Introduction to Herbal Medicine – Sunday 9 Feb 2014

Kristin DayLearn how to use culinary and common herbs as Herbal medicine Increase your understanding of the benefits and science of herbal medicine for nutrition, weight control, allergies and sensitivities, anti-oxidants, using herbs and herbal extracts for therapy and prevention. This course includes practical elements in herb identification, use and application and well as a detailed list of different herbs and their medicinal and other effects. One day course, Sunday 9 February at Caroola Farm $195, or $170 early-bird (for first 10 bookings only)  Course outline:

Caroola Farm Beef now available

IMG_6492Limited stocks of our Caroola Farm Beef are now available at Food Lovers Bungendore. If you miss out, our next lot of freshly processed Free Range, Humane, Locally Produced beef will be available for free delivery to the Canberra Region from February 2014.

Pre-orders are only for full, half or quarter portions. We have limited stock, so order early. A $100 deposit is required and the balance payment based on $15.00 per kg … CONTINUE READING

Meet your Local Food Producers – Twilight Evening

Very excited to be a part of the ‘Meet your Local Food Producers’ twilight evening in Bungendore (at the Food Lovers Market) next Friday 29th with our free range chickens and ducks – heading to Bega midnight Sunday for processing. This is part of our ‘Local Food Initiative’ project to grow resilient local food economies – so if you have excess produce, are great at preserving or preparing food products let me know! MEET YOUR LOCAL FARMERS final

Poultry meat now for sale – yay!

IMG_6105Our poultry are free range, we are breeding chickens and ducks from eggs and aim to breed our own meat birds from scratch in the long term.

In the shorter term, we are raising them from day-olds, putting them in a brooder pen, a grower pen (where they have access to grass) and then a moveable ranging pen.

From just a few weeks they are protected within electro-netting (and also by our Maremma … CONTINUE READING

Spring activities on the Farm

Guilds for the forest gardenWe’ve got a lot done already on the farm, and some good drops of rain to go with it.

Ongoing activities include:

Breeding – sheep, cattle, chickens and ducks

Tree planting – forest gardens, windbreaks, forage woodland belts

Fencing – yes, we are still repairing fences from the bushfire

Animal processing – on-farm for our own consumption.Planting mulberries

What’s next?

More tree planting, yeomans plowing and tree mounding, finishing the polytunnel, paddock remineralisation, systems for holistic grazing, irrigation … CONTINUE READING

Winter 2013 – Preparation, Poultry, Paddocks and Planting

Clearing the forest garden area from burned tree remainsWho said winter was a quiet time on the farm. I have to say we’ve never been busier, preparing, planting and more.

Forest Garden Prep

With many of the trees around the house and old tennis court burned by the bushfire, we set about removing them. We had to use large machinery in many instances, but suffice to say the remaining soil was fairly much … CONTINUE READING

Up close and personal

Our Holistic Management grazing planning has seen us through winter, and now with the grass growing, the cattle and sheep are moving much more frequently. A visit to the paddock today saw a few new additions 🙂

baby lambsTwo very cute looking baby sheep, already bouncing around and trotting after the flock.





We sat and just watched the sheep for a while and the cattle cameCONTINUE READING

Setting up for Natural Bee Keeping

Putting frames into boxesAfter completing a Natural Bee Keeping course in 2012 with Tim Malfroy, and later purchasing a Warre Hive, we’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up and the trees, shrubs and plants to start flowering before setting it out and putting it together.

Step one was coating the hive in wax to protect it from the weather, this just required some heated wax and a few cloths.