Short Property Description
We moved in to this 100 acre property, situated between Pemberton and Northcliffe in the South West of Western Australia, at the end of last year. It is surrounded by stunning karri forrest and on the crossing of the Bibbulmun walking trail and the Munda Biddi cycling trail. I fell in love with this area whilst mountain biking the Munda Biddi and consider it the most beautiful forest area in WA, so couldn’t resist the opportunity to come and live here when this property came on the market. We come from Europe, David from the UK and Annie from Belgium and we have traveled extensively and done a lot of trekking in the Himalayas, New Zealand, France and Spain. But this country and forest is what we totally fell in love with.
There are already very productive netted orchards and also many ponds and a lake for aquaculture. We have introduced bees and there are plenty of marron, the largest freshwater crayfish in the world and pretty tasty. We also have 21 cattle, 6 sheep, 8 chickens, and a couple of worm farms. Plenty of water is also a bonus in this country. We’ve got the vegie garden started and have plenty of zucchini, tomatoes, beans, chard and cucumber and corn nearly there!
Constructing and maintaining permaculture gardens and orchards, picking berries and fruit.
Planting native flowering plants to introduce bees, propagating and seeding vegetables. Powerful new mulcher has arrived and we will be doing plenty of compost making as well as mulching the gardens and laying new gardens around the cottages.
Marron and fish ponds need netting fixed and we want to look at further possibilities for aquaculture.
Chickens need to get food sources established, so they have more opportunities to browse.
vermiculture – we love worm juice for our gardens.
Woodworking shed is getting organised and with a good supply of machinery, upgrading the cottages is next : making steps, verandahs and then an outdoor kitchen/entertaining area, etc.
Looking after guests in several cottages on the property and chopping firewood to build up the winter supply is also ongoing.
In the kitchen, we love our fermenting: tasty kombucha with the berries that we have picked and frozen or collecting fresh from the orchard; kefir to use with our cereal in the morning.
We bake our own buns and make bread with the bread machine.
Organic/Biological methods we use
We apply permaculture principles to create a very diverse environment, working towards having perennial plantings instead of the vast areas of grassland. Mulching, composting and vermiculture are a major component to suppress weeds and improve soil health.
Skills WWOOFers can learn here
Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Soil conservation, Mulching, Worm farming, Beekeeping, Animal care, Using & caring for tools, Building, Fencing, Handyman, Bread making, Fermenting foods