We purchased our 37 acre, mostly non-arable hillside property, 5 km NE of Clare in 1992. Since then we have put in 1000s of native plants, built a mud brick house and raised a family. Currently, most of our produce is derived from pistachio, cherry and jujube. Additional, but very limited produce next year will include : Australian desert limes, figs, Kie apples. Future products a few years away yet include : pecans, white mulberries, tropical fruits from a greenhouse. I manage the business and the property, while my wife makes some money with a real job.
Our trees are grown using sustainable production methods, for example, irrigation water is only collected from our property and used on the cherries; no sprays are used on the trees; grape marc from the Knappsteins winery is used exclusively as a mulch. All orchard processes are carried out entirely on the property. These include : extracting the raw pistachio kernel from the nuts in machinery that I built; sun drying; roasting; oil pressing; etc.
Most of our produce is sold through farmer’s markets Clare [2nd Saturday]; Wirrabara [3rd Sunday] and Sevenhill [Last Saturday]. We also attend several annual markets in the mid north and in Adelaide. Our produce is also sold from retail outlets such as the CVWFT Centre; a few Adelaide outlets; local restaurants and caterers. See our brochure in The Visitor Centre for details re a short tour to our property.