Thursday, June 9, 2011

2011 Harvest Kalavista Olives

The olive harvest is over for another year. Our plump, ripe kalamata olives are pickling happily. The trees have made a sigh of relief as the weight has been lifted.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Organic Community Title

"The objective of this Neighbourhood Scheme is to facilitate the creation of viable intensive organic agricultural developments by promoting co-operation and self-reliance among the proprietors of Lots in the Neighbourhood Plan." By-Law 1, Neighbourhood Management Statement, Rivers Road Organic Farms, DP 285610.
The above objective can only be changed by unanimous decision by all members of this neighbourhood plan, and therefore is an effective organic covenant.
This unusual application of organic certification formed the basis for Cowra Council approval of the Development Application in 1998. The Council was at the time accutely aware of the risks of rural subdivision in areas of prime agricultural land. They referred to a NSW shire council which had been sued by a resident of a subdivided block adjacent to cotton farms, because of the chemical drift.

Margie and Wooly - Rosnay Organic Grazing

Rosnay Organic Grazingis a unique business run by RROF members Andrew Wooldridge and Margie Crowther. They basically manage the sustainable, low stress grazing system across the whole property and market the resulting meat themselves through a "Chop Club". If you are interested in receiving their organic meat, locally butchered and delivered fresh or frozen in a box, please email

Greg Kocanda

Block 11 veggies will put hairs on your chest

The Gardners

Herb and Jenny Gardner produce delicious wines under their label "Gardners Ground". To find our more about them, visit their website or try their wines at Taste Canowindra

The Stathams at Rosnay

The Statham family, Richard and Florence and their son Sam, grows olives, grapes and figs an the property. Find out more about their busines at

RROF in Brief

On the banks of the Belubula River, near Canowindra, the rich soils and reliable water are shared in a unique model of rural development - Community Title under organic certification.

Community Title may be compared with Strata Title of high rise apartments who share common facilities such as elevators. In Community Title freehold landowners form a Neighbourhood Association which owns shared facilities such as water distribution, buffer zones, native revegetation and roadways.

The total area of RROF is 140 hectares, divided into 12 farm blocks and ten residential blocks.

Situated on a ridge in the middle of the farms, all houses are constructed using ecological design and earth materials.