Welcome to our beautiful property, Barkala Farm.
We are an organic farm, a provider of unique eco-friendly accommodation and host to many different wildlife species and animals. We carry out these activities, plus more, in the most sustainable ways possible while continuing to improve our relationship with the land. We are excited to share our dreams and passions with you, and hope that by offering a unique farmstay we too can inspire people to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
We believe in working with the environment and having a healthy reciprocal relationship with the land on which we live and work. We strive to continuously develop sustainable buildings, power supplies, waste management solutions and fun, interactive activities for our guests.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir
Our water is mainly from rainfall – clean, pure and chemical-free. We collect it on our rooftops, store it in our tanks (450,000 Litre capacity) and use it for drinking and laundry. It taste beautiful and requires little energy to store and transport. We have a well, a bore and a dozen dams that we use to provide the water for our toilets. Our ‘compostable’ toilet system is available for our campers and wwoofers and uses the sawdust from our building projects.
All of our buildings are hand built using a variety of local materials including local timber, mud bricks, rammed earth, straw bale, sawdust bricks, stone, and recycled materials. Each building has been designed to include sustainability and unique features. Mud brick keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. We have also built multiple walking tracks on the property and focus on showcasing the natural beauty of the land and wildlife.
We grow as much organic food as we can in our greenhouse and gardens. Our chooks and ducks provide us with yummy eggs and our beautiful cow Hedwig supplies us with milk that we drink and make into cheese and yoghurt. We bake our own bread using biodynamic products, make our own jams and pickles, and source as much local products as possible. We serve at the cafe local, organic wines and our wood fired pizza.
Our electricity is produced by solar power. The array puts out 27 kilowatts of energy. It is quite marvellous what we can run with this sustainable technology a cool room, an air conditioner, our pool pump, all of the pottery related machinery, a coffee machine, two laundries, six guesthouses, and a machine workshop.
The gardens are a treat whether it is the lush green summer or the bare boughs of the tortured willows in winter. The grey water produced from our laundry is collected and used to water our native gardens. We watered the gardens and take care of them everyday.
We have a very practical and user-friendly recycling station. Everything that can be recycled or used for fuel is. Our kitchen scraps are feed to our pigs and the sawdust produced from building projects is used in our compostable toilet systems.