Welcome to The Edible Forest, Annette Owen-Mulder and Les Mulder’s organic farm at Wherrol Flat.
We raise cattle and chickens, 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 Granty’s Fruit and Vege in Wingham and occasionally at the Wingham Farmers’ Market.
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.
Annette & Les Mulder used to own an IT consultancy in Sydney. We worked with some wonderful people and had some great clients, but at the end of the day, you can only spend so much time solving problems that don’t really need solving and/or automating people out of jobs, before a feeling of wrongness sets in.
After a long period of trying to work out what we really needed to do, we finally bailed from the corporate world in 2009 and spent a few years working out if urban permaculture was the way to go, before we finally decided to ditch the city life.
We moved onto the farm in April 2012 and have been hard at work building infrastructure ever since.