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

Sunset and a storm at The Edible Forest Permaculture Farm
Sunset and a storm

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.

Cattle and Landrover at The Edible Forest Permaculture Farm

THE LATEST NEWS

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3 weeks ago

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Who said mulberry harvesting can't be fun. My niece and I harvested mulberries ready for the next batch of jam. ... See MoreSee Less

Who said mulberry harvesting cant be fun. My niece and I harvested mulberries ready for the next batch of jam.Image attachment

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Great photos. The birds got my mulberries as they do every year 😞

We picked mulberries this afternoon. It was messy but fun.

The beetroot was absolutely beautiful thanks Annette 👌👌

We have had the same fun

This reminds me of when my kids were at Infants school in Strickland St. The mulberry tree in the school yard, they used to come home all purple in mulberry season.

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1 month ago

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In March this year, a lovely friend of ours, Anna, asked us if we'd look after her cow, Georgie. Georgie was her only cow and Anna felt she needed company.

On 31st March Georgie arrived to stay. She is a sweet, gentle little cow, a trifle tubby but Anna said she gave her lots of treats.

Yesterday Les looked at her and thought the she was looking thin. She's the bottom of the pecking order here with our little herd so he was worried she might be missing out on the good feed but... look what he found this morning

Anna said it must have been an immaculate conception
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In March this year, a lovely friend of ours, Anna, asked us if wed look after her cow, Georgie. Georgie was her only cow and Anna felt she needed company. 

On 31st March Georgie arrived to stay. She is a sweet, gentle little cow, a trifle tubby but Anna said she gave her lots of treats.

Yesterday Les looked at her and thought the she was looking thin. Shes the bottom of the pecking order here with our little herd so he was worried she might be missing out on the good feed but... look what he found this morning

Anna said it must have been an immaculate conception

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How wonderful is that, a beautiful baby in this crazy world we live in 🤩🥰❤

Wow that’s sooo exciting congratulations

She was on Tinder and kept it secret

Wow what a lovely surprise🥰

That’s a gorgeous story!

Gorgeous ❤️

Wonderful. 💖

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2 months ago

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On a glorious day, without wind, a stroll (or should I say a roll?) through the front orchard ... See MoreSee Less

On a glorious day, without wind, a stroll (or should I say a roll?) through the front orchardImage attachmentImage attachment

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Beautiful.....Spring is so precious 🌸🌸

Beautiful.

Beautiful new life xx

2 months ago

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Looks like we'll have another good crop of our early nectarines and that prolific little mulberry has fruit almost ready to pick! ... See MoreSee Less

Looks like well have another good crop of our early nectarines and that prolific little mulberry has fruit almost ready to pick!Image attachment

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The last two frosts have knocked our early crops back.

2 months ago

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The first leeks harvested today after growing them using the toilet roll technique. It certainly works! The whites are more than twice the length we normally get.
Dinner tonight, potato, cauliflower and sautéed leeks soup - all home grown 😊
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The first leeks harvested today after growing them using the toilet roll technique. It certainly works! The whites are more than twice the length we normally get.
Dinner tonight, potato, cauliflower and sautéed leeks soup - all home grown 😊

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Wow they look great! Haven't heard of that trick with leeks.

Jolis poireaux!

Impressive, so pray tell what's the toilet roll method? Is it simply placing a loo roll cardboard over the young leeks?

Well done!! I’ve leek envy x

They look superb!!! 😀

Tell me more Re toilet roll?

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2 months ago

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How lucky are we to have these gorgeous, loving girls. Thank you Nick for this photo! ... See MoreSee Less

How lucky are we to have these gorgeous, loving girls. Thank you Nick for this photo!

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Aren't you just?!

Fabulous photo 💞. They are beautiful.

2 months ago

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Can anyone help us and tell us what type of caterpillars these are? They form big clumps on the eucalyptus and eat all the new growth on the trees ... See MoreSee Less

Can anyone help us and tell us what type of caterpillars these are? They form big clumps on the eucalyptus and eat all the new growth on the trees

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Wow ... I'm sure someone posted an almost identical post about the same critters only a few days ago in Willoughby!

Steel-blue sawfly larvae, cut them off in the clump during the day otherwise they can do a lot of damage to the tree.

They could be sawfly caterpillars.

Spitfires

Spitfire lavae

Yes we call them spitfires. As kids my parents said The little hairs can get in ur skin and irritate badly. Apparently they can 'spit' them at you and the burn is like 'fire' in ur skin. Not sure if this is true or not. My dad used to blow torch them or chick petroleum on them and burn them. They walk in bunches and can go quiet a distance unexpectedly. The little moth are dark brown with spots.

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4 months ago

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7 years ago today, Sweetpea, our first house cow, arrived on the farm with her unnamed calf who we named Paprikas so I wouldn't forget he was not a pet. Hmm, not so easy for me. Sweetpea was always a placid dream to milk and would stand patiently for anyone to milk her.
Sweetpea is still with us but she's a pet now as she was much older than us novices were told and we couldn't get her into calf again after multiple attempts both with a bull and AI.
We now have Poppy and Honey both with calves and both providing great milk.
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We had lambs called Stew & Ragout 🤣

And she is beautiful 💟

Piccies please.

Nice.

4 months ago

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Annette's sunflowers are providing a lovely sunny corner this winter.
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#sunflower #sunflowers #wherrolflat #theedibleforest #flowers #farmlife #polarisingfilter #polarizingfilter #zeisslens
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Annettes sunflowers are providing a lovely sunny corner this winter.
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#sunflower #sunflowers #wherrolflat #theedibleforest #flowers #farmlife #polarisingfilter #polarizingfilter #zeisslens

4 months ago

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Timeline PhotosFine woodwork, awesome avovadoes and fresh local produce - find it all this weekend at the Wingham Farmer's Market this Saturday 8am to noon at the Wingham showground.
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#Wingham #winghamshowground #farmersmarket #manningvalley #barringtoncoast #visitmanningvalley #visitbarringtoncoast #nsw #midnorthcoast #midnorthcoastnsw #localfoodforlocalpeople #localproducers
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