The High Valley Dawn journey began when a passion for wellness and sustainable development collided with a desire to serve fresh, local, organically grown produce in our nearby restaurant Beaches Rosslyn Bay. A number of years ago, the intention to one day create self-sustaining community that would fulfill these desires and help inspire future generations to get back to working in harmony with Mother Nature was set and in 2016, the universe delivered this magnificent 140 acre seaside allotment into our possession.
After tens of thousands of hours of effort and input from a handful of key staff and volunteers from all around the world, we have partially achieved our vision which is to become:
An ever evolving, self-sustaining community model nurturing love and joy in harmony with nature for the greater good of all.
We now have established a 2 acre market garden which is producing wonderful seasonal produce for our restaurant as as well as a 2 acre food forest which is in its infancy but promises to one day deliver hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables, roots, leaves, herbs and spices from all around the world with a special emphasis on tropical Australian natives and bush tucker.
We strive to be off grid with a solar powered desalination plant operating, solar powered pumps for the bore water to hill top tanks which then gravity feed our irrigation systems. We are also in the process of building an underground “powerless” cold room and aircrete domes as experimental accommodation.
As well as hosting a small but growing community volunteers, the farm is also home to our free ranging animals – horses, ducks, chickens, cattle, sheep, 2 dogs, pigs and a goat.
Our vision for the future includes a community education centre, more homes and cabins dotted around the property for both short and long-term residents, a community garden, a temple and infrastructure necessary to host weddings, festivals, retreats, conferences, workshops and events.
We welcome our local community and those from further abroad to get involved so If you can help make our vision come true or would like to come and volunteer your time to contribute and learn on the farm, then we would love to hear from you.
Farm owner, Ross O’Reilly gives an introduction to Permaculture and sustainable living while you take a walk through the market garden & food forest, meet our free range animals & see the sustainable features on the property. We have a suggested, optional donation for adults and free for kids. All donations will go towards helping us create our education centre to help future generations learn how to work in harmony with Mother Nature for the future of our planet.
Source: High Valley Dawn