Pastured Lamb

IMG_5710Our sheep are Dorpers. We only have a small flock and the lambs are processed at around 6 months to provide tasty, tender young meat.

Challenges: Managing the health of a small flock of sheep without chemical supplement in order to provide organically grown meat.

Solutions: Our sheep are grazed on our 100 acres of primarily native pasture using holistic management practices. This provides them with a constant source of fresh pasture and … CONTINUE READING

Our pastured chickens

IMG_6325At Caroola Farm, our chickens are more than just free range, they are pastured and certified Humane Choice. They are housed in the paddock with mobile chook houses that they may go into if they choose, rather than primarily housed in sheds and let out to roam if they choose…

Challenges: It’s great to have our chickens on pasture, challenges can be limited pasture in times of drought, weather extremes and predator foxes … CONTINUE READING

Introduction to Permaculture, Caroola Farm, 24 and 25 May 2014

IMG_2190Thinking about a tree change? Have a block and don’t know quite what to do with it? Already doing your best but need to know more about sustainable practices?

Join us at Caroola Farm, a working permaculture farm just outside of Canberra. Learn how to design natural systems to grow food, conserve energy and make the most of limited resources. (Just $195 early bird for the full weekend)

This two-day course focuses on … CONTINUE READING

Farm Establishment Series of Courses

The Chick PalaceWe’re incredibly excited to be teaming up with Permaculture eXchange and David Spicer to deliver the following three courses later in the year.

If you’ve done your Permaculture Design Certificate, maybe an Introduction to Permaculture, have an interest in the practical side of managing a property, or have bought a property but really need some practical insight, then these courses are for you!

Farm Fencing Practical 9 and 10 August … CONTINUE READING

Fresh Caroola Produce – next available fresh Friday 4 April 2014

The Chick Palace

IMG_6105For all you fresh produce lovers out there. Caroola Farm’s next batch of organically grown, sustainable, pastured Chicken, Duck and Pork will be available on Friday 4 April 2014.

You can order directly from us for collection or delivery. Find us at Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday 5 April, Northside (UC) in the afternoon on Saturday 5 April, Southside Farmers Market on Sunday 6 April or in-store at Food Lovers Market Bungendore.

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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

Take control of what your food contains

 

Spinach

By Penny Kothe, Caroola Farm

With recent scares (as well as not-so-recent ones) about the chemicals used in agriculture that DO have the potential to end up in your food, what do you do?

Aside from going and doing your own science degree so that you can understand food labelling systems, and being fastidious at ready every label, and not buying something without one, there are a few choices…

The biggest voice we have is our wallets and the only way to stop large companies using chemicals is to choose NOT … CONTINUE READING

Rosehip Syrup

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Well, well, well, the humble rose. I really have to say that I was not convinced of the usefulness, in a permaculture sense, of roses, however, I have found at least three things of use…

1. Good for bees

2. Good for little birds to hide and build their nests in

3. You can actually make useful things with them – rosehip syrup to name just one

4. OK, they smell and look great too…

My lovely friend Lesley White was here to stay for a few weeks, and after a couple … CONTINUE READING

Windbreak tree planting

As part of our overall farm ‘masterplan’ we have a number of tree plantings planned, including the addition of various windbreaks.

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Cold winter winds come from both the North-West and the South-East. With the South-East sector closest to the house, we decided to start there.

Having ordered a number of Casaurina’s (River She-Oak), along with Acacia’s and collected Oak seeds from the streets of Canberra, we set about preparing the ground.

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Without the luxury of finer equipment, the bulldozer came out to make two … CONTINUE READING