Our Farm & Orchards

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The team at Watervale Hotel are passionate about fresh local food and Clare Valley produce.

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Organic

Eating organic is a lifestyle choice – to eat in a manner healthy to you and the environment. Organic learning is to develop knowledge naturally, through curiosity, experimentation, and learning from experience. This is how our Farm Chef’s interact with the Farm. An organic relationship is simple, natural and healthy. This principle is followed through into our menu.

Bio-dynamic

A word derived from two Greek words for ‘life’ and ‘energy’. Bio-dynamics implies ecological, social and economic solutions that harness natural energies and resources of the universe. It is a holistic foundation for progress in all aspects of life connected to nutrition and health. Not surprisingly, positive energy tastes better!

Permaculture

Everything you do must be good for the planet, healthy for humans, and lead to an equitable distribution of wealth and well-being. Permaculture design is a sustainable, self-sufficient eco-system – economic and ecological. Key principles include leveraging diversity, utilizing abundant energy and resource, and limiting waste. Permaculture principles dictate everything we do at the Watervale Hotel.

Penobscot Farm is being developed into a bio-dynamic, organic farm, growing a wide range of  seasonal fruits, nuts, leaves and vegetables. It will become home to an assortment of animals including chickens and bees largely employed to assist in farming rather than provide protein for the plate. Permaculture expert Jared Murray is leading an international team that share our passion for organic food and sustainable living. This team includes Farm Chefs learning about growing food as well as how to prepare fresh produce for the plate. 
The Penobscot Shearing Shed is being rejuvenated into a catering venue for special events and farm tours

 

Taste Nature

Our menu is seasonal, driven by produce from our own organic, bio dynamic Penobscot Farm.