Caroola Farm is a family-owned, permaculture-based, organic, and holistically managed farm at Mulloon in the NSW Southern Tablelands (between Bungendore and Braidwood). Established in 2012 with the intention to be a working permaculture and sustainable farm to service the local community. It is operated by Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon.
We provide healthy and nutritious, locally produced and organically grown produce in small amounts from our integrated, holistically managed farm:
- Herbs and Vegetables – seasonally including carrots, potatoes, salad mixes, beetroot, rhubarb and more. We have a range of herbs including thyme, basil, oregano, mint and coriander.
- Fruit and nuts – seasonally including apples, blackberries and raspberries (nuts are further down the track in terms of production)
- Poultry and Eggs – free range Pekin Ducks for meat and eggs, plus Light Sussex chickens. We grow Turkeys seasonally for Christmas. We are also an authorised distributor for Hillside Pastured Poultry Chickens.
- Beef, Pork and Lamb – free range and organically grown on pasture our pork, beef and lamb are available in packaged cuts or as a whole or half side order.
Our produce is available at Southside Canberra College Farmers Market in Canberra, Southern Harvest Farmers Market in both Bungendore and Queanbeyan, and from the farm. Limited amounts of produce are supplied to My Farm Shop and Provisions Grocery and Deli in Braidwood.
Our aim is to heal the land, regenerating it and leaving it in a better place than we first found it, and to produce nutritious and environmentally friendly local food by setting up a range of complimentary enterprises. We are involved locally in permaculture, organic production and holistic management communities.
The farm is, and will always be, a work in progress. Since we just started out in 2012, there is more to do than there will be 5 years down the track, but in another 5 years, we’ll just find more that we want to do, so we’ll never be finished! Suffice to say, each day we make progress!
A bushfire in January 2013 provided us with major challenges, we lost all pasture and fences and have been working hard to rebuild from there. We have established forest gardens, kitchen gardens, a free range poultry system and more…
Caroola Farm believes in transparency, we invite you to the farm, just drop us a line or give us a call first (it is a working farm). Farm tours can be arranged by appointment.
Who we are
Farm Girl (herb and vegetable grower, cook, marketing, research, observation and assisting with larger projects)
Raised in Tumbarumba in the NSW Snowies, then Sydney and later Mudgee and the north coast of NSW. Coming from a farming family with a great interest in gardening, Penny feels right at home on the open spaces of the farm. Penny became interested in studying horticulture, then permaculture and holistic management and is continuing to learn and apply these principles each and every day. She completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in 2012 as well as various courses including Forest Gardens, Natural Bee Keeping, Urban Permaculture and Holistic Management. She has recently completed a Diploma in Organic Farming.
Farm Manager (chickens, pigs, dogs, large machinery, fixing and building things and generally making sure things run to plan).
Raised in Mollymook, on the NSW South Coast, then Sydney and later Mossman in northern Queensland. Paul has always been interested in sustainability and self-sufficiency issues. Paul is inspired by Joel’s Salatin’s Polyface multi-species enterprise models. Paul is incredibly handy at all sort of things, whether it’s learning about and operating heavy machinery to building things and communing with the animals. He has a love of the outdoors and creating a productive environment.
Penny and Paul live in the ‘big house’ on the farm along with their various children at various times of the year. The ‘little house’ or ‘flat’ is used by wwoofers and other volunteers and interns on the farm.
One of our aims is to become a valued part of the local community, helping to produce organic food, connect city people (and others) to the land and encouraging a healthy local community.
We are actively involved with the Southern Harvest Association and SCPA-South East Producers as well as the Bungendore Community Gardens, all local non profit associations connecting sustainable food production across the region.