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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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

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Timeline Photos

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

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The Bent on Tuesday Farmers'

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

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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

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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

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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

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Dwarf green tree frog. . #frog #manningvalley #macro #macrophotography #pentax

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Theoretically it’s mid-winter in the #manningvalley But spring seems to have sprung all the same… #theedibleforest #winter #spring #climatechange #roses

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The Bent on Tuesday Farmers'

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.

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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

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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 of Les’ favourites.  He used to hate leftovers but now he asks for them. Dice potatoes into small cubes, fry until… Continue Reading →

    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 Espaliers Natural tree management How to set up an orchard, collection or edible food forest, Bio-dynamic & organic management Site design… Continue Reading →

  • 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 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 →