Volunteer Residency Positions Open for Spring 2018 and Autumn 2019

Caroola Farm Volunteer Residency Program Overview

Caroola Farm’s seasonal, full time, 3 month volunteer residencies are NOW available for Spring 2018 and Autumn 2019.

These will be available via an application process with applications accepted for:

Spring 2018 up to 30 July with a decision made by 15 August. The program will run from Sept to December with actual start and finish dates to be negotiated with successful applicants.

Autumn 2019 up to 31 Jan with a decision made by 15 Feb. The program will run from March to June with actual start and finish dates to be negotiated with … CONTINUE READING

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!


Growing Small Farm Business Series 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 20 Aug

Are you…

  • Looking to invest in your own small farm but want to make sure you can make a living?
  • Already have a farm and need some guidance?

This course is for you!

This series of three one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.  Attend all three or just the ones that interest you.

Bookings essential

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own … CONTINUE READING

On the Farm

From 40 degrees to light overnight frosts – whew – probably a typical February!!

Now is when we wish we had a better irrigation system in the garden, but such is life. We do have some excess produce that we are now starting to preserve, including the cucumbers that we have pickled and the tomatoes we have put in the freezer ready for passata making.

Despite the issues with our ‘poultry farming’ we had a win this week with our Food Authority inspection only taking about 15 minutes and passing with flying colours. The Food Authority were slightly astounded at … CONTINUE READING

Why we are here…

Interview with Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm on Regional Voices

In this episode we talk to a truly inspirational woman who shares her story about what it means to roll with the punches and build a thriving farm business from nothing.

Penny Kothe from Caroola Farm on the NSW Southern Tablelands was born on the western side of the Snowy Mountains.  She finished off her schooling in Sydney before working in corporate roles both in Sydney and in Singapore. But the land kept calling and she returned to run a conventional beef farm in 2007.

Life was coasting along … CONTINUE READING

Caroola Farm Open Day, Sunday 3 May, 2015

Our next Open Day is Sunday 3 May from 10am until 4pm. Followed by dinner (limited bookings) of Caroola Farm Produce at Le Tres Bon in Bungendore at 6pm (booking separate and direct with Le Tres Bon on (02) 6238 0662).

We will have a range of guest speakers (yet to be announced) doing short presentations on the hour every hour, plus regional produce for sale from a variety of producers.

Farm tour bookings are essential (tours at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm).

Caroola Farm is a family-owned, permaculture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in the NSW Southern Tablelands. … CONTINUE READING

Take control of what your food contains



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