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.
In conjunction with Manning Landcare, we have run a number of field days, around Keyline concepts and permaculture design.
Our aim is 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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Spring is desperately trying to sprung. Already, it’s only August… Shanghai peach in bloom. Early? Maybe, maybe not… . . . #spring #peachblossom #polariser #polarizer #polarizingfilter #polarisingfilter #closeup #closeupphotography #bees #thebeez #pentax #zeiss #zeisslens #zeiss135mm #pollinators #pollination #climatechange
Predawn + crescent moon Living a farm for six years, it can sometimes be a little difficult to find inspiration for photography. With an ironclad routine, seeing the same things day in, day out, I can just stop actually seeing my surroundings. Then last week I got up extra early one morning to feed the pigs, looked outside and went “oh wow”, grabbed the camera and tripod, raced outside to get the shot in minute or two it was going to be be there, set up, got some shots and looked at them on the camera, cursed “what a bloody waste of time”. Finally transferred everything to the computer today and went “oh wow” again. Sometimes you can get lucky. . . . #manningvalley #dawn #predawn #lowlightphotography #nophotoshop #nofilter #pentax #tamron
Have you tried your hand at making San Choy Bau yet? It’s truly worthwhile. Don’t be shy about the ingredients, whatever we don’t have at the market on Tuesday, Don and Judy will have across the road at Granty’s
Annette is looking good in our new promo in the Joey’s cookbook. Look out for it when it comes out. . . . @bentontuesday @bentonfood #wingham #manningvalley
The camp draft is on again in Wingham this weekend. The cattle are walked the 40km or so into town. They came past our place this afternoon, the best part of 900 of them, munching on the feed by the road. . . . #wingham #wherrolflat #manningvalley #muster #campdraft #cattle #cowboys #cowgirls @ Wherrol Flat, New South Wales, Australia
Piggies breakfast. Our Wessex Saddleback cross grower pigs, in the paddock getting stuck into veggies and whey early the other morning. It’s really important to us that they get the best diet and the best life we can give them; fresh air, fresh veggies and plenty of water and exercise, all outside under trees. It’s a lot of effort on our part, but worth it, as the end result is amazingly good pork and bacon. Come and see us at @bentontuesday or @winghamfarmers . . . #freerangepork #manningvalley #wessexsaddleback #happypigs #freerange #wingham
Dwarf green tree frog. . #frog #manningvalley #macro #macrophotography #pentax
Theoretically it’s mid-winter in the #manningvalley But spring seems to have sprung all the same… #theedibleforest #winter #spring #climatechange #roses
Tasty pickles tomorrow, they go great with our pork! And don’t forget there’ll be Tim’s eggs, Ron’s Avocados and Barry’s veggies too.
It’s that time of the year again, no wonder the blood moon was so red the other night… I can’t breathe #lowlightphotography #manningvalley #fire
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 of Les’ favourites. He used to hate leftovers but now he asks for them. Dice potatoes into small cubes, fry until… Continue Reading →
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 Espaliers Natural tree management How to set up an orchard, collection or edible food forest, Bio-dynamic & organic management Site design… Continue Reading →
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 of our overseas mates , you can find the text and photos at: http://www.completehome.com.au/be-inspired/tips-and-trends/expert-advice-planting-an-edible-forest Thanks to Diane Norris for the opportunity… Continue Reading →