Welcome to The Edible Forest, Annette Owen-Mulder and Les Mulder’s organic farm at Wherrol Flat.
We raise cattle and pigs, grow heritage fruit trees and a large range of vegetables. Annette uses the products of the fruit trees and veggie beds to make fabulous jams and preserves. We sell all of these things at local farmers’ markets.
In permaculture, the edible forest is a low maintenance and highly productive polyculture. It overproduces compared to monocultures and contains many different ecological niches, which are all occupied by useful species.
Our Edible Forest is a 56ha (140 acre) demonstration permaculture/holistic management farm 10 minutes out of Wingham, NSW. We are building permaculture gardens and housing, as well as raising a variety of animals.
We have run a number of field days, in conjunction with Manning Landcare, around Keyline concepts and permaculture design.
We aim to use this web site to document the journey we’re on, learning our new trade and building a sustainable farming enterprise.
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It doesn’t look as lovely as our peaches or nectarines but here’s the incredible milk bottle tree! Each one is split and protects a mango. So far only about 80 covered to protect them from hail, flying foxes and anything else that may stop us feasting on mangos and mango delights and sharing with friends. There’s at least a couple of hundred more but it’s unlikely they’ll all be covered. Thanks Donna and the team at Bent on Food for saving the bottles for us.
We really are becoming an edible forest. Last week it was peaches and now it’s nectarines. Despite masses of thinning, the tree was groaning and bent with the weight of its fruit. Yesterday, while weeding, I could smell the fragrance of ripe fruit so Marieke and I started to harvest. We filled a 20 litre bucket just to relieve those branches, leaving heaps more for harvest this coming week. Yes, we’ll have some for sale on Tuesday at the market at Bent on Food plus I’m making some jam with those not quite perfect. We’re supplying some to Donna Carrier for part of the Love Food Hate Waste Food Lovers Feast at Bent on Wednesday evening. Ring to make your booking, we’ll see you there it will be a good night!
Saturday we’ll be at Forster Farmers’ market with our fabulous pasture raised pork, pickles and home made sauces. We’re taking orders for Christmas hams and roasts. They’re going fast so come and see us there or give us a call (see Facebook for number or our website).
Happy Tuesday! It’s market day at Bent on Food today. Pastured raised pork, wonderful avocados, free range eggs and a range of vegies being picked right now. See you there.
There will be fresh peaches, picked from our little peach tree just this afternoon to at our weekly market outside Bent on Food tomorrow. They are sweet and juicy and so so good. Lots of jams, pickles and of course our fabulous pasture raised pork, Ron’s avocados, Tim’s free range eggs and fresh vegies from a few local growers. Come have a coffee and a chat tomorrow. See you there!
Wingham Farmers’ Market is on tomorrow. You”ll find us on the Community Stall with our pasture raised pork. Yes, to those who’ve been asking, we now have more bacon as well as all the usual popular cuts. Time now to put in your orders for Christmas hams, there’s a limited number as we aren’t a commercial operation. A new batch of caramelised apple cider vinegar was bottled this morning plus there’s a new product ( requested by customers), sweet mustard pickle made with cauliflower and other organic vegies. If you haven’t been to Wingham Farmers Market, it’s a lovely market with beautiful and unusual seedlings, fresh veg, great coffee, good food and fresh juice. Also a good place to find some extra special Christmas presents. See you there!
We’re excited to announce we now have bacon again! We’ve done a few different cuts for you to try including stir fry strips and pork fillet as well as the favourite chops, mince, roasts and sausages. It’s time to start ordering your Christmas hams. Get in early as there’s only a limited supply. See you outside Bent on Food tomorrow to stock up on Ron’s wonderful avocados, Tim’s real free range eggs plus large range of wonderful fresh local product. If you miss us tomorrow we’ll be at Wingham Farmers market on Saturday.
A hard day of work on Sunday with Mieke and our French helpxer, Arnaud Lenfant. Now the area between the rear of our home and our containers is almost completely cleared and tidied. Our wonderful Heather and I started on this process some months ago and now it’s looking almost acceptable plus the insulation given to us by our neighbours has been attached to the storage containers making them an even better temperature.
Rain, glorious rain 38mm yesterday. October has now had 69mm more rain than the total for July August and September. Happy farmers
After selling out last week, another batch of caramelised apple cider vinegar and another of sweet chilli sauce are bottled and ready for today’s market outside Bent on Food. Ron will be there with his wonderful Comboyne avocados, Tim with his free range eggs and a fabulous assortment of the freshest veg being harvested as the day breaks. Come shop and have a coffee with us!
December 21, 2016
We had a lovely article written about us in the local paper, the Wingham Chronicle: Christmas leftover recipe Pytt i panna – or translated from Swedish “small pieces in a pan.” This is one...
July 5, 2014
On Saturday the 5th July and Sunday the 6th, Pete the Permie, in conjunction with Manning Landcare ran a series of Heritage fruit workshops at our farm. Topics covered were: Winter vs summer pruning...
June 20, 2014
The July/August 2014 edition of Good Organic Gardening Magazine has a 4 page spread on us and The Edible Forest. Go down to your newsagent and get a copy right now! If you’re one...