Forest Garden Workshops at Caroola Farm

We have two exciting Forest Gardens workshops coming up in April 2014 at Caroola Farm – do one or do both!

$450 for both courses, or $225 for one.

Forest Gardens

Be quick for $390 ‘first in’ for both courses (for first 10 students only).

5 and 6 April 2014

Forest Gardening: Creating a Food Forest

Forest Gardening is an exciting method of growing perennial plants that generates abundant yields over time. These systems are designed to mimic the structure and ecology of a forest ecosystem. This means that the different layers of the … CONTINUE READING

Crisp Roast Duck with a Confit of Red wine and Cherries

Just tried this and it was so beautiful, just fell apart J

Ingredients

1kg Pekin duck (or larger)

Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper.

2 cups cherries (fresh, pitted)

1 cup red wine

1/2 cup sugar

Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees C

Method

Use a paper towel to dry the duck, and get it to room temperature before you cook it.

Prepare the duck by wiping it as dry as possible with kitchen paper.Place the duck on a roasting rack in the tin or make a rack yourself by crumpling the kitchen foil and placing it in the bottom … CONTINUE READING

Learn to Grow Yummy Mushrooms – 29 & 30 March 2014

with Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal

29 and 30 March, 2014king-oyster-mushrooms

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

  Why Grow Mushrooms?

They are:

  • Super  delicious
  • Cheap
  • Easy to  grow
  • Abundant

Mycology is an integral component of the natural world!shitake mushrooms

You can grow varieties of gourmet mushrooms in your garden that have a symbiotic relationship with your veggies and make them grow bigger and better than usual!

Eastern cultures have revered mushrooms for thousands of years due associated health … CONTINUE READING

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:

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 penny@caroolafarm.com.au! 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