Growing up in Tasmania, farming has always been in our blood. From the river flats of the Huon Valley, to the sheep and goats fleece and market gardens of the Huon River and surrounds we have been privileged to continue our farming endeavours in the Pyrenees Ranges of central Victoria.
Many areas in the Pyrenees Ranges were de-timbered for gold mines, eucalyptus distilleries, and charcoal pits. Kangaraoo Hill was no different. When the property was acquired only several stands of native woodlands had survived. These stands have been nurtured and protected with many areas around beginning to self seed, bringing back an under-story and creating habitat for some of the 150 bird species seen at the property. Stands of trees have been planted in selected gullies but thousands more are needed to attain is former open woodland environment. We continue to plant trees grown from local seed and seed gathered from existing trees on-farm
Kangaroo Hill was purchased as a environmental and conservation project in 1996 with 10 acres fenced off for the production of the flowers and other farming practices in 2007. Since then we have planted over 2500 flowering and foliage plants and aim to reach 10000 over the next 5 years. Since planting the first of the king protea in 2007 we have steadily built up our stock and will have approx 5000 stems to pick this year. As the plants take several years to mature and flower we are just starting to understand which plants are best suited to this part of the world. With dry years, frosts and long distance to markets, as well as the challenges of being "off the grid" we don't expect to reach our full potential until 2020-2030. Now and into the future we are looking forward to supplying the wedding market, florists, public and special events with stunning high quality, long lasting flowers and foliage.
Kangaroo Hill will also be expanding its production of honey over the next few years. Several hives were acquired in 2008 with small amounts of honey having been produced and sold locally with great feedback on quality and taste. The bees have such a wonderful source of nectar and pollen which adds quite a unique flavour to the honey through both the proteas flowers and forest on surrounding hills. We are also starting a new project of Rent a Hive allowing families, individuals, to have their own hive kept on the farm, receiving honey packaged from that hive sent out twice a year with the knowledge that they are getting a wonderful product which is organically produced and not chemically preserved.