The Food Forest

Spring Open Day


Date: Sunday September 24, 2017

  • Building with Strawbales info session (10am - 1pm): $15
  • Permaculture Walk & Talk (2pm - 5pm): $10
  • Whole day (you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch - drinks, loos etc available): $20
  • 10% discount for Adelaide Showground Farmers Market members
    (bring membership card)
  • Children are welcome (free for children under 16 years of age). Sorry, no pets.
  • There is no need to book for the Open Day, simply arrive and pay on the day

food forest speaks

Hear about our Open Days
in Radio Adelaide's interview
with Graham Brookman.

The Food Forest Open Days take place on one Sunday in Autumn and also one in Spring.

The day is divided into a morning session - 'Building with Strawbales', and an afternoon session - 'Permaculture Walk & Talk' which includes an introduction to permaculture design and tour of the whole property.

To gain maximum benefit from the events, please arrive on time as there will be a sequential series of talks tours etc.

There will also be certified organic foods for sampling and purchase.

Click here for directions and maps.

 Strawbale Building Info Session


  • The passive-solar strawbale studio: 3 rooms & curved strawbale garden walls
  • Eco-gazebo
  • Strawbale coldroom
  • Homestead extension, 80sq metre, passive-solar strawbale-stone-galv construction and photovoltaic system
  • Gallery with rock-art oxide decoration
  • Indoor/outdoor living area
  • Eco shelter for historical machinery.

See: Displays and slides of strawbale construction.

Talk to: Lance Kairl (builder), Bohdan Dorniak (architect) and Gerald Wittmann (engineer) - SA's most experienced professionals in strawbale building.

More about strawbale building...

 Permaculture Walk & Talk

Our property tour will start with a brief introduction to Permaculture, the design system for sustainability. We will then take you on a walk inspecting revegetation work along the Gawler River, vegetable gardens and poultry. We will have a look at the passive solar, energy efficient buildings, solar hot water and photovoltaic systems, rainwater catchment, composting toilet and reedbed systems.

We then move on to the sanctuary where native vegetation adds to the diversity amongst the production orchards. We will explain the growing of many of our fruit and nut species such as figs, apples, pears, carobs, pistachios, and grapes.

More about permaculture...