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!


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:

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, … CONTINUE READING

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:

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:

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 CONTINUE READING

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

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 … CONTINUE READING

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 … CONTINUE READING

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!