time of year with Turkey processing (meaning a drive to Canowindra) and sorting out Ham, Chicken and Veggie box orders.

This week is a bumper week with markets on:

  • Thursday afternoon in Queanbeyan from 3-7pm
  • Saturday in Bungendore with extended hours from 9am to 2pm
  • Sunday at Southside from 8 until 11.30 (then Southside Markets are closed until mid January).

The Queanbeyan and Bungendore Farmers Markets will continue throughout the summer so you can still access all your fresh local meat and veg.

Apart from Turkey and Ham collections this week we’ll have loads of pastured chicken plus the last of the Sommerlad chickens.

For Christmas gifts we have a great range of herbal teas, a small amount of garlic left, but you can always organise a Caroola Farm gift voucher.

From the garden this week:

  • Brocollini
  • Spring Onions
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens

Onions and a few other surprises depending on the heat.

Safe travels to those of you going further afield, enjoy the Holiday Season!


2018 Bungendore Harvest Festival

2018 Bungendore Harvest Festival

Following on from the hugely successful 2017 event, the 2018 Bungendore Harvest Festival is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. Local businesses, farms, producers and more will be featured with events running from Friday 16 March through to Sunday 18 March in Bungendore and surrounds.

Stallholder, sponsor and local business participation applications are now open, go to  for more information, to sign up for the newsletter or visit the  facebook page at

“The Bungendore Harvest Festival really brought the town alive last time, and is set to be even bigger and better in 2018. It is a fantastic opportunity for Bungendore to showcase its local food and farming heritage and establish a significant annual regional event” says Penny Kothe of the Bungendore Harvest Festival Organising Committee.

Now is the time to secure your involvement as a:

  • Stallholder
  • Speaker or presenter
  • Sponsor
  • Farmer or
  • Local Business

Local businesses are invited to get involved by dressing their stores with harvest cheer, holding demonstrations and workshops, contributing to raffles and more.

If you are a local business and have yet to let us know how you would like to participate, please contact us on

Southern Harvest is a business and community led organisation focused on growing local and regional food communities in the ACT and South East NSW through education, market opportunities, networking and advocacy.

Greens, Greens, Greens, Garlic, Smoked Ham and Kombucha

Fresh from the garden this week:

  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Spring Onions
  • Broadbeans
  • Beetroot
  • Brocollini
  • Rocket and more

We’ll have fresh, chilled Kombucha available at all markets plus the last of our Christmas Garlic Braids.

We’ve just got a stack of small hams back from the butcher – yum – all around the 1kg mark for those looking for something small and a little special. We do have larger 3-4kg ones still available too.

It’s going to be a hot few days but the veggies are growing quickly, so make the most of fresh summer greens and head on down to the markets:

Queanbeyan – Crawford St from 3-7pm Thursday

Bungendore – Butmaroo St 9am to 12noon Saturday

Southside – Canberra College 8am to 11.30 Sunday

Christmas is Coming – what are your plans?

Will you be celebrating Christmas with Local Flavour this year?

With Christmas heading our way quickly the turkey orders are closed and ham orders are rolling in. We also have limited stocks of Sommerlad Chicken and Pastured Hillside Chicken available.

The farmers market is a great place to pick up quality local produce for your festive meals including meats, chutneys and other accompaniments, bread, vegetables and more. It’s also a great place to start looking for those local hamper items such as dried native herbs, a range of sauces and jams, herbal teas, cordials and garlic braids of course!

The Southern Harvest Farmers Markets are on twice a week leading up to Christmas. Every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm in Crawford Street, Queanbeyan and every Saturday from 9am to 12noonin Butmaroo Street Bungendore, with a special market on Saturday 23 December 9am to 2pm to get that last minute Christmas Shopping done.

Pastured Leg Ham for Christmas (Nitrite Free)

Pastured Chicken for Christmas

This week from Caroola

We’ll be at:

  • Queanbeyan Farmers Market Thursday 3-7pm
  • Bungendore Farmers Market Saturday 9am-12noon
  • Southside Farmers Market Sunday 8-11.30am

We’ll have Fresh, Organic, Grass-Fed lamb – only until it sells out, so get in quick.

We’ll have Hillside Pastured Chicken plus Organic Grass-Fed Beef and Organic Pastured Pork.

Try our delicious chicken and pasta salad at Queanbeyan for a great snack or take-home meal 🙂

The garden is booming with all the rain (but we can’t say the same about the chickens and ducks laying eggs 🙁

  • Beetroot
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Greens
  • Spring Onions
  • Broadbeans
  • Kale
  • and of course Garlic

There will be garlic braiding demonstrations at Queanbeyan, or you can purchase a pre-made one for yourself or someone else for Christmas.

Our Strawberry Kombucha is ‘to die for’ made with Greenhills Organic strawberries (which you can also buy at Queanbeyan) – yum!

So head on out and get all your fresh produce shopping done!

Farewell Yoann and Emilie – for now…

Our Volunteers in Residence are moving on, having come to learn how we farm and run our farming business, it’s now time to go out to pasture – so to speak.

We’d like to thank Yoann and Emilie for all the hard work they’ve put in, in the garden, with the animals and helping turn our produce into many varied and lovely things for our customers.

They’ve hatched out baby ducklings, watched the pigs grow up, the tomato seedlings flourish, been through an entire garlic harvest with us, have been learning and teaching garlic braiding and seen many of their gardening efforts come to fruition.

This lovely French couple are busy saving up for their own farm and they are staying in the area. You’ll probably still see them at the farmers markets, or if you drop in to Le Tres Bon, so do say ‘hi’. They’ve been making gorgeous soaps for Christmas which they also bring to the markets, so if you haven’t talked to them about their soap making efforts now is your chance.

We wish them all the very best with their endeavours – and hope they get to see more of Australia before they leave too 🙂

Fresh from Caroola Farm this week

All this gorgeous rain is making the garden boom!

Fresh from the garden this week will be:

  • Garlic – of course!!!!
  • Beetroot
  • Spring Onions
  • Brocollini
  • Silverbeet
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Broadbeans
  • Kale

And maybe more…

We have organic, grass-fed lamb in being processed which will be available Fresh on Saturday and Sunday – drop us a line if you are looking for something specific!

See you at:

Queanbeyan Farmers Market Thursday 3-7pm

Bungendore Farmers Market Saturday 9am-12noon

Southside Farmers Market Sunday 8am-11.30am

Christmas Turkeys Sold Out

Just a quick notice that we’ve sold out of Christmas Turkeys, so if you haven’t had your order confirmed then there are three options:

  1. Go on a waiting list in case someone cancels
  2. Order a Pastured Chicken instead… These are $18/kg
  3. We do have the very last of our Sommerlad Chickens in the freezer if you are after something smaller and super special (they are not being grown locally anymore) 🙁 These are $25/kg



Caroola Farm @ Queanbeyan Farmers Markets this week

We’ll be at the Queanbeyan Farmers Markets this week in Crawford Street – so, come on down and get your fresh and regional produce!

Ready to eat food from Caroola this week is our fabulous Chicken Rissotto – at just $3 a cup this is great for a mid-afternoon snack for the kids or an entree if you are buying produce for dinner as well!

We will have organic grass-fed beef, organic pasture pork plus Hillside Farm pastured chicken available – yum.

The garlic braiding is in full swing, so get in now and stock up for the year – or get those Christmas presents under the belt.

Plus of course you’ll find fresh salad mix, stir-fry greens, broadbeans, beetroot and more.

We’ve made up a few new batches of Kombucha including apricot, pear, blackberry, blueberry and turmeric and peach – yum!

See you there from 3pm to get all your local shopping done!

#localfood #southernharvest #queanbeyanfarmersmarket #caroolafarm

Australasian Permaculture Convergence – April 2018 – Canberra

Connecting all permaculturalists!

The fourteenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence will be held in Canberra from 15-19 April 2018. The four day convergence kicks off with the ACT Permaculture Festival on Sunday 15 April 2018, at Canberra City Farm and then 4 days of connecting and learning at The Greenhills Centre in Cotter. Followed by tours, workshops and courses across South East NSW.

Convergence attendees are expected to have completed a permaculture design course or equivalent, or to be participating in a design course. Three keynote speakers have been announced so far including David Holmgren (co-founder of Permaculture), Bruce Pascoe (author of Dark Emu) and Tammi Jonas (current President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance).

Submissions for presentations, demonstrations and displays at the convergence are now open, with permaculturalists young and old invited to participate, it is the participation from within the community that will make this event a success through the sharing of knowledge and networking opportunities this brings.

“We are excited to bring APC14 to Canberra and South East NSW!” says James Innes, Southern Harvest Association Vice-President “Attendance and participation is open to all people who have undertaken courses in permaculture or who adhere to the ethics, practices and principles that permaculture is built on.”

“This is an opportunity for everyone to share their permaculture journey, their research and ideas, and have fruitful discussions about the future directions of permaculture in the world.” Says John Champagne of Brogo Permaculture Gardens and programming organiser for APC14.

Get involved! Connectivity is the theme for APC14 and all participants are invited to put forward presentation and workshop ideas. Submissions are open for talks, demonstrations, displays and workshops.


If you are keen to volunteer to be involved in organising the convergence, or throughout the convergence please do let us know, it takes the community to help deliver this large-scale event.

If you want to attend the convergence, get in quick to take advantage of our early-bird discount for the first 100 tickets.All bookings are through the Southern Harvest Association website for the convergence and on-site accommodation and camping.

A feature of the program is locally sourced and ethically raised food and drinks and we are working with local farmers to achieve this.

Permaculture Australia member special – $595 Includes — convergence, shared accommodation and all meals.

Earlybird Special – For first 100 tickets is $595 Includes — convergence, shared accommodation and all meals.

Find out more about ticket prices and bookings

Note: There are separate children’s tickets available. There is no charge to bring children aged under 2 to the Convergence. Accommodation for under 2’s is also free provided they do not require a bed (i.e. sharing with a parent or bringing your own cot etc.).

Find out more about the Australasian Permaculture Convergence


Celebrating Local Garlic

Celebrating Local Garlic

Across the region, the garlic harvest is in full swing, it’s been a busy month pulling out all the lovingly grown garlic and hanging it to dry.

The local region is home to more than 30 commercial garlic growers, with the Braidwood Garlic Group having more than 65 members. Varieties grown locally include Monaro Purple, which is a hard-neck Turban variety, as well as later season crops yet to be harvested including Dunganski, Spanish Roja and Silverskins.

It’s the perfect time to pick up fresh young garlic at local outlets including the Wynlen House Slow Food Farm stall in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street Braidwood, Provisions Deli and Grocery, Food Lovers Market Bungendore and Bungendore and Queanbeyan Farmers markets.

It’s also time to look for braided garlic as Christmas gifts or braid your own! Join in the demonstration at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore (Butmaroo St 9am to 12noon) on Saturday 2 December or the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Queanbeyan (Crawford St 3-6pm) on Thursday 7 December and you’ll learn how to braid your own.

Join the festivities: There will be garlic braiding demonstrations for the duration of the Farmers Markets, bring take your own garlic (still with the stems on) or purchase local garlic at the markets and you’ll be shown how to braid.

Want to get involved with growing garlic locally? Go to and find out more , as well as to find information on local growers.

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market will have fresh garlic from now until Autumn and it on every Saturday, with a special Christmas Market on Saturday 23 December.

Southern Harvest BBQ and AGM – Friday 8 Dec 2017

We love a good gathering, and we love an event that shares great food!

Join us for a Southern Harvest Gathering on Friday 8 December for a summer celebration coupled with our AGM.

Bring a chair, bring a plate (plus knives, forks and spoons) and something to share… perhaps even some local wine or beer if you care…

Where: 4 King Street, Bungendore

When: 6.30pm Friday 8 December

What: 7.00pm AGM (it will be short as most AGM’s are) – followed by a BBQ and networking – come along and meet producers, consumers and more…

RVSP to secretary(at)

The AGM is our Annual General Meeting – it’s a time when all the ‘office bearer’ positions for the non-profit organisation are spilled and re-elected. The ‘office bearers’ are the committee, which is made up of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer plus General committee members – and of course we have a range of sub-committees and other volunteer roles as well.

If you are interested in being on the committee (completely voluntary) to help keep the work of Southern Harvest going, please do let us know.

Here is an overview of the different positions as well as voluntary positions we are looking to fill – as the saying goes – ‘many hands make light work’.

Whether or not you want to join the committee, we are looking forward to an evening of celebration of what Southern Harvest has achieved this year (which is a LOT) and what the priorities are for the coming year.

Local, organic produce this week…

It’s been a busy week (as always) – with garlic harvesting, tomato planting, the Canberra City Farm Open day and more… Like looking at the draft NSW Planning Permission changes as well as the review of the EPA legislation – hmm….

However, firstly a HUGE congratulations to Canberra City Farm on an awesome day out – what a long way the farm has come and what a great effort to pull off such a fantastic display with food, drink farm tours, farm implements, demonstrations and tours!

The big news this week is of course braided garlic – yum, and sooo pretty too!

In addition the broadbeans are starting to boom, we have loads of salad mix, stir-fry greens and other lovely discoveries in the garden.

We’ll have fresh, pastured, organic pork (and hopefully some pork tasters at all markets), plus fresh pastured Chicken from Hillside farm, along with a range of organic grass-fed beef.

We’re trying to keep up with the Kombucha, it’s in high demand, but we do have loads of herbal teas as well as chicken, beef and vegetable stock.

The duck and chicken eggs are also in high demand, but we just have to take what nature gives us (and we’ll bring them to the markets too)…

Soooo… come along and check out what we have this week at:

  • Queanbeyan Farmers Market, Crawford Street, 3-6pm Thursday
  • Bungendore Farmers Market, Butmaroo Street, 9-12noon Saturday
  • Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College, 8-11.30am Sunday



Go Garlic, Go!

Thank you to everyone who came and helped to process and braid garlic on Tuesday, we had a wonderful day and there are some pictures to prove it!

We’ll be at the market equipped with braids and loads of fresh garlic this week.

We still have 6 final rows of the ‘turban’ variety to harvest, so we are having another garlic harvesting party on Tuesday November 27 starting at 8am, all are welcome – we’ll show you what to do…

Following that, there are braiding demonstrations at both the Bungendore Farmers Market on Saturday 2 December and the Queanbeyan Farmers Market on Thursday the 7th, so come along and we’ll show you how to do your own braiding – bring your own garlic or purchase some from one of the producers at the market.





From Caroola This Week

What a week it was last week at Queanbeyan, and we are looking forward to tomorrow too!

We’re in the midst of garlic harvest, raising ducklings, planting out seedlings and more…

This week we will have Fresh Organic Pastured Pork, literally just picked up from the butcher in the last few hours:

  • Preservative and Gluten Free Sausages
  • Pork Mince
  • Loin Chops
  • Butterfly Chops
  • Pork Belly
  • Spare Ribs
  • Trotters
  • Roasts and more…

We’ll be doing sausage tasters at the markets this week!

Duck eggs and Chicken eggs will be available plus a range of stocks, broths and herbal teas.

From the garden:

  • Garlic – yep, nice crispy, fresh stuff!
  • Spring Onions
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Kale
  • Silverbeet
  • Broadbeans

and whatever other tasty morsels we can find!

We’ll be at:

  • Queanbeyan Thursday 3pm-6pm
  • Bungendore Saturday 9am-12noon
  • Southside Sunday 8am-11.30

See you there!!


Garlic harvest in full swing!

So, the time has come for the great garlic harvest!

The soil is wet and more rain is forecast, but there is not a hope we’ll have it all out of the ground this week.

We’re having a garlic harvesting party on Tuesday 21 November – starting at 8am. All welcome, bring yourself, pack a lunch, hat and whatever else you choose.

We need as much help as we can to get the garlic out of the ground and ‘processed’ (don’t worry, we’ll show you how).

What’s in it for you? Being a part of harvest on the farm, chatting to others and learning about garlic – mostly this is an ‘in the shed’ job and we are sitting down…

Let us know if you want to join us, or, if you decide last minute then just turn up, there is heaps to do for everyone…

Wet, Wet, Wet :-)

Yay, a whole day of rain – 47.5mm and the garden swales are full.

With the NEW Queanbeyan Farmers Market this Thursday, we are getting ready this week for a double harvest of:

  • Broadbeans
  • Fresh garlic
  • Salad mix
  • Stir-fry greens
  • Silverbeet
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Kale
  • Leek and Spring Onions

We’ve done up a new batch of Chicken Stock and Apple Cider Vinegar.

We have Caroola Farm Chorizo and Bratwurst in hand and will be doing tasters at the markets, so come on down and find us – plus we have organic, pastured pork mince and gluten and preservative free sausages.

On the beef front we’ll have a full range of organic grass-fed beef including sausages, mince, steaks, diced beef and more.

And we’ll have chicken from Hillside Pastured Farm too…


New Queanbeyan Farmers Market launches this week

We are excited and we hope you are too – see you this Thursday at the new Southern Harvest Farmers Market at Queanbeyan

Weekly on a Thursday, 3pm-6pm
Crawford Street, Queanbeyan

There has been a huge response from stallholders and also consumers, excited to see a regional mid-week market starting in their area.

Caroola Farm is one of the founding stallholders and we’ll be there with fresh, organic pastured pork, fresh organic grass-fed beef, Hillside Pastured Farm Chicken plus, duck eggs, chicken eggs, kombucha, a fresh batch of apple cider vinegar and loads of garden greens.

Get in quick so you don’t miss out!

We’ve also had fantastic support from Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council.

For more information visit the Southern Harvest Website

Supported by

Canberra City Farm Open Day 19 November 2017

Canberra City Farm Education Centre Open Day and Launch.

Local community group Canberra City Farm is officially launching their education centre in Fyshwick as part of their Open Day being held on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Canberra City Farm signed a 10-year licence agreement with the ACT Government in October 2015, to establish a community-run Education Centre at a site on Dairy Road in Fyshwick.

“The Canberra City Farm Education Centre has demonstrations of how people can grow and enjoy healthy foods, it shows options for sustainable living, and it creates social events that bring the community together,” said Canberra City Farm President, Keith Colls.

“We are also working with local farmers, education institutions like the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Solutions, businesses like Global Worming and Home Grown Me, and a range of other community groups to create a space for people to learn and share knowledge”.

Since work started on the site in October 2016, the Canberra City Farm has established community garden allotments, demonstration garden beds, a cob pizza oven, natural building roundhouses, a herb spiral, greenhouses that are growing seedlings, a commercial kitchen, worm composting and work is underway to establish market gardens and to raise and breed a variety of heritage breed chickens.

“This centre is providing training and education on food production and options for sustainable living,” said Mr Colls.

“And all of this is being complemented by regular practical education and working bee opportunities for the community to engage in.”

The Canberra City Farm Open Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday 19 November 2017. There will be hourly farm tours, free pizzas cooked in the cob oven, herbal teas and scones, chooks and kids activities, demonstrations and talks on how to make a rocket stove, wicking beds, solar cookers and ovens, bees, stalls of other local groups, and much more.

For more information about this initiative visit

Are you loving the rain? We are!

Spring is always great, moving away from the freezing overnight temperatures and basking in the sun, but a bit of rain to help give it a kick start is always a good thing.

We’ve had small amounts of overnight rain in the past few weeks that the garden was thirsting for – yay! The Potatoes are taking off (no, not ready yet by a long shot, but we are mounding them), and this week we are planting out more pumpkin plus the tomatoes and basil!

The garlic is busy throwing up scapes, which we harvest for two reasons:

  1. they are really yummy
  2. it helps the garlic put its’ energy into bulb development

So come on down to the markets and pick up a bunch of scapes for a very seasonal flavour sensation.

Read more on how to use garlic scapes…

More things from the garden this week – everything certified organic:

  • Broadbeans
  • Turnips
  • Kale
  • Silverbeet
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry greens
  • Leeks
  • Chicken and Duck Eggs

Plus we’ve made up a new batch of Vegetable Stock plus more Kombucha which is in high demand.

On the meat front this week we’ll have fresh organic pork with a focus on sausages and mince, plus a huge range of fresh organic beef cuts – oh and of course fresh Hillside Pastured Chicken.

Orders for Pastured Organic Turkeys for Christmas are coming in thick and fast so get in quick if you don’t want to miss out. These are likely to be in the order of 5-8kg dressed weight and are $25/kg. Alternatively we are also taking orders for Pastured Chicken for Christmas if you are after something smaller. Order online.

Regional Produce Boxes via Southern Harvest

Launching with the Summer Season 2017-2018

Get your fresh local produce straight from the region.

Sign up now to the new  produce box being coordinated by Southern Harvest and supported by Canberra City Farm. Available for collection in Bungendore, Queanbeyan and Canberra.

We’ll provide to you on a seasonal basis (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring) 13 weekly $30 fruit and vegetable boxes – plus we’ll have other options for purchase and inclusion online such as eggs, honey and bulk goods on a weekly basis (stay tuned).

We are working toward a multi-farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to deliver this produce. Community Supported Agriculture is a system that directly connects local farmers with local consumers. As a customer you purchase in advance a share of a farmers’ (or group of farmers in this case) produce and then receive your fruit and vegetables as they are harvested. This forms a network of individuals who agree to support one or more local farms. Both growers and customers this way share the ups and downs of food production.

How does this work?

The total cost of each 13 week season is $550 ($35 per week). This is made up of $30 going directly back to farmers and $5 processing fee for each box which is a transparent way to ensure that farmers are paid fairly for what they produce.

How to collect?

Your produce box will be available for collection at your designated collection point starting from the first week in December. Choose from:

Signup now

Queanbeyan Farmers Market Thursdays 3-6pm from 9 Nov

NEW Queanbeyan Farmers Market

Southern Harvest Farmers Market at Queanbeyan
Commencing on the 9th of November
Weekly on a Thursday, 3pm-6pm
Crawford Street, Queanbeyan

Southern Harvest is excited to announce it’s second truly regional farmers’ market for this area and Caroola Farm will be there, come on down and check it out!

All market produce being sold will be grown or made by the stallholders selling it and within the local region.

There will be a range of fresh vegetable, fruit, eggs, dairy, honey and meat producers; as well as value added products such wine, olive oil, preserves, frozen meals, breads, cakes and confectionery.

For more information contact

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On-Farm Produce

We finally have enough produce available to supply direct from farm again.

We have new, and hopefully convenient, hours for on-farm produce sales from our small self-service display area…

Open: 3pm to sunset Fri, Sat, Sun

Just drop in, 200m off the highway

9074 Kings Hwy, Mulloon

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

We’ll have a selection of on-farm produced vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs and preserves.

Farm tours by appointment

Please note that we are currently not able to sell meat via retail from the farm due to council however if you would like to purchase meat please let us know what you are interested in and we can make alternative arrangements.

Spring Harvest Boxes from Caroola Farm

Our Harvest Boxes are back on the menu… Valued at $30 or $60 each

If you would like to order a Harvest Box, please do so before 2pm on Fridays and let us know your best collection point. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll include a selection from seasonal produce (including but not limited to the list below)

Heading past? Our produce is available for purchase 7 days a week- so stop on by for our range of seasonal produce, preserves, herbs and home made cool drinks.

Harvest Boxes available by order before 2pm on Fridays.

This week we’ll have a selection of:

In season during Spring at Caroola Farm :

  • Rocket $3/bag
  • Baby Kale $3/bag
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag
  • Leek $1 each or bunch
  • Russian and Cavalo Nero Kale $3/bunch
  • Brocollini $3/bag
  • Young Garlic $3/bunch
  • Collard Greens $3/bunch
  • Chicory $3/bunch
  • Herbs $2-3/bunch
  • Plus other surprises that we may be able to sneak in depending on availability (carrots, beet, turnips, salsify)

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $4
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable, Beef and Chicken Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Blackberry, blueberry, strawberry)

Plus we have Pastured Chicken (from Hillside Pastured Farm), beef, pork and lamb available to order as a mixed meat box.

Order your boxes from our online shop

20% off frozen meats this week only.

We have to make room in the freezer, so this week is your lucky week with 20% off frozen beef and pork.

At the markets we’ll have organic Grass-Fed Beef and Pork plus Pastured Chicken and loads of organic garden greens

  • our famous salad mix
  • rocket
  • bok-choy
  • stir-fry greens
  • silverbeet
  • brocollini
  • collard greens
  • red and yellow chard
  • chicory, plus
  • turnips and radishes and a few more surprises….
  • duck eggs
  • chicken eggs

We’ve brewed up a new batch of kombucha on rooibus tea and have a limited selection of preserved garlic scapes left – hoping that we’ll have fresh scapes sometime very soon!

We also still have beef, chicken and vegetable broths to add organic flavour to your cooking.

We had a lovely farm tour and produce tasting afternoon on Saturday as part of the Fair Food initiative – it was great to see so many bringing children along to learn and see too. The farm looked green for about a week with 13mm of rain, but we are waiting for more to come – hopefully tomorrow!

The final weekend of the Southern Harvest Permaculture Design Certificate course was held as well, at Canberra City Farm – welcome to all the new permies out there 🙂

We are really looking forward to being part of the Annual Food Sovereignty Convergence this year as it is being held in Canberra and encourage all of you to come along – whether a farmer, retailer or a farmers friend 🙂 Looking forward to lively discussions about Food Sovereignty in Australia.

Food Sovereignty Convergence comes to Canberra 23 and 24 October

Annual Food Sovereignty Convergence to be held in Canberra October 23-24

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) will host the annual Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra on the 23rd and 24th of October 2017 at the Burrungiri Cultural Centre.

The convergence will provide an opportunity for attendees to debate, share stories, analyse, strategise and plan towards building a fair food system for all Australians.

Held as an extension of Fair Food Week 2017, the Food Sovereignty Convergence will attract farmers, consumer advocates, right to food activists, urban agriculturalists, educators, communicators & innovators, and is open to anyone who sees themselves as part of Australia’s food sovereignty movement.

The Food Sovereignty Convergence is run as an ‘un-conference’, allowing sessions to be determined democratically on each day and to encourage participation from attendees, as well as broad and inclusive discussions around the measures needed to promote Fair Food.

Topics up for discussion this year include issues around genetically modified (GM) technologies in agriculture, the impact of regulation and planning schemes on small-scale farmers, hunger activism and the ‘right to food’, and food sovereignty at a global level.

In addition to the un-conference agenda, the closing of the first day of the convergence will see Bruce Pascoe discuss reconciliation of First People’s land management with the new movement of regenerative farming. Following this, a potluck dinner, for which separate tickets can be purchased, will be held on the Monday night at Canberra City Farm.

Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm, the Southern Harvest Association and AFSA Secretary, has said “Food Sovereignty should be important to all Australians. It represents one’s ability to choose who and where they buy their food from and in the case of farmers, to produce food that is a reflection of our deep understanding of how the land, animals and people are all interconnected.

The Food Sovereignty Movement and its allies advocate for size-appropriate legislation that is reflective of the true nature of small-scale, ethical farming operations. Coming together to discuss, plan and envision the ways in which we can strengthen the movement will allow farmers, eaters, legislators and everyone interested in Food Sovereignty to come together to connect over shared ideas and productive dialogue.”

This year, Bruce Pascoe is set to highlight the importance of events such as the Food Sovereignty Convergence in recognising the impact of First People’s land management practices, and how the future of farming could look if we work with the First Peoples of Australia to utilise their ‘grossly undervalued’ knowledge to improve farming systems in this country.

“Imagine re-educating the nation and utilising the two major crops of Aboriginal Australia: yams (as well as other root vegetables) and grains. All of these plants were domesticated by Aboriginal people and these are the plants which offer the most exciting prospects for farming today.”

Tickets for the 2017 Food Sovereignty Convergence can be purchased via the AFSA website or the Try Booking event page.

Farm tour, good selection of meat and greens, greens, greens

This week is Fair Food week and there are lots of activities on all across Australia – just one of them is the farm tour we are running on Saturday afternoon. It looks so far to be a small group, so there will be plenty of time for questions…

As an extension of Fair Food week we encourage you all to join us for the Australian Food Sovereignty Convergence being held in Canberra this year on 23 and 24 October – sure to be a great few days and Bruce Pascoe is joining us for dinner.

With the ups and downs in weather and a little rain here and there, the greens in our garden are really in full swing – but, sadly, not much else just yet. This means loads of:

  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • Stir-fry greens
  • Salad mix and
  • Chicory

And it’s always fresh as a daisy at the markets, so come on down and join us in Bungendore on Saturday morning or Canberra College on Sunday.

The ducks and chickens are doing well so we should have a good supply of fresh eggs and a range of lamb, beef, pork and chicken – what more do you really need?

We’ve been potting up dozens of tomatoes, pumpkin and celery, plus planting out into the forest garden and adding diversity belts to the market gardens.

The broad beans are flowering, the garlic is looking good (due for harvest in November) and the weeds are having a party too!!