The Edible Forest

Welcome to The Edible Forest, Annette Owen-Mulder and Les Mulder’s organic farm at Wherrol Flat.

Sunset at The Edible Forest

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.

THE LATEST NEWS

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We just ate our first dragon fruit, delicious and so pretty. Would really enhance a fruit platter. Forgot to take a picture before we ate it but here’s a picture of their spectacular flowers at our front fence. Flowers are as big as my head!

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It’s Tuesday – all packed and picked for today’s market at Bent on Food. Masses of lemons and sweet potatoes ready for today and our wonderful lime tree has produced so much fruit that a new batch of Chilli lime pickle is ready too. Jams, pickles and our pasture raised pork, Tim’s free range eggs and Barry’s chemical free vegies will be there today. Come and shop chat and have a wonderful coffee.

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I’ve just come in with a basket of freshly harvested sweet potatoes. For those interested, we’ll have them available at our regular market at Bent on Food with Donna. All the yummy usual fresh food, jams, pickles, Tim’s eggs and, of course, the pasture raised pork. Treat yourself to the best breakfast around from Bent or coffee and cake. See you tomorrow!

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Congratulations to our young house cow, Poppy, on her first delivery. We went out this morning and there he was. A double blessing as it’s also raining! More photos to come but here’s a sneak preview.

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Okay, I’ve mowed the lawns again in the hot hot day, now bring on that promised rain!!

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Tomorrow’s market day at Bent on Food. Lots of lovely fresh product, wonderful pasture raised pork and homemade jams and pickles and vinegars. Tim will be there with his free range eggs, sadly no avocados yet but Ron will be back in May. Come and have a coffee or delicious breakfast with us there tomorrow.

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Our paddocks are covered with these today. Does anyone know what they are?

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Tomorrow’s market day at Wingham Showground. We’ll be manning the Community Stall and have our wonderful pasture raised pork and delicious jams and pickles. There’ll be some new stalls plus all your favourites. Come and see us there, stock up on fresh produce, lovely veg, new season seedlings, wines. Have a coffee and stop and relax.

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45mm of glorious rain yesterday and more predicted for today. How strange that now we watch the weather so closely now we’re farmers. Clement and Beatrice, our new French helpxers, picked another bucket of mulberries yesterday – that’s me back at the stove for more jam. And, that tree is still full of fruit.

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How wonderful, already over 30mm rain in the last hour. We will sleep well to the sound of rain!

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Latest News

  • In the Wingham Chronicle

    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...

    This month’s Wingham Farmers’ Market feature producers are Les Mulder and Annette Owen-Mulder of The Edible Forest. Les and Annette have a 140 acre property at Wherrol Flat which they manage sustainably using principles from permaculture and others such as holistic management. This year for the first time, savvy locals will be enjoying Les and Annette’s ham on Christmas day, as their pork products have been a new enterprise in 2016. Their free range, pasture raised pork stands out for both flavour and texture. The meat is darker and moister and has great intramuscular fat layers. What this means is that you can slow cook it without it drying out. It doesn’t even look like shop bought pork. They do a range of cuts, including Christmas ham and everyone’s favourite, bacon. Les and Annette believe that the difference is raising them as ethically as they possibly can, for their whole life. ”They have sun, trees, wallows, grass, covering, plenty of food - everything they need to be a pig” says Annette. The pigs are fed on whey from Comboyne Culture cheese; veggie scraps from their garden, Granty’s and Town Head; and pig nuts from the produce store. Les and Annette also go the extra mile to ensure the pigs have no stress. This includes driving them themselves to Frederickton abattoir in a trailer loaded with pig food. They chose this abattoir because handling of the pigs there is the most humane they’ve seen. They have a Wessex saddleback boar, “as placid as all get out”; and four breeding sows. There is Brunhilda, a Berkshire x large white; Esmerelda and Bludwin, Wessex Saddleback x large white x Berkshire; and Ladybird, a Duroc. They allocate the pigs different areas. They move about every few months - once they’ve bred they need to stay put until the piglets have weaned, which is about three months. Any time from six months they are driven to the abattoir. Annette also has her preserves available including jams, pickles, chutney, relish; all made with chemical free local and home grown fruit and veg, “and love - the essential ingredient” adds Annette. They are the perfect accompaniment for the pork!
  • Heritage Fruit Workshops

    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...

  • We’ve been published!

    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...