We believe in sustainable agriculture, which very simply means mindfully working the land to ensure a positive cycle of healthy soil and healthy plant life. This is “slow agriculture” as we do not believe in piling on chemical fertilizers to provide a quick fix to a “pest problem” or instantly high yield, preferring to depend on our worms and composting to nourish and regenerate the soil and produce over time an increasing yield of healthy, nutritious vegetables. We use the best of organic, permaculture and biodynamic prinicples and techniques, but listen first and foremost to the needs of the land rather than the textbook. Although we are not certified organic, all our produce is free of chemicals and full of love and joy.
Our vegetable garden grows a range of vegetables and herbs throughout the year. We currently grow a small selection of organic herbs and vegetables including indigenous and heirloom varieties. (For more on heirloom seeds, see Resources/Sustainable Agriculture/Heirloom seeds.) The garden is irrigated via flood irrigation, which keeps energy requirements to a minimum, and is powered by our solar pump. As we expand our vegetable production, we look forward to providing for all the needs of The Garden Teahouse and developing a community veggie box scheme to provide fresh, natural produce on a weekly basis to nearby customers.
Our first nursery is up and running, and will shortly be propagating a range of indigenous, edible and medicinal plants. We shall be using a range of experimental energy efficient production techniques. Please visit again soon and read our blog to learn more.