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.
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
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.
In 2019 the farmer and fields are taking a year of rest, to regroup and revision.