The farm was bought in 2001, it wasn’t known by any name so we called it Carrah.
We have leased it out for the majority of the time since.
We had a couple of years share-farming however this proved too difficult due to my husband and father–in-law both working full-time in Perth. The cropping area is 600ha.
During the 14 years we have owned the property the remnant bushland of about 350hs has been fenced to protect it from livestock and maintain the good quality of the vegetation. Most of this area was cleared after the war, some of it only in the late 80s. This is the north eastern edge of the Jarrah woodland and the start of the Salmon gum region so we have an interesting array of plants.
We have also planted approximately 150,000 seedlings of mostly local indigenous trees and shrubs, to prevent the spread of salinity and stop soil erosion. This is roughly 50 ha of land in patches throughout the farm. Recently we have also worked on connecting islands of vegetation to allow the flow of small animals and birds across the landscape.
We hosted Wildflower walks that were organised by Calingiri Progress Association and realised that this could be a future business to complement the farming.
We have worked with local schools and currently have a partnership with Millennium Kids from Perth.
In March 2015 Edith Cowan students came for a field trip to analyse soils and we hope to develop more liaisons with the other universities.
I have included some links to past projects we have been involved with
Artist residency at Carrah
In 2014 we moved into owner built timber framed Strawbale house. Using locally sourced and recycled timber with many hours of labour from Wwoofers and Helpxers led by our great friend and carpenter Paul. The teas with antique china are held here.