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Purple Pear Farm
Purple Pear Farm
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131 Anambah Road, Maitland, NSW, AU
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

Adrian King Alejandro Carrión alex jackson Alexandra Berendt Amanda McLennan andy macey Anji Bergkvist Ben Hamley Bron(wyn) Elliott Carly Gillham Chris Wallis Christine Bauer David Braden David  n Abigail David Perry David Williamson Deniz Ucok Elena Parmiggiani Erle Rahaman-Noronha Fiona Campbell Geoff Capper Gordon Williams Grahame Eddy Hamish MacCallum james croft Jane Gapinski Jean Werk Jeremy Yau John Mackenzie Kate Beveridge Kerri Paine Kevin Evans Leisa Cox Maree Beveridge Marty Miller-Crispe Mary Noggle Mateo Roldan Matt Luthi Matt Morton Michelle Stephenson Nate Meek neil graham Nick Huggins Nickolas Mcsweeney Paul Luscombe Paul Luscombe Pete Blake Rhonda Ayliffe Richard Telford rob durham Sara Zweig Sibylla Foucault Simha Bode Tia Kierath Tristan Black Valeria Andrews Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes Vic Gaffney Victor Barahona Warren Clendenning Willi Paul William Kearns
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Purple Pear Farm

Project Type

Rural, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz

Project Summary

Purple Pear is a biodynamic farm offering food through a Community Supported Agriculture scheme and education in Permaculture, Biodynamics and Skills for Living Sustainably.

Project Description

Purple Pear Farm is located on 14 acres in the Hunter Valley in NSW Australia and was established in 2006 using Permaculture design principles.

The market garden, that supplies more than twenty families with a box of food each week (and growing), is designed along the lines of the mandala garden as described by Linda Woodrow.

We have separate areas with olives, grapes and nuts and are building a food forest across a North east slope around a swale.

Two jersey cows provide milk and milk products such as cheese and yoghurt to the family and workers.

Power is solar with a 2.4 kw array grid interactive.

Composting toilets and reed bed systems are utalized to contain recources.

We offer three PDC's each year with varying formats to suit varying needs. We run an introduction and a foundation course in Biodynamics and we run day and half day workshops on skills for living sustainably. 


Internships with the PDC

Posted about 7 years ago (0 comments)

Three Sisters visit the farm.

I have bean going to squash this corny story but it just has to come out.

Posted over 11 years ago (7 comments)

The water tank stand.

renovation on the propagation house required a new and innovative stand for the tank.

Posted almost 12 years ago (3 comments)

Apologies for tardiness

I have come to realize that I have not shared with you the goings on at Purple Pear for some time.

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Garlic & Onion Harvest

Weather did not suit but we got the crop in and now we ensure it keeps!!

Posted over 12 years ago (1 comments)

Update - No Dig Beds

Thought you may be interested in revisiting the beds as production ramps up. Now and Then Pics.

Posted over 12 years ago (1 comments)

No Dig Beds

The areas at the side of the mandala gardens is bought into production early using the no dig method by Ester Deans.

Posted over 12 years ago (2 comments)

PDC under subscribed

Our Permaculture Design Course for October needs you.

Posted over 12 years ago (2 comments)

Fruit tree guilds

The thirty fruit trees that are part of the Mandalas have a guild including plants and herbs to help them be the best they can be.

Posted almost 13 years ago (4 comments)

polyculture garlic

This is a secondary post on our garlic crop and how we bring it to harvest. I hope to explain in this post about the polyculture in a mono looking crop

Posted almost 13 years ago (5 comments)

Planting garlic

Does your garlic get inundated with rye and winter grass? It can take the shine off a plesent experience. A "trick" I learned some years ago on the PRI forum http://forums.permaculture.org.au has helped us and may help you too.

Posted about 13 years ago (3 comments)

Planting, planting and more planting here at PP

After the extremely hot and dry summer we've had we are taking advantage of the beautiful Autumnal weather to do some serious tree plantings.

Posted about 13 years ago (1 comments)

Our Island in the Sun - revisited

some rain has fallen here at Purple Pear and the duck pond is now filled so we have happy ducks.

Posted about 13 years ago (3 comments)

Supacycled chook house.

A hen house made from the crate that solar panels come packed in - now that is recycling !!!

Posted about 13 years ago (9 comments)

3 Cheeses in 3 Hours.

Skills for living sustainably bought "Cheese Making" and "Keeping a House Cow" to Purple Pear this weekend.

Posted about 13 years ago (0 comments)

Poisonous Zuchinni

Pinched from my post elsewhere this is a warning for those who look on the humble zuchinni as harmless.

Posted over 13 years ago (2 comments)

Biological control of pests.

At Purple Pear we do not abide killing. The control of pests is done with the assistance of beneficials.

Posted over 13 years ago (2 comments)

Our Island in the sun.

We have had plenty of sun lately and very little rain. Turning this to an opportunity was easy. While the duck pond is empty, why not put in a Mollison inspired island. We may even call it Tassie.

Posted over 13 years ago (5 comments)

Land share available.

Do you wish for land to grow food? Would you consider adopting a mandala garden? Do you live in or moving to the Hunter Valley NSW? We may have something for you.

Posted over 13 years ago (0 comments)

Mandala Market Garden

This is for those who know that going around in circles will lead to productivity gains.

Posted over 13 years ago (0 comments)

Animals - a part of the Farm Organism.

So much of what is right about Purple Pear Farm can be traced back to the animals that exert their influences on the farm.

Posted over 13 years ago (1 comments)

Education Programme 2011

These are the topics we will cover at Purple Pear this year. Contact us for more information.

Posted over 13 years ago (1 comments)
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