Our Story

Kolapore Gardens came about from a deep desire to make a positive influence in the world, work to fix a broken food system, and as a way to create more life-affirming, healthy nourishment for the local communities of the Blue Mountains & Collingwood.

A radically localized food system can provide healthier food for local communities, has a smaller carbon footprint with less shipping, and can cater to the local regions’ growing conditions and cultural preferences for flavours & varieties. It reduces our dependence on imported food, which often wreaks havoc on communities afar and choosing organic results in fewer agricultural chemicals finding their way into our water ways and bloodstream – it really is win-win.

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Mike Reid started farming in 2007 and settled on what is now Kolapore Gardens, with his partner Jen, in 2010.

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Photo by Kevin Walsh

Kolapore Gardens is about 1.5 acres of intensively managed vegetable, herb and flower production, with plenty of tree-lines and wild spaces for beneficials, pollinators and other wildlife to make their home

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The gardens have always been managed organically (and were established on long-held grass-land for hay) but in 2016 Mike certified the gardens as organic under Pro-cert’s Local Organic Program.

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Soil health is maintained through a careful crop rotation, the addition of good compost, and the use of greenmanure crops to feed the soil life. Mike annually tests his soils for nutrients and believes a balanced soil is one of the main keys to growing healthy, delicious crops.

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Mike works with a team of part-time employees and has taken on quite a few interns and apprentices over the years to learn about farming (through the Collaoborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training – C.R.A.F.T.) – all of them and a few volunteers have played a crucial role in making everything work smoothly.

When he’s not farming, Mike can be found practicing tai chi, playing music or going for a hike with his dog, Ryley.

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Photo by Nat Kuleba