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Biodynamic farming with Ingelara

This month we are featuring Market favourites Beatrice and Tobias Koenig who run Ingelara farm. Initially focusing on farming organic potatoes and garlic, Ingelara now sells a range of seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs at the Market each week.

Beatrice and Tobias are from Germany moving the family out to Australia in the 90s before starting Ingelara farm in 2004 at Michelago. As their farming experience had only been with fertile European soil, there were some adjustments needed to adapt to the harsh Australian conditions.

Ingelara is well known for its biodynamic approach to farming and has even been featured on ABC Radio Canberra. Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic approach to managing the soil, vegetation and livestock health. They practice time-controlled grazing for their livestock which limits environmental impacts on the farm and improves the soil and produce, which is then sold at the Market.

They have a passion for sharing their farm with the community, regularly hosting Canberra students on their farm to experience what life on the land is all about.

Like many of our Market producers, Ingelara was affected by the bushfires this past season. Their crops, pasture, and farm infrastructure have ben impacted. But thanks to the support of the Rotary Club and Market community, they have been given some financial assistance to start to get them back on their feet and rebuild.

With some quick thinking, they were able to evacuate their garlic crop and some other produce to continue to sell at the markets this season. Please come out and support Ingelara this month at the Market.

Boxgum Grazing

Farmer Focus: Sam and Claire from Boxgum Grazing

The Johnsons know a lot about hard work. Husband and wife team Sam and Claire Johnson run Boxgum Grazing on Windermere, a 1500 hectare property near Young on the South West slopes of NSW. Passionate about farming and land management, the farm supports a diverse mix of perennial grasses and box gum woodlands and their management is focused on increasing the biodiversity and biological health of the landscape.

They produce 100% grass-fed beef and genuine free-range pastured pork, which they market directly to customers in their region. Selling only what they produce, the Johnsons truly understand the vital connection between healthy land and healthy food, and promote that when dealing with Boxgum customers are dealing directly with the farmers and can get to know comprehensively the provenance of the food and how it is produced. You can meet Sam and Claire at Market each week and try their products for yourself to taste the difference.