The Food Forest is a property at Gawler that producers fruit and nuts, vegetables, free range eggs, honey and other food and farm products--including nursery plants and timber. The ethos of the farm revolves around permaculture--a sustainable approach to all aspects of agriculture including energy, technology, economics, organic gardening, ethical issues, and so much more. The Food Forest offers a range of courses and events that help people to better understand the role of permaculture and how they can introduce sustainable living into their own lives; you can also enjoy the fruits and vegetables that the farm produces.
[ADVERT]The farm is idyllic. The 15 hectares is covered in greenery with fruit trees, vines, and vegetable patches. Geese and chickens roam freely around the farm and from time to time you'll come across a few nice plump eggs just laying on the ground.
Twice a year the Food Forest holds open days. Once in Spring and once in Autumn. This gives you a chance to look around the farm and get a better understanding of their approach to agriculture. Usually there are two sessions at the open days: Strawbale Building Info Session and Permaculture Walk & Talk. You can choose to attend one session, or pay for the full day. If you have a group interested in experience the Food Forest you can always get in touch to organise a tour. This is a great option for school groups who want to learn about sustainable agriculture.
If you're more serious about implementing some of the farm's practices into your own life then you might want to check out their full courses. These range from simple courses like fruit and nut growing and organic vegetable growing and free-range poultry, to building with stawbales and introduction to permaculture. Or you could get your permaculture design certificate.
You can find them at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market on alternate Sundays (check their website for details) where they sell a lot of their products. These include fresh vegetables and delicious pistachio nuts. The produce here is usually fresher and lasts longer than what you'd find at your local supermarket.
Even if you're not planning on branching out into permaculture or strawbale building, visiting the Food Forest is still an enjoyable experience. It's a change to experience farm life for a day on a gorgeous organic and free-range farm. By the end of it you'll be researching country real estate and dreaming of your own 'farm-change'.