The Food Forest is one of the best developed and most productive permaculture demonstration farms in Australia. It shows species and systems suitable for the mediterranean climatic zone and teaches short courses about designing and managing them
The Food Forest today is the result of the vision of owners Graham & Annemarie Brookman and functions as a remarkable 15 hectare Permaculture farm and learning centre. From its buzzing biodiversity come over 150 organically grown varieties of fruit and nuts, wheat and vegetables, free range eggs, honey, carob beans, Australian native foods and timber. The
The collections of tree crop varieties represent a unique genetic resource; willingly shared with others wishing to establish sustainable plantings.
When the property was purchased in 1983, it was not much more than a bare barley paddock. Only a few towering River Red Gums remained along the Gawler River from the time the Kaurna Aboriginal people camped in their shade and gathered food from the land.
Today the place is more like a forest and endangered wildlife such as Brush Tailed Bettongs help the goose flock manage the forest floor. Together with thousands of species of insects, birds and other creatures they form the complex and bountiful ecosystem contained within a 1.5 km predator-proof fence.
The heritage-listed homestead was built within the first few years of white settlement of
You can also enjoy our loo-with-a-view, a unique composting toilet and reedbed system which transforms human by-products into reeds for mulching, rich compost for fertiliser and golden bamboo for furniture and structural work. You will see environmentally designed buildings which demonstrate passive and active solar technologies: the WWOOFers ‘Studio’ and its curved garden wall, the “Eco-Gazebo”, the drive-in coolroom, an extension to the over 160 year old homestead and a small gallery, all of which are built using strawbales.
A photovoltaic system of thin film amorphous panels provides electricity to the house and grid; the sun also provides water heating for both the house and the on-farm processing facility.
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