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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How to have the best ham you’ve ever had this Christmas. First, get a hold of an Edible Forest ham, either on the bone or one of our boned rolled hams. You’ll also need a couple of tablespoons of whole cloves For the glaze you’ll need: 1 cup chili plum sauce (if you don’t like chilli, substitute plain plum sauce or plum jam) ¼ cup honey 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. On the shank end of the ham, cut the rind around the leg (don’t cut deeply, just through the skin). Remove the rind by sliding your fingers and then your hand between the skin and the fat, starting from the big end (or the cut end, if you have a half ham). The skin should peel off easily. Once the skin is off, set it aside for later use, when storing the ham leftovers… Now lightly score the fat with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern (don’t go all the way through to the meat,..
We’re proud to show you the magnificent sign which will hang on our front gate. It was designed by Tim Clift – Nimbus Design. Thanks Tim, we love it!
Frog ID time. Anyone know which species this little feller belongs to? It’s about 4cm long and this is the first time I’ve managed a decent photo. I only spotted this species on the farm for the first time late last summer, so they seem to be a new arrival… . . . #frogsofinstagram #frogs #frogid #manningvalley #theedibleforest #wherrolflat #nsw #whatfrogisthis
A busy day baking here. The sourdough mother had a good workout!
A little bit of drizzle starting and these guys pop up from everywhere… These two are part of a group of five chasing each other around the roof just now. . . . . . #greentreefrog #frog #frogs #frogsofinstagram #frogslife #healthyhabitat #theedibleforest #nocturnal #amphibian #naturephotography #natureathome #healthynature #manningvalley
Our finger lime today. It didn’t do anything for years then 3 years ago we buried our beautiful dog, Sassy, in the orchard. A pear above her head and the finger lime and a pomegranate at her feet. After one year we had 2 limes, last year 5 limes. This is our finger lime today with at least 100 fruit. Thank you Sassy, you’re the gift that keeps on giving.
We took our Workawayers down to the brush for pizza and flying foxes. The #moonrise was an absolute bonus! We really do live in paradise… . . . . #manningvalley #winghambrush #theedibleforest #flyingfox #greyheadedflyingfox #wingham #flyingmammal #aftersunset #fullmoon #manningriver #reflections #swarm #magnificentnature #naturevideo #spectacularnature #wildcreatures #wildlife #chaos #feedingfrenzy #visitmanningvalley
Here we are at the #mondrookmarket again. Come on down, it’s a lovely cool day and Sweet & Swampy are setting up to play right now… @ Mondrook
How calm is that boar and how confident is that kid? You know your pigs are happy when they’ll allow anyone to give them a scratch… . . . . . #freerangepork #theedibleforest #pigsofinstagram #pigs #happypigs #kids #confidentkids #farmingisawesome #wherrolflat #wingham #manningvalley #farming #piggies
Guided by my nose I found this magnificent nectarine. Can’t wait to share it with Les and our two wonderful workaway helpers, Freddy and Laura. Sadly only 6 nectarines survived the appetites of the satin bower birds. Multiple trips to Sydney meant we didn’t get to net the tree which was groaning with fruit. Next year, hopefully there’ll be enough to share.
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 →