At Basils Farm we are passionate about our kitchen garden. Ben, our permaculture gardener established the kitchen garden three years ago and is currently working with Igor to establish a new market garden and orchard to supply even more fresh organic produce to Basils Café.
The kitchen garden produces heirloom vegetables and herbs, an orchard of stone fruits, apples, pears, quinces, figs, persimmons, almonds, a myriad of citrus as well as a variety of berries. No chemical fertilisers or pesticides are used on the edible garden. Our chef Jeremy harvests produce from the garden daily with the menu taking inspiration from the seasons.
We have just welcomed additional chickens onto our farm, which will not only provide us with additional fresh eggs, but also assist in maintaining healthy soils in the vineyards and orchards. We have also planted many species of indigenous plants, which attract beneficial insects and bees to help maintain a healthy ecosystem, benefiting all aspects of the farm. Permaculture and biodynamic practices play an integral role in a holistic approach to a healthy farm environment. Nothing grown on the farm is wasted, it is either used in Basils Café, preserved or sold fresh at the cellar door. Leading a new way for wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula, focusing on fresh and seasonal food, we look forward to you experiencing it for yourself at Basils Farm!
St Joseph's College Geelong - School Project at Basils Farm
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome students, parents and staff from St Joseph’s College Geelong to Basils Farm on 24th Feb, 2017 for the launch of our partnership with the School. It’s an exciting undertaking for the VCAL students, who will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of farm and vineyard management and learn more about permaculture principles and biological and sustainable farming practices.
Farm Manager Igor and Permaculture Gardener Ben, are looking forward to working alongside the students and imparting their knowledge every Thursday at Basils Farm.
Check out some images of the launch event HERE