Thursday, April 26, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
On 250 acres beside the Barrington River, our Certified Organic, Biodynamic farm, “Barridge”, carries approximately 45 head of Devon cattle, 1100 olive trees, a garlic crop, 100 Black Walnut trees and a small orchard.
The Barrington River flows down from the Barrington Tops - an unspoilt wilderness covering more than 1,200 sq km of land. The farm is located 19 km from the townships of Gloucester and Barrington and is an approximate three hour drive north of Sydney.
We fell in love with the property because of the beautiful Barrington River, the views over the Barrington Valley to the Bucketts and the fact that it had not seen any pesticides or herbicides. We also liked the fact that there was no home on it, as we wanted to build one using our design ideas and we wanted to be self-sufficient.
The farm was purchased in 1999. It had been used as a dry block for cattle. All that was on it was an old set of cattle yards and a bit of a track. The paddocks had been cleared to a certain extent, but they were unimproved and strewn with old logs, stumps, and rocks and they were covered in fireweed.
Since early 2000, each Spring and Autumn, Biodynamic Prep 500 has been sprayed over the paddocks. Thousands of hours have been spent manually picking fireweed over the past 7 years.
New fencing, new cattle yards, a cattle grid, and two kilometers of road have been added. A lot of work has been done to clear the paddocks and improve the soil.
We were fortunate to be able to purchase a small herd of Devon cattle from an organic property and we have leased a couple of bulls and now have a lovely herd which is growing year by year. This year we should be in a position to sell a number of steers.
In December 2000, the olives were planted in 45 degree heat. We have mainly Italian varieties - Frontoio, Leeccino, Pendolino and West Australian Mission and a small number of Giant Kalamatas.
We are Australian Certified Biodynamic, Producer No. 10089BD. We were fortunate to be granted our Biodynamic status in 2006, after 2 years in conversion.
We are members of the Hunter Biodynamic Group and the Exotic Farm Produce Group, Gloucester.
Our vision is that Barridge be a place of beauty, and a healthy environment for both animals and plants, where like-minded people can share all that the farm has to offer.
For more information or to purchase our Certified Organic products - olives, olive leaves, garlic or Devon cattle visit:
or phone within Australia 1800 225500