Warrah Biodynamic Farm recently hosted Warrah’s annual Harvest Festival. About 80 guests, including Warrah’s clients, School students, staff and visitors, gathered in the autumn sun for musical performances and hearty organic soup.
On the Farm we welcome the cooler weather and a decent drop of rain, finally! Crops in the ground include beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, carrot, chard, coriander, fennel, kale, leeks, lettuce, pak choi, peas, radish, rocket and snow peas. Our winter green manure of vetch, oats, peas, lupins and rye will be going in soon too. Those visiting may notice the netting on our leafy greens. This keeps the ducks, eager for a biodynamic feast, at bay.
We recently planted 20 citrus trees – late navels, mandarins, limes and lemons. Unfortunately our existing orange trees are very low on fruit this year. In fact, they have now flowered 3 times – most recently just last month – so everything has been thrown out by the long hot summer.
Our farm shop stocks our produce grown here in Dural, but we supplement it with Australian grown biodynamic and organic fruit and veg. The sweet potatoes, kiwi fruit, pumpkins, cucumbers we have on our shelves currently are from within NSW, while the best broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are coming to us from Queensland.
Mondays and Thursdays are abuzz as we harvest produce, receive deliveries and pack orders for various destinations – co-ops, box scheme customers, restaurants, and our own Warrah client houses, both on and off site.
Our range of groceries is increasing as we commence a shop expansion. The hottest trend in organic and natural right now has to be hemp – flour and seeds are making their way into all manner of items.
Planning has started for Warrah’s fabulous Annual Spring Fair to be held on Saturday, 8 September. Interested stallholders are welcome to call for more information. Visit www.warrah.org