A tasty June long weekend at Port Macquarie's Farm Gate

A unique insight into rural living, local foods and sustainable lifestyles

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Farm gate tours in June - Port Macquarie - Armstrong Oysters

Farm gate tours in June - Port Macquarie - Armstrong Oysters [©Nathan Edwards]

Farm gate tours in June - Port Macquarie - Oxhill farm walk
Farm gate tours in June - Port Macquarie

 

Looking for a tasty idea for the June long weekend? Greater Port Macquarie will showcase its diverse food bowl with a Farm Gate Tour event on 6-8 June 2015, a unique insight into rural living, local foods and sustainable lifestyles.

An initiative of Hastings Landcare, people can self-drive to 13 properties, meet the farmer and learn about free range food production, Landcare initiatives and the local food movement.  Information sessions are programmed at set times over the three days so you can visit them all or just a few.

“Stretching from the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, the Farm Gate Tour is a unique opportunity to explore the Port Macquarie region’s stunning scenery and visit farms that aren’t normally open to the public. We also have a surprise package with a showcase of sustainable urban living.” said DaintryGerrand, Support Officer with Hastings Landcare Inc.

“The Farm Gate Tour is perfect for people who want to learn how food is grown or are considering a tree-change. It is also a great day out for children who will see cows being milked, chickens free ranging and baby animals being fed. ” said Daintry.

Enterprises include dairy, garlic and essential oils, cattle breeding and beef, pork, eggs, native bush-foods, sheep cheese, oysters, blueberries, avocados and macadamias.

Highlights include Barbuschco who export their award-winning bush-foods, Oxhill Organics with their chicken caravans, and Ewetopia who have developed their dream into a functioning sheep dairy and licenced cheese-making facility in three years. Also Armstrong Oysters for their renowned Sydney Rock oysters, tasty Ticoba Blueberries and Avocadoes and Koree Herbs organic essential oils, herbs and flowers.

Farmers and gardeners will be interested in the range of topics from biological regeneration of soils and pastures, holistic management, biodiversity and water quality protection, invasive weed control and private land conservation.

The weekend is all about living sustainably in an urban environment and rural community.

The cost to attend is $30 which includes a self-guide booklet with property information, tour schedules, maps and travel times. 

The booklet is available online from mid-May at www.hastingslandcare.org.au or to collect at Port Macquarie’s Visitor Information Centre (Glasshouse, 4/13 Hay Street, Port Macquarie), Hastings Landcare (44a Cameron Street, Wauchope) and Ecowild Health Foods (21B High Street, Wauchope)

Port Macquarie is on the Mid North Coast of NSW, 4 hours’ drive from Sydney. It is a gorgeous foodie destination with over 80 producers, six wineries, two boutique breweries and award-winning restaurants and cafes including the Stunned Mullet, Fusion 7 and The Corner.

Participating Farm Gate Tour farms:

  1. Barbushco - bush foods
  2. Koree Herbs - herbs and garlic
  3. Morton Estate - beef and poultry breeding
  4. Clarefield Dairy - milk
  5. Redbank Organic Farm  / Oxhill Organics - organic milk and eggs
  6. Ewetopia - sheep dairy, cheese factory and farmstay
  7. Kindee Valley Farm - pasture raised beef with information on Holistic Management
  8. Gromorbeef - Bonsmara bull breeder
  9. Foodprints -  grass-fed beef and crops with the focus on soil biology
  10. Ticoba Blueberries and Avocadoes - avocadoes and blueberries
  11. Lorne Valley Macadamia Farm - macadamia nuts
  12. Armstrong Oysters - oysters
  13. Shenstone Urban Farm - sustainable house and garden

For more information contact Hastings Landcare on (02) 6585 4465 or 0427 864 465.
For great value accommodation packages in June go to www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au or call 1300 303 155.

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