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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

Australasian Permaculture Convergence 2018 Bookings and Submissions open now

Convergence tickets

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

Get in quick to take advantage of our early-bird discount for the first 100 tickets.

Call for participation APC14

Would you like to be involved in APC, organise a workshop, make a presentation and give your contribution? We need you to make APC a great event! Submissions are now open.

The APC 14 organising committee extends an invitation to all permies, young and old, experienced and just starting out to share ideas, passions, experience, stories, creativity and commitment to a better world through permaculture at APC 14 in Canberra.

Presentations, panels, workshops, activities, performance, posters, video, art work, permaculture designs (see below) and any other forms of expression on all aspects of permaculture are welcome.

These are just some of the suggestions for presentations for APC – what’s yours?

  • 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

Make your submission now

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

Sorry!!!!!

 

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 www.braidwoodgarlic.com.au 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. www.southernharvest.org.au

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)southernharvest.org.au

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

Woohoo!

 

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…

Whew!

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

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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 www.ccfarm.org.au.

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 markets@southernharvest.org.au

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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!!

 

Help secure the future of free-range farming in Victoria

Victorian Government Welcomes Feedlots and Rejects Free Range Pigs & Poultry

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is deeply disappointed at substance of the proposed new planning provisions from the Victorian Government’s work on Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries. Despite our efforts to assist Agriculture Victoria and the relevant ministers in understanding the practical realities of small-scale livestock farmers, the draft graduated controls don’t appear to reduce red tape for small-scale commercial farmers, nor homesteaders or hobbyists, and yet they make it easier than ever before to set up a 1000-cattle feedlot.

“It’s completely bizarre,” said AFSA President Tammi Jonas, a small-scale pastured pig and cattle farmer from Victoria. “The proposed new controls would mean that farms like mine with 12 sows and 2 boars, so about 100 pigs on 10 hectares of our 28-hectare farm at any time, would have to apply for a permit just like those with 1,000 pigs in a shed, and yet the farmer next door could put up to 1,000 cattle in a feedlot right up to our fence line without a permit nor a buffer. Whose interest does this really serve?”

Under the proposed new provisions, a hobbyist poultry grower could have up to 200 birds without a permit, but a 50m setback from dwellings on another property would apply. The next level, allegedly designed to better enable low-risk small-scale pastured livestock production in the Farming Zone, only allows up to 450 birds and requires a 100m setback – a prohibitive requirement on smallholdings that may be only 100m wide in some cases. For pigs, the ‘streamlined application process’ would only apply to farms with up to 8 sows and 1 boar plus ‘only’ their progeny, ruling out buying in new breeding stock to maintain genetic diversity, a real concern for the heritage breeds movement.

“This is a system designed to encourage huge intensive poultry farms and make it much harder for small scale, sustainable farms. It means that small farmers will yet again have to wade through huge amounts of red-tape – just the same as large-scale intensive farms. It’s just not viable,” exclaimed award-winning pastured poultry farmer Bruce Burton of Milking Yard Farm.

Small-scale farms would now become classified as Broiler Farms and be subject to the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009. This means small growers with 500 broiler chickens spread across 20 hectares will be treated the same as farms with 500,000 birds in sheds.

The scheme fails to take account of the stocking density.

The scheme allows large intensive shed farms to add free range outdoor areas without any restrictions at all. It allows these farms to add 150,000 chickens to a range area without any of the restrictions placed on a small farmer with 500 chickens.

AFSA met with Agriculture Victoria prior to the public release and conducted a survey of small-scale livestock growers, sharing the 80 responses with the Department that showed how out of touch the stocking rates for streamlined applications were. We highlighted the regenerative practices many of these farms pride themselves on, such as frequent moves of animals, mobile housing and feed infrastructure, and a focus on maintaining pasture year round.

We are mystified at how poorly the draft planning provisions acknowledge the actual risks to environment and amenity presented by our members’ farms. The proposal to allow cattle feedlots of up to 1,000 cattle in the Farming Zone without a permit nor a setback from neighbours, while 100 pigs or 450 poultry in highly mobile systems trigger the notice and review process, suggests that there may not merely be ignorance of small-scale farming systems, but something more sinister at play.

We call on Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to explain why small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms are to be subjected to greater scrutiny and compliance costs than cattle feedlots, instead of being treated under the law like other grazing systems that rely on supplemental feed such as the majority of Victorian beef and dairy cattle.

Sign the petition here

Fresh, Organic, Pastured Pork plus Pork Crackling, greens and eggs

This weekend we’ll have Fresh, organic, pastured pork including:

  • Mince
  • Sausages – yum!
  • Loin chops
  • Roasts
  • Trotters, Heads and more

In the freezer we still have some fabulous cuts of beef and lamb, plus we’ll have fresh chicken from Hillside Pastured Farm.

We’re cooking up some pork crackling for treats and the garden is producing:

  • Salad greens
  • Stir-fry greens
  • Turnips
  • Brocollini
  • Silverbeet
  • Chicory
  • Collard Greens and more

We’re making up a new batch of kombucha and the Chickens and Ducks are laying well!

See you at The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday or Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College on Sunday.

Email us if you are looking for something special 🙂

We’ve been busy this week planting out loads of greens in the garden, plus having a visit from ANU students keen to learn about sustainable agriculture who helped us plant out support species in the Forest Garden.

Fresh Organic Grass-Fed Lamb and Beef a feature at the Bungendore Car and Bike Show

This weekend is the Bungendore Car and  Bike Show

On Saturday the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore will be moving to the Anglican Church Grounds on the corner of Butmaroo Street and Gibraltar Street (about 50m down Butmaroo from where we normally are).

We will have a full range of fresh, organic lamb plus beef and we’ll be cooking up a sausage sizzle on the BBQ. Come along and join a great day out in Bungendore.

For those of you still around in Canberra on the weekend, we’ll be at the Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College as usual.

We’ve been working hard in the garden (well, Emilie and Yoann have, while I’ve been busy putting together a grant application for the Bungendore Harvest Festival), we’ve been finishing off the green manure for the tomatoes, planting out more seedlings, rescuing the seedlings from vermin in the polytunnel and now planting out more potatoes and alliums.

The garlic is coming up a treat (due for harvest in November) despite the Cockatoos finding a small patch.

And, it is school holidays of course, so we have extra mouths to feed, but extra hands on deck!!

The garden greens are taking off, so we will have an abundance of salad mix, stir-fry greens, silverbeet, kale and more.

The ducks are laying well so we should have a good stock of eggs too!

Loved the little bit of rain we had last night, and now what a beautiful day!

 

Yummy Pastured Chicken and Georgeous Grass-Fed Organic Beef – plus veggies of cours

This weekend we’ll be at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore 9am – 12noon, plus Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College.

Come and stock up on Yummy pastured chicken and Georgeous grass-fed beef – loads of cuts perfect for BBQ (it will be hot this weekend), stir-fry and roasting.

To accompany this, we’ll have a good range of garden greens:

  • Salad mix
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet

and more…

We’ll have refreshing blackberry, blueberry, prickly pear and turmeric and ginger kombucha, plus our famous organic beef, chicken and vegetable stocks.

Get those frittatas, quiches or scrambled eggs going with organic chicken and duck eggs!

Join us at the market and let us help you stock up for the long weekend.

Poultry Orders for Christmas now Online

We’ve made it simple for you to order your Turkey, Duck or Chicken for Christmas this year.

Just go to our online shop and pay a deposit with the balance due on collection – full details of sizes and pricing are available for each item.

Fresh, pasture raised, organically fed Turkeys, Chickens and Ducks available from 22 December. A $25 deposit per bird is required and the balance payment based on the weight of the produce.

Turkeys Small (5kg)/Medium (6-7kg)/Large (8kg+)  ($25/kg)

Chickens Small (up to 1.8kg)/Medium (1.8-2kg)/Large (2kg+)  ($18 /kg)

Ducks Small (up to 1.8)/Medium (1.8-2kg)/Large (2kg+)  ($25/kg)

Collection is either:

  • Saturday 23 Dec at Southern Harvest Farmers Markets in Bungendore
  • Sunday 24 Dec at Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College

Order now at our online shop

Springing into farm produce this week

This week from the farm we have FRESH, organic, pastured yearling beef including:

  • Sausages, Mince, Steak, Osso Bucco and  Diced

We also have available FRESH chicken from Hillside Pastured Farm including:

  • Whole, Liver, Breast, Wings, Thighs, Drumsticks, Necks, Feet and Frames

PLUS, Pastured Pork cuts of Loin Chops and Belly.

From the garden we have loads of greens:

  • Rocket
  • Salad mix
  • Chicory
  • Kale
  • Brocollini
  • Collard Greens
  • Silverbeet
  • Young Garlic
  • Daffodils
  • AND Duck and Chicken Eggs

From the pantry:

  • Chicken Stock, Beef Stock, Vegetable Stock, Herbal teas

Volunteers on the farm

We welcome Emilie and Yoann from France to the farm, they’ve only been here just over a week but are already getting into the swing of things.

Planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, collecting eggs, attending markets and more.

We’ve moved the worm farm, fixed the polytunnel, weeded garden beds, planted potatoes and loads, loads more.

In their spare time they love making soap, kombucha, kefir and also going hiking – plus they are great cooks to boot.

 

 

 

 

Food Sovereignty Convergence, Canberra 23 and 24 October

Food Sovereignty Convergence

 
Join us in Canberra on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th October 2017 for two days of debate, stories, analysis, sharing, strategising and planning, all in the cause of building a fair food system for all Australians! Farmers, consumer advocates, right to food activists, urban agriculturalists, educators, communicators, innovators – whoever you are, wherever you’re from – if you see yourself as part of Australia’s food sovereignty movement, this is for you! 

Food sovereignty asserts the right of peoples to nourishing and culturally-appropriate food produced and distributed in ecologically sound and ethical ways, and their right to collectively determine their own food and agriculture systems. 

Special Evening Events

Sunday night, we will gather at local restaurant A. Baker, sharing seasonal food and drinks and meeting with our hosts for the next few days. This is a self-funded dinner/drinks.

On Monday night, Convergence attendees will gather at Canberra City Farm for a potluck dinner. Tickets are also sold separately for this event. The evening will begin with a tour of Canberra City Farm followed by the main event: Bruce Pascoe, author of the acclaimed Dark Emu, and regenerative farmer Tammi Jonas discussing ‘how we can reconcile indigenous land management with the new movement of farmers’ regenerative land management’. And then we will delight in feasting, potluck style!

Monday/Tuesday Unconference

The Food Sovereignty Convergence will begin on Monday with a discussion on indigenous food sovereignty and land sovereignty led by Ngambri man Shane Mortimer. We will then move into a discussion about the global food sovereignty movement led by AFSA President Tammi Jonas, who has recently returned from the VIIth International Conference of La Via Campesina (the international peasant farmers’ movement) and meetings of the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN.

The majority of Monday and Tuesday will be MC’d by Alex Bayley in unconference style – How does this work?

Early in the day, we will have an unconference scheduling period where people can propose sessions.

Proposed sessions will be scheduled using large post-it notes on the wall, and facilitators will help ensure that sessions have as little overlap or conflict as possible.  Sometimes, two sessions may be combined together if the topics are similar.

At the end of the day, we’ll come back together for a closing session to gather feedback and talk about what we’ve gained from the day’s activities.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for both days of the Convergence so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements via email at admin@australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday afternoon, details TBC.

Carpooling & Billeting

We are endeavouring to help organise carpooling and hosting in order to get as many food sovereignty advocates to the event – to do this we need your help! Of course.

If you can offer a lift or need a lift please head to the Carpooling page https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/79syma

If you can offer to host another attendee or are in need of a place to sleep please head to the Hosting document https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ieyPLUrw3vnaVPnwNlRYdOXo1HsP_Xmq4F9KomH0uvc/edit#gid=1269357516 Add to the “hosting” tab if you are able to host, or add to the “I need a host” tab if you need a place to sleep. You will find the tab options at the bottom of the page.

 

This event is not a fundraiser, however, you’re welcome to donate to the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance’s Legal Defence Fund when you purchase a ticket.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Book now

23 and 24 Oct 2017 09:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location

Burringiri Culture Centre
245 Lady Denman Dr Canberra Central ACT 2602

Pastured Organic Turkeys for Christmas

We know, we know it’s only September, but that’s how long it takes to grow Turkeys out in time for Christmas.

This year we’ll have limited numbers of Turkeys, so, again – first in, best dressed as they say 😉

We encourage you to think now about your Christmas fare, and to submit an online order (below) if you’d like to reserve a  Pastured Turkey for this Christmas. We’ll ask you to confirm your order by making a deposit of $25 per bird.

Not looking for Turkey but want something special? Pastured Chicken and Duck will also be available for pre-order too. Same deal, a deposit of $25 per bird is required to confirm you order.

Turkeys will be available for collection on Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th of December from Bungendore or Southside Farmers Markets. We are unable to deliver further afield.

Order here

On The Farm

Wow, what wind… hopefully there will still be produce left in the garden to harvest for the weekend…

In the meantime, we know we’ll have Organic, Pastured Pork including:

  • leg roasts, loin chops, belly and spare rib.

Organic, Grass-Fed Lamb including:

  • loin chops and cutlets.

A range of Organic, Grass-Fed Beef

PLUS the last week of whole Sommerlad chicken (then we’ll be carrying the Hillside Pastured Farm Pastured Meat Birds, but there will be no more Sommerlad supply :-(and we’ll also have Pastured chicken portions including:

  • breast, thighs, wings, drumsticks, feet, necks and frames

This week at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market there will be Caroola Farm lamb and pork sausages on the bbq.

And of course, we’ll have a range of greens, preserves and teas.

If you want us to set anything aside for you please email us and let us know.

Fresh from the garden:

  • Duck Eggs
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Brocollini
  • Kale
  • Chicory
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Salad Mix
  • Young Garlic
  • Collard Greens
  • Daffodils

Other Produce:

  • Organic Vegetable Stock/Broth
  • Organic Chicken Stock/Broth
  • Apple cider vinegar made fresh on the farm
  • Blackberry mead vinegar – a perfect addition to salads
  • Garlic scape pesto
  • Pickled garlic scapes (on special this week for $5)
  • Kombucha back including Blackberry and Blueberry – all on a second ferment with locally sourced fruit.

What’s happening on the farm?

With the end of Winter in sight, there is lots of action on the farm, from pruning the roses (productive roses), to planting out seedlings.

The daffodils are in flower, the fruit trees are budding, the wattle is stunning and there is more… The ducks and chickens are laying!!!!

The seeds in the polytunnel have jumped into action, the broadbeans are shooting up, as are the cauliflowers, the garlic, the celery and silverbeet (mostly a while off yet).

The calendula is making a move, the chickens are busy dust-bathing and the bees are in full swing.

We can’t report a huge new variety of produce available this week, but things are certainly looking positive.

From the Farm this week…

Fresh in the fridges this week you’ll find a range of pastured, organic pork! Plus we’ll have Duck Eggs available (pending the arrival of cartons 😉 and a new supply of Vegetable and Chicken Stock.

  • Roasts
  • Loin Chops
  • Diced
  • Mince
  • Sausages (preservative, gluten and grain free)
  • Trotters
  • Heads

If you want us to set anything aside for you please email us and let us know.

We still have organic, grass-fed beef and lamb available including:

  • Beef – Round
  • Beef – T-bone
  • Beef – Rump
  • Beef – Scotch
  • Beef – Porterhouse
  • Beef – Corned
  • Lamb – Loin Chops
  • Lamb – Leg Roasts
  • Lamb – Cutlets
  • Lamb – Mince
  • Lamb – Sausages (yes, amazing we have any of these left we know)

We do have some Hillside Pastured chicken available (frozen)

  • Whole Sommerlad pastured chicken
  • Wings
  • Livers, feet and frames

Fresh from the garden:

  • Duck Eggs
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Brocollini
  • Kale
  • Chicory
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Salad Mix
  • Young Garlic
  • Collard Greens

Other Produce:

  • Organic Vegetable Stock/Broth
  • Organic Chicken Stock/Broth
  • Apple cider vinegar made fresh on the farm
  • Blackberry mead vinegar – a perfect addition to salads
  • New – Tomato wine vinegar – another perfect salad addition
  • Herbal tea mixes- peppermint, rose, nettle, mint, rosehip, hawthorn and more!
  • Garlic in honey
  • Smoked garlic
  • Fermented garlic
  • Garlic scape pesto
  • Pickled garlic scapes (on special this week for $5)
  • Kombucha back including Blackberry and Blueberry – all on a second ferment with locally sourced fruit.

Fair Food Luncheon – Contentious Character

Join us for a fund-raising Indigenous themed, Fair Food Long Table Lunch, Guest Speakers, Games and Auctions at Contentious Character Wamboin on Sunday 15 October 2017

Treat yourself to:

  • Two courses of locally grown and produced food,
  • Matched with a glass of Contentious Character’s lovely cold climate wine,
  • Some of our region’s Fair Food heroes speaking about their food journeys,
  • An exciting auction for amazing locally crafted items,
  • Supporting Southern Harvest Association to assist our local farmers, producers and food industry.

Bookings essential and tickets limited!

Fair Food Dinner – Lark Hill Winery

Join us for a fund-raising evening of

Fair Food, Fine Wine, Fascinating Speakers and Flavoured Favours

at Lark Hill Winery, Bungendore Friday 13 October 2017

Treat yourself to:

  • Five courses of high quality, locally grown and produced food,
  • Matched with Lark Hill’s award winning biodynamic wines,
  • Listen to some of our region’s Fair Food heroes speak about their food journeys,
  • Bid for some amazing locally crafted items in our silent auction,
  • Take home some special gifts from local producers, and
  • Help Southern Harvest Association to support our local farmers, producers and food industry.

Scrumpers Garden and  Lark Hill have teamed up to bring you a truly gourmet Fair Food experience with all proceeds going to the continued work of Southern Harvest Association, supporting fair food in our region.

Bookings essential and tickets limited!

Natural Building – Roundhouse Practical – Canberra City Farm

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 led 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.

Over 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.

What you’ll learn:

  • 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

Bookings essential

Organic Growing – Paddock to Plate

Organic Growing

Paddock to Plate

4th November – Vegetables and 18th November – Animals 10am to 4pm

Want to grow organic produce from your paddock to the plate?

  • Animals?
  • Vegetables?
  • Or both?

These workshops will show you how, from start to finish using organic production methods. From planning and preparing your space, growing from scratch, to harvesting the final produce and all the bits in between.

This workshop series is based on a working certified organic  farm.

Your instructor: Penny Kothe owns and manages Caroola Farm with her partner Paul McKinnon. They have been growing organic fruit, vegetables and animals on the farm since 2012.

Caroola Farm is certified organic under the SCPA Organics peer guarantee system and supplies produce locally via farmers markets, food boxes, through local retailers and direct from the farm.

Penny grew up in Tumbarumba on the western side of the Snowy Mountains and has been around animals and plants all of her life. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, Holistic Management Certificate, Diploma in Organic Farming and Degree in Commerce.

Her passion for growing local food, at Caroola and by sharing knowledge with others, is how these courses came about.

Organic Growing – Vegetable

  • Organic principles
  • Site selection and soil preparation
  • Sowing direct, from seed and transplanting
  • Organic soil amendments and on-site prep
  • Plant health
  • To the plate – harvesting, storage and more

Organic Growing – Animals

  • Organic principles and regulations
  • Animal needs – small and large
  • Breeding, buying or both
  • Farm infrastructure
  • Grazing management
  • Feed and organic supplements
  • To the plate (or not) – meat, eggs or something else

 

                     BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Book online or email education@southernharvest.org.au

for an invoice

Last chance to book in for your life-changing permaculture experience

Permaculture – education for life!

What is permaculture and how can it change your life?

Permaculture is a design science for living systems – it is far from just gardening. Permaculture can be used in all aspects of your life and work and immersing yourself into a 12-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is “one of the most life-changing experiences” you can have.

The upcoming Permaculture Design Certificate course is being run by Southern Harvest Association and is based at Canberra City Farm. The course is being led by Canberra local and long time permaculturalist Daniel Harris-Pascal, along with John Champagne of Brogo and Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm (link to info).

We’ve tried to make it easy for you to join in, so, rather than a straight 12 day course, the course is being delivered over 6 weekends between August and October. Topics include:

  • Permaculture principles, ethics and design languages
  • Sunshine water and trees
  • Soils and sites
  • Garden farming and regernative agriculture
  • Design methods from patterns to detail
  • Permaculture and community
  • View the course outline.

With the next Australasian Permaculture Convergence due to be held in Canberra in April 2018, this might be your last chance to get your PDC before the event.

Permaculture in our region

Permaculture in the Canberra region, is growing, along with the growing interest in sustainability and regenerative agriculture, urban homesteading and community farming and living. There are a number of organisations in Canberra that you can get involved with, and also in the wider region, these are groups that Southern Harvest works with and draw knowledge from to deliver our courses and include Permablitz ACT, SCPA South East Producers, SEE-Change, Canberra City Farm and Urban Agriculture Australia.

Learn from leading permaculture practitioners

This is your opportunity to learn from three of the regions leading permaculture practitioners, and is truly a life-changing experience.  Get to know your teachers before the PDC course begins.

Watch Dan Harris-Pascal’s TEDxCanberra talk “The Forest Gardener”.

See John Champagne talk about his property, Brogo Permaculture Gardens. John shows you how he has implemented permaculture principles to create an abundant food garden in a temperate region.

Listen to Penny Kothe talk about Caroola Farm, her 100 acre mixed organic farm in the Southern Tablelands and permaculture.

Sign up now for our Permaculture Design Course or talk to us about a payment plan – bookings close 9th August!

This week from Caroola Farm

We have had rain – yay – finally. Spring is set to be bumper!

This week we’ve been cooking up loads of yummy things – but the best of the lot is a Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe that one of our regular customers (you know who you are) gave to us – talk about yum, yum and extra yum!

Serves 4 Preparation: 1 hour Cooking: 50 minutes plus 30 minutes resting

Ingredients:1 whole chicken (about 1.5kg), at room temperature,5 whole cloves garlic, plus 2 cloves, chopped,7 thick slices ginger, unpeeled,1 tbsp sesame oil,675g jasmine rice,1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, 1 tbsp light soy sauce,coriander, sliced cucumber and spring onion, to serve

Chilli Sauce: 6 red birds-eye chillies,2 tbsp grated ginger,2 garlic cloves,1 tsp caster sugar,1/4 tsp sea salt flakes,1 tsp lemon juice. Spring onion and ginger oil: 4 spring onions, thinly sliced,2 tbsp grated ginger,1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, 3 tbsp peanut oil. Dressing:1 tbsp sesame oil,2 tbsp light soy sauce

For the full recipe go to: Adam Liew Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe

Fresh in the fridges this week you’ll find a range of grass-fed, organic lamb!

  • Roasts
  • Loin Chops
  • Forequarter Chops
  • Cutlets
  • Shanks
  • Diced
  • Mince
  • Sausages
  • Neck chops

If you want something special you will need to let us know by Wednesday so that we can let the butcher know and set it aside just for you!

We still have organic, grass-fed beef available including:

  • Round
  • T-bone
  • Rump
  • Scotch
  • Porterhouse
  • Mince; and
  • Corned

Again this week, we’ll have Hillside Pastured Farm fresh chicken but they are taking a break from processing next week, so stock up now!

  • Whole Sommerlad pastured chicken
  • Wings
  • Thighs
  • Breasts
  • Drumsticks
  • Livers, feet, necks and frames

Fresh from the garden:

  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Brocollini
  • Kale
  • Chicory
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Salad Mix
  • Bok Choy
  • Young Garlic

Other Produce

  • Apple cider vinegar made fresh on the farm
  • Blackberry mead vinegar – a perfect addition to salads
  • Herbal tea mixes- peppermint, rose, nettle, mint, rosehip, hawthorn and more!
  • Garlic in honey
  • Smoked garlic
  • Fermented garlic
  • Garlic scape pesto
  • Pickled garlic scapes (on special this week for $5)
  • Kombucha back including Blackberry and Blueberry – all on a second ferment with locally sourced fruit.

New Produce This Week

Seasonal eating can be a challenge in the colder months, as we run out of diversity unless we plan ahead (so if you haven’t stocked up on potatoes or passata you’d better get hunting). Whilst we have loads of produce planted, the cold and short days make the growing season long and slow 🙁

However, at home, we still like to keep things simple and make the most of what we have, waiting for the warmer days and longer growing hours in the garden. We’re making loads of one-pot meals with stocks, a little meat and whatever green we can find, with different flavours each time – from Massaman Beef Curry through to Chicken Stir Fry – a lot can be done with a little 🙂

Luckily, a range of meat is available throughout the year, this week we have organic grass-fed beef, with a focus on:

  • mince
  • round steaks
  • rump
  • (and a few extras).

We do have a limited amount of organic, pastured pork including leg roast and loin chops.

We’ll be bringing Hillside Pastured Farm fresh chicken to the market again including:

  • Whole Sommerlad pastured chicken
  • Wings
  • Thighs
  • Breasts
  • Drumsticks
  • Livers, feet, necks and frames

New Produce

  • Apple cider vinegar made fresh on the farm
  • Blackberry mead vinegar – a perfect addition to salads
  • Don’t forget, we’ve made up a whole new batch of herbal teas so come and check them out – peppermint, rose, nettle, mint, rosehip, hawthorn and more!

To get you through those months where it is hard to find fresh local garlic, we have:

  • Garlic in honey
  • Smoked garlic
  • Fermented garlic
  • Garlic scape pesto
  • Pickled garlic scapes (on special this week for $5)

From the garden:

  • Brocollini
  • Kale
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Salad Mix
  • Bok Choy
  • Young Garlic

We have a range of Kombucha back including Blackberry, Peach, Red Currant and Turmeric and Rhubarb – all on a second ferment with locally sourced fruit.

Specials, beef, pork, chicken plus new herbal teas and garlic produce

It’s been a week of bed prepping and planting out alliums (think onion and garlic families). We’ve just had a drop of light rain but more would be welcome!

Our freezers will be full at the markets this week with organic beef, pork, take-home meals and more (like garlic scape pesto  – yum) – plus we’ll have a range of fresh chicken, but get in quick!!

The frosts are hitting the garden hard and the cold weather means growing is slow, but we’ll be bringing a selection of the following:

  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Brocollini
  • Kale
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Salad Mix
  • Bok Choy
  • Young Garlic

We have a range of Kombucha back including Blackberry, Peach, Red Currant and Turmeric and Rhubarb – all on a second ferment with locally sourced fruit.

We’ve made up a whole new batch of herbal teas so come and check them out – peppermint, rose, nettle, mint, rosehip, hawthorn and more!

And to fill that gap between fresh garlic seasons we’ve bottled up fermented garlic, garlic in honey, plus pickled scapes and smoked garlic – a garlic fiesta 🙂

This weekend there is a Southern Harvest local food fireside gathering at the farm at 4pm. For those joining us there will be a short farm tour at 2.30pm for Southern Harvest Members…