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Community Owned Farming Opportunity near Canberra

Community Owned Farming Opportunity near Canberra

Samantha Hawker & Scotty Foster from Co Canberra* write:

Caroola Farm is up for sale, Gleanna Meala is up for sale, several other farms are likely to change hands soon.

How can we keep our local organic farms producing when the farmers need to move on and potential young farmers cannot afford to buy in?

Maybe by buying them and operating them ourselves?! Community ownership?

Please spread this far and wide through your networks, we will be assessing the level of interest in 2 weeks time for this project, but will continue working on the model for future farm opportunities.

There are links below to Co-Canberra’s proposal for a Community Owned buyout of Caroola Farm, a commercial permaculture farm near Bungendore.

Please reply to buildafarmcoop@gmail.com if you are interested in any way (invest, loan, farm, help with bringing it together/general business stuff etc)

Caroola Farm Opportunity
Caroola Farm Attributes

*Cooperatives, Commons, and Communities Canberra (Co-Canberra) supports worker cooperatives, community groups and democratic workplaces as a key path to a resilient, locally integrated, locally owned, environmentally beneficial, democratic economic system in the Canberra area, in which economically and socially marginalised communities are supported.

Follow us on LoadsOfR’s plus GoFundMe Campaign

We’re heading on the road, so don’t forget to follow our journey on Facebook at the LoadsOfR’s Page…

LoadsOfR’s is about helping rural and remote people in need. Whether that is farmers looking to take a break, or need short term help, or businesses struggling with finding staff in remote and rural locations.

Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon are setting out in Amber to travel and help others in need. Most recently of Caroola Farm in the NSW Southern Tablelands, the couple have a wide range of skills from farming sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry, vegetables and more, business and maintenance skills, hospitality and more.

The funds will be used to ensure that those really in need are able to take advantage of our labour and knowledge without payment, to contribute to fuel and living expenses which can be large in rural and remote areas.

We’d love to secure funding by the end of the year so that we can start planning our travels, and commit to those who need help in the coming year.

Whilst we are able to part-fund our travels and volunteering, and there is the opportunity to receive in-kind payment or perhaps real income from some of the people we help, in this time of widespread drought we do believe that there are many out there in need of relief, respite, rousabouting, real help and more who just do not have the capacity to pay (we know, we have been there).

We are not asking for donations in exchange for particular things, like a calendar or mug, we are asking for donations from those who want to make a real difference to rural and regional Australia by helping fund us to go and help them – effectively you are putting money into their hands.

Our facebook page: loadsofrs will keep everyone updated on where we are at each step of the way.

Join us to start our journey – the more we can raise the more we can help.

Please share or donate now

Items for Sale

We still have a range of items available for sale individually – see below and/or on our facebook page… Some of these are available right away, others available later…. but they include:

  • New Holland T75 Tractor with attachments
  • Landrover FFR 110
  • Fridge/Freezers
  • Water Tender/Spray Rig
  • Filing cabinets
  • Mincer
  • Microwave
  • Mulcher
  • Crush
  • Beds and side tables
  • Washing machine
  • Dining Table
  • Mirrors
  • Outdoor settings
  • Passata Jars
  • Pushbikes
  • Table stand and bedroom vanity

Garage Clearing Sale Items – Massive

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September

9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon

8am to 5pm both days

Garage Sale Items – we are still working through sorting stuff out, but there are 4 sheds worth plus outside…

Farm Machinery

  • Bird netting
  • Fencing wire
  • Diesel tanks
  • Vet Crush – Eco Boss
  • Tools
  • Rotary Hoe – SOLD
  • Mulcher
  • Chainsaws
  • Chicken House
  • Mig Welder
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Drop Saw
  • Chainsaw sharpener
  • Laser level
  • Air tools – nail gun, rattle gun, grinder
  • Cordless drill
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Dewalt drill
  • Green drill
  • Hitashi 9” grinder
  • Hitashi 4” grinder
  • Hitashi Heat Gun
  • Jig Saw
  • Hudsqvarni chainsaw 435
  • Husqvarna 365 chainsaw
  • Tanaka Fencers Drill
  • Horse Float
  • Karcher
  • Air Compressor
  • Polypipe 25mm
  • Drip lines
  • Hand tools – screwdrivers, wrenches etc
  • Bolts and nails
  • Lick Station – SOLD
  • Troughs
  • Animal Minerals
  • Roofing iron
  • Wheelie Bins
  • Carts
  • Gass bottles
  • Land Rover – 1990 FFR110 ex army – available later
  • Post hole drivers
  • Dog Kennels
  • Rat traps
  • Tarps
  • Jerry Cans
  • Saw horses
  • Ladders
  • Trailers
  • UHF Portable radios
  • Wire mesh
  • Electric fence energisers
  • Fencing wire
  • Augers – SOLD

Animals and related equipment

  • Pigs
  • Sheep
  • Cattle
  • Pekin Ducks – SOLD
  • Light Sussex Chickens – SOLD
  • Fox Lights
  • Tramponlines for animal shelter
  • Waterers/Feeders
  • Poultry heaters
  • Poultry netting
  • Innotek pet containment system
  • Castrating tools with bands
  • Dehorner
  • Syd Hill Poley Saddle
  • Poultry brooder lamps

Produce stores

  • Meat
  • Flour
  • Hand sanitisers
  • Egg cartons – new
  • Bio bags
  • Garlic drying racks

Coolroom stuff

  • Display Freezer
  • Stove
  • Display Fridges
  • Chest Freezer
  • Industrial Fans
  • Mincer
  • Meat slicer – SOLD
  • Tomato slicer
  • Butter churner

Preserving stuff

  • Jars and bottles
  • Brewing equipment
  • Apple Press
  • Beer brewing equipment

Furniture

  • Chairs
  • Lounges
  • Coffee tables
  • Cabinets
  • Desks
  • Bookshelves
  • Room divider

Books/DVD’s

  • Fiction
  • Permaculture
  • Gardening
  • Organic

Household Items

  • Coffee Machine
  • Shoe box
  • Girl guide tent
  • Camera Equipment
  • Camping gear
  • Washing machines
  • Ceramic Water Filter
  • BBQ
  • Picnic Basket
  • Outdoor patio heaters
  • Pots and pans
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Electrical
  • Office equipment
  • Aga stove – set up for kero but can be converted to wood
  • Microwave
  • Toasters
  • Fridges/Freezers
  • Games
  • Musical items
  • Bikes
  • Bathtub – new

Gardening

  • Weed matting
  • Garden stakes
  • Tomato stakes
  • Garden cloches – metal spring clip plus insulnet
  • Seedling Trays
  • Coco peat
  • Whipper snippers
  • Shovels, rakes
  • Tomato rounds
  • Gloves
  • Incubator
  • Raised garden beds
  • Lime

Free pile including wood, metal, irrigation offcuts, tables, jars and more

Caroola Farm Meat Sale

Caroola Farm has limited stocks available of Beef, Chicken and Pork.

We are no longer attending markets and will not be processing any more meat.

Order online in advance for Pickup Saturday 1 September at the Southern Harvest Farmers Markets in Bungendore, Butmaroo St. 9am to 12noon.

Order online now

For those interested in purchasing certified organic live animals please drop us a line we have beef, lamb, and pigs available.

We are back this weekend!

After an extended winter break in Birdsville, Mungerannie, across the Simpson Desert, Lake Eyre and The Flinders Ranges, we are back this weekend!

We’ll have fresh chicken, organic grass-fed beef, limited salad greens, brocollini and stir fry mix and loads of Kombucha. We have stocks on the boil but limited available this week.

See you in Bungendore 9am to 12noon Saturday or Southside 8am to 11.30am Sunday!

Fresh Organic Beef this weekend plus more…

Well, we are over the shortest day of the year and we’ll only have more daylight – yay say the plants!

We’ve been incredibly busy prepping beds and planting out the last of the garlic and winter crops in preparation for our winter holiday – our last market will be Sunday 1 July at Southside and we’ll be back on Saturday  21 July in Bungendore – so, if you need Kombucha, Stocks, Beef and Chicken NOW is the time to stock up!

We’re heading north to the Big Red Bash and 22 degree days – yay! Many thanks in advance to our farm sitters who will help look after the animals and vegetables whilst we are away.

This week we’ll have FRESH, Organic Grass-fed Beef, plus Hillside Pastured chicken a small selection from the garden.

  • Gluten free, Preservative free, Grain free Beef Sausages
  • Mince – for great winter warming dishes
  • Diced
  • Osso Bucco – great for broths and slow cooking
  • Steaks
  • Roasts – well, roasting or slow-cooking of course (we’ll have tasters at the Bungendore Farmers Market on Saturday)
  • and more…

See you this weekend

  • Bungendore Farmers Market Saturday 10am-2pm for a special Yuletide celebration – Butmaroo Street
  • Southside Farmers Market Sunday 8am-11.30am – Canberra College

This week in the Kombucha stakes we’ll have:

Pomegranate

Persimmon

Tamarillo – ok really yum!

Quince

Ginger and Tumeric

Blueberry

Raspberry

Persimmon

Plus we have loads of organic vegetable, chicken and beef stocks for all those great winter warmer dishes.

Get in quick for the best selection of Hillside Pastured chicken including whole, thighs, wings, maryland, breast and drumsticks… plus frames for those of you who like to make your own stock!

 

Flavour Sensations from Caroola Farm

With the garden in slow growth time over winter we’ve had time to pull together some new flavour sensations…

This week in the Kombucha stakes we’ll have:

Pomegranate

Persimmon

Tamarillo – who knows, give it a go

Quince

Ginger and Tumeric

Blueberry

Raspberry

Persimmon

Plus we have loads of organic vegetable, chicken and beef stocks for all those great winter warmer dishes.

This week we’ll have Fresh, Organic pastured pork, plus Hillside Pastured chicken a small selection from the garden.

See you this week at:

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

We have a full range of FRESH, organic, grass fed pork available including:

  • Diced – great for those curries
  • Loin Chops – on the BBQ or baked in the oven with roast veggies and fennel – yum!
  • Roasts – well, roasting or slow-cooking of course (the loin roasts are to die for)
  • and more…

Get in quick for the best selection of Hillside Pastured chicken including whole, thighs, wings, maryland, breast and drumsticks…

The fresh veggies are slowing down with the change in season, for the markets we’ll have:

  • Brocollini
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens

 

Beautiful Organic Pork, Pastured Chicken, Stocks and Preserves plus fresh greens

Continued light drizzle… yay!

This week we’ll have Fresh, Organic pastured pork, plus Hillside Pastured chicken a small selection from the garden, but loads of preserves!

See you this week at:

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

We have a full range of FRESH, organic, grass fed pork available including:

  • Sausages – great on any bbq and one of our favourites
  • Mince – the world is your oyster
  • Loin Chops – on the BBQ or baked in the oven with roast veggies and fennel – yum!
  • Roasts – well, roasting or slow-cooking of course
  • Bratwurst – for added deliciousness
  • Chorizo – yum!!! – a bit of spice
  • and more…

We’ve got veggie stock, chicken and beef broth plus loads of kombucha to keep your gut healthy! Herbal teas are also a welcome warmer throughout the winter months.

The fresh veggies are slowing down with the change in season, for the markets we’ll have:

  • Kale
  • Brocollini
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Fresh herbs – bay, fennel and more…

 

Volunteer Residency Positions Open for Spring 2018 and Autumn 2019

Caroola Farm Volunteer Residency Program Overview

Caroola Farm’s seasonal, full time, 3 month volunteer residencies are NOW available for Spring 2018 and Autumn 2019.

These will be available via an application process with applications accepted for:

Spring 2018 up to 30 July with a decision made by 15 August. The program will run from Sept to December with actual start and finish dates to be negotiated with successful applicants.

Autumn 2019 up to 31 Jan with a decision made by 15 Feb. The program will run from March to June with actual start and finish dates to be negotiated with successful applicants.

Caroola Farm is a mixed permaculture, holistic management and organic farm. Our focus is on small scale meat, vegetable, fruit and nut production. We have chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep, alpacas, cattle and maremmas, alongside a market garden, tree systems, wetlands, forest gardens and more…

You will leave your volunteer residency with a working knowledge of the way we run our farm, an operational plan and budget.

We will take you through our business plan and work alongside you in your learning throughout the volunteer residency period. Our work is seasonal, but generally involves the following areas… in hot times there is less planting out and more watering, and in spring there may be more animal activities…

More information and applications

Fresh Pork, Chicken and Change of Season Preserves

Officially the change of season, which can make things scarce in the garden, especially since we’ve only had about a month on Autumn. Finally, 3mm of rain – which does not go far, but better than nil.

This week we’ll have Fresh, Organic pastured pork, plus Hillside Pastured chicken a small selection from the garden, but loads of preserves!

See you this week at:

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

We have a full range of FRESH, organic, grass fed pork available including:

  • Sausages
  • Mince
  • Loin Chops
  • Roasts
  • and more…

We’ve sold out of passata (note to self, plant more tomatoes), but we do ghave beef broth, chicken broth, vegetable stock.

The fresh veggies are slowing down with the change in season, for the markets we’ll have:

  • Kale
  • Brocollini
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Celeriac
  • Leek

To keep your tummies healthy we will have Kombucha right thoughtout winter including Strawberry, Blueberry,  Blackberry and Raspberry. Plus we have a fabulous range of winter-warming herbal teas.

Sustainable Small Farms – in all senses of the word

Do you have a small farm? Do you want one? Do you want to work out how to make it work for you, your family, your finances and the environment?

Our series of small farm workshops start this weekend with Farm Operations on Sunday 3 June, followed by Marketing on 10 June and Finances on 17 June – what you’ll get out of this course is what is required to run a small farm, sell your produce (or other things) and make sure that it all makes sense financially as well as ties in to what you love to do!

Our operations session looks at what is required to run a farm, from a personal point of view as well as infrastructure, legislation, time and more.

Penny Kothe runs and owns with her partner Paul McKinnon, Caroola Farm, which supplies meat, vegetables, fruit, herbs and value added produce into the local communities. Run on permaculutre, holistic management and organic principles, this series will provide you with an insight that few others are prepared to share. Penny is passionate about helping grow the local food community and will help you realise what your passions are as well as providing a realistic insight into small farming realities.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises. Over the course of the series you will understand:

Small Farm Operations Sunday 3 June 2018

  • Infrastructure needs
  • Animal requirements
  • Fruit and vegetable requirements
  • Ways to value add farm produce
  • What is needed in the way of people and skills
  • Legislation that relates to small farms

Small Farm Marketing Sunday 10 June 2018

  • Marketing your produce
  • How to work out what to charge
  • Places you can sell your produce
  • Key areas of promotion you need

Small Farm Finances Sunday 17 June 2018

  • Capital investment
  • Overheads and their impact on enterprises
  • Labour costs and paying yourself
  • Enterprise costs and how to calculate them
  • Which enterprises you should focus on for your own farm

Individual course prices:

Full price $175 Southern Harvest and partner members $155

Course series: $450 when you book for all 3 courses

Bookings essential

About Southern Harvest:

Southern Harvest is a community and business lead not-for-profit incorporated regional food organisation at the forefront of promoting local food production and consumption in the ACT and Southern NSW.

Southern Harvest was established in 2011 to provide producers of regional food in Southern NSW with a united platform to connect with colleagues, suppliers and customers.

Organic Growing – from Paddock to Plate – 2 day workshops

Organic Growing

5th August – Vegetables

and

19th August – Animals

Bookings Essential

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

What you’ll need to bring:

  • Notepad
  • Water bottle
  • Closed in shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Gloves

Course Price:

$300 for both courses or $250 member price

$170 for each course. $150 member price.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a wholesome lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Bookings essential

Fresh Lamb, Passata, Stocks and Broths plus Pumpkin Soup this week

The frosts have finally hit and it is officially the end of the summer fruits (they held on a long time though).

See you this weekend at:

  • Bungendore Farmers Market Saturday 9am-12noon – where we’ll be serving fresh pumpkin soup
  • Southside Farmers Market Sunday 8am-11.30am

We have a full range of FRESH, organic, grass fed lamb available including:

  • Sausages
  • Mince
  • Cutlets
  • Roasts
  • Chops and more…

In the spirit of this cooler weather we’ve cooked up some pantry favourites including passata, beef broth, chicken broth, vegetable stock and we still have a supply of smoked garlic.

The fresh veggies are slowing down with the change in season, for the markets we’ll have:

  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Pumpkin
  • Chicory
  • Celeriac
  • Leek

To keep your tummies healthy we will have Kombucha right thoughtout winter including Strawberry, Blueberry,  Watermelon and Tumeric and Ginger.

Want to grow your own small farm business?`

Are you looking to invest in your own small farm but want to make sure you can make a living? Or already have a farm and need some guidance?

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises. Over the course of the series you will understand:

Small Farm Operations Sunday 3 June 2018

  • Infrastructure needs
  • Animal requirements
  • Fruit and vegetable requirements
  • Ways to value add farm produce
  • What is needed in the way of people and skills
  • Legislation that relates to small farms

Small Farm Marketing Sunday 10 June 2018

  • Marketing your produce
  • How to work out what to charge
  • Places you can sell your produce
  • Key areas of promotion you need

Small Farm Finances Sunday 17 June 2018

  • Capital investment
  • Overheads and their impact on enterprises
  • Labour costs and paying yourself
  • Enterprise costs and how to calculate them
  • Which enterprises you should focus on for your own farm

Your instructor:

Penny Kothe is the owner and operator, with her partner Paul McKinnon, of Caroola Farm. A 100acre mixed organic farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.  Penny has been involved in small businesses of her own, and teaching and consulting with small businesses for over 10 years in both Australia and overseas. Her experiences are brought together with an Holistic Management focus on running a complex yet profitable small mixed farming enterprise.

Course inclusions: Theory and practice of running a small farm including operations, marketing and finances. Course hand-outs, follow up material, morning, afternoon tea and lunch are provided.

Individual course prices:

Full price $175 Southern Harvest and partner members $155

Course series: $450 when you book for all 3 courses

Bookings essential

About Southern Harvest:

Southern Harvest is a community and business lead not-for-profit incorporated regional food organisation at the forefront of promoting local food production and consumption in the ACT and Southern NSW.

Southern Harvest was established in 2011 to provide producers of regional food in Southern NSW with a united platform to connect with colleagues, suppliers and customers.

20% off beef plus loads of Mothers Day Ideas

It’s been a busy few weeks planting garlic, weeding and prepping beds now the temperatures have cooled.

We’ll be at all three markets this week:

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

Stock up on beef this week with our 20% off offer – load up on sausages, mince and slow cooking items.

From Saturday we’ll also have fresh Chicken available at Bungendore and Southside.

Thinking about Mothers Day? Purchase individual items or make up your own produce basket – ideas include herbal teas, stocks and broths, smoked garlic (yum) and of course Kombucha. Or, come and visit us and we’ll help furnish you with the items for a meal to cook for your mum!

On the veggie front, we’ve harvested the following for the markets:

  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix – delish!
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Broadbeans
  • Pumpkin
  • Chicory
  • Celeriac
  • Beets
  • Carrots

Both Beef and Vegetable stocks are now available) Plus we’ll have a good range of chilled Kombucha including Strawberry, Blueberry, Pomogranate, Watermelon

Stock up this week – Queanbeyan, St Mary’s Fair, Permaculture Festival

We have been incredibly busy harvesting for the Australasian Permaculture Convergence and of course the markets – but we have not finished yet.

We also aim to have fresh chicken available from Thursday, as well as fresh Pastured, organic Pork. On Saturday and Sunday not only will we have fresh, organic, pastured Beef and Lamb, but we’ll be cooking up our famous beef sausages at both the St Mary’s Fair (Bungendore 9am-2.30pm Saturday) and the ACT Permaculture Festival (Canberra City Farm, Dairy Rd, Fyshwick 10am-4pm Sunday).

This week we’ll be at:

  • Queanbeyan Farmers Market Thursday 3pm to 6pm
  • St Mary’s Fair Saturday 9am-2.30pm
  • Southside Farmers Market Sunday 8am-11.30am
  • ACT Permaculture Festival Sunday 10am-4pm

PLEASE NOTE that we will not be at Queanbeyan Farmers Market next Thursday 19th April due to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence. We’ll be back at Bungendore on Saturday 21st.

On the veggie front, we’ve harvested the following for the markets:

  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix – delish!
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Leek
  • Kale
  • Broadbeans

Plus SMOKED Garlic is back!

Plus we’ll have a good range of chilled Kombucha including Turmeric and Ginger, Blueberry and Nashi.

 

Fresh Pork plus loads of things to go with it!

We’ll have a full range of FRESH organic, pastured pork this week – sausages, mince, diced, spare ribs, medallions, leg roasts and more…

On the veggie front, we’ve harvested the following for the markets:

  • Radishes – yum, get them while you can
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes (maybe the last)
  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix – delish!
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Kale
  • Broadbeans

Plus we’ll have a good range of chilled Kombucha including Watermelon, Turmeric and Ginger, Blueberry, Blackberry and Nashi.

We’ll have a huge load of beef sausages and other beef cuts in the freezer plus limited chicken stocks 🙂

Have you got the ACT Permaculture Festival in your diary? Sunday 15 April from 10am at Canberra City Farm with Costa, David Holmgren and more!

See you at 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

In season now at Caroola Farm

OK, I take it back it feels like summer again… probably not a bad thing for the Easter weekend.

Farmers Markets that ARE ON this week include the Southern Harvest Farmers Markets in Queanbeyan Thursday 3-7pm and the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 9-12noon. Then we get to sleep in for a whole day as Southside Farmers Market is NOT on this Sunday.

On the veggie front, we’ve harvested the following for the markets:

  • Carrots – Paris Market and Cosmic Purple – yum!
  • Tomatoes (of course)
  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Kale
  • Broadbeans
  • Beetroot
  • Onion

Plus we’ll have a good range of chilled Kombucha including Watermelon, Turmeric and Ginger, Blueberry, Blackberry and Nashi.

We’ll have a huge load of beef sausages, mince and other beef cuts in the freezer plus limited chicken stocks 🙂

In other news – you have only two days to book for the Australasian Permaculture Convergence which is being held in Canberra 15-19 April.

See you at 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

Autumn – finally – we hope

What a blustery and hot weekend we had for the Bungendore Harvest Festival – still, great to see so many people out and about…

Glad it has cooled down now and we’ve had light drizzle for the last few days!

This week we’ll have beef, loads of sausages and other cuts available, plus on Saturday and Sunday we’ll have FRESH Hillside Pastured Chicken – get in quick though as the Southside Markets won’t be on over the Easter weekend (that’s next weekend).

On the veggie front, we’ve harvested the following for the markets:

  • Tomatoes (of course)
  • Potatoes
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-Fry Greens
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Kale
  • Broadbeans
  • Leek
  • Beetroot
  • Onion
  • Garlic

And we have quite a range of Kombucha.

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

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.

Talks

Bio intensive poly cultures (Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch, Wynlen House Slow Food Farm wynlenhouse@bigpond.com) – 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 wynlenhouse@bigpond.com) – 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 www.dynamicgroups.com.au) –  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  www.freshlandscape.com.au)

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 www.bentshedproduce.com.au) – 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 www.tabandyfarm.com)

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 www.facebook.com/The-Purity-Store-1205628406176883/ ) 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 – www.mothergoosepermaculture.blogspot.com.au) – 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 www.hempalliance.org.au) 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 www.facebook.com/StyleByNinaGbor) 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 www.millpostmerino.com) 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 www.canberrapermaculturedesign.com.au) – 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: https://southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/

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.

For more information visit: https://southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/

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 www.southernharvest.org.au and are updated as they become available, or find out more on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BungendoreHarvestFestival

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. www.southernharvest.org.au

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 actpermafest2018@gmail.com 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.

Enjoy!

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 www.southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/  for more information, to sign up for the newsletter or visit the  facebook page at www.facebook.com/BungendoreHarvestFestival

“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 hello@southernharvest.org.au

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. www.southernharvest.org.au

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 🙂