At Basils Farm we are passionate about growing our own produce. Ben Shaw established the kitchen garden three years ago, which under the guidance of Farm Manager Igor has now grown to include a market garden to supply even more fresh organic produce to Basils Café.
The kitchen and market gardens produce 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’s harvest produce from the garden daily and the Basils Cafe menu takes inspiration from what’s in season.
We have welcomed additional chickens onto our farm, which will not only provide us with an abundance of fresh eggs, but will 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. Organic and biological farming practices play an integral role in a holistic approach to a healthy farm environment. To learn more about biological farming practices please click HERE.
Current Farm Projects (Summer 2017/18) include:
- Undervine Compost in the Olive Block vineyard.
- Compost and pig manure in market gardens, potager gardens and garden beds.
- Monthly Biodynamic spray programs in the Vineyards.
- Copper and Sulphur sprays in the vineyards as a natural fungicide.
- Diverse plantings in all gardens to attract beneficial bugs and insects.
Nothing grown on the farm is wasted, it is either used in Basils Café, preserved, fed to the animals, 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
Since early 2017, Basils Farm and St Joseph’s College Geelong have been working together to provide VCAL students with hands-on experience in farm and vineyard management. The students are learning the principles of biological and sustainable farming practices under the guidance of Farm Manager Igor, with the assistance of Ian and Shane (Vineyard Manager).
Check out some images of the launch event in February 2017 HERE