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Mulloon Creek Natural Farms

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms (MCNF) is a grazing, cropping and carbon building enterprise covering two farms in close proximity to each other on the Mulloon Creek, east of Canberra, towards the coast and approximately 280 km south of Sydney.

The total holding is 2300 hectares or 5700 acres, with one property, “The Home Farm” covering 4300 acres and the other, “Duralla”, covering 1450 acres. The Home Farm occupies all of a small valley adjacent to and straddling the Great Dividing Range and Duralla is in more open country. On “The Home Farm” there is approximately 1800 acres of native forest.

Both properties are organic using the biodynamic system of agriculture and MCNF is a member of Australian Organic. Our purpose is to be a diverse, sustainable working role model of excellence for profitable biodynamic production and landscape restoration.

Our soils are mainly shallow, fine sandy loam to clay loam with light to medium clay down the profile. There are frequently large proportions of gravel to depths of 60cm. On the upper slopes the colours in the surface few centimetres are dark brown changing to brown and yellow down the profile. The texture contrast soils occur extensively across the area having developed on granitic, volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Our hills consist of rolling terrain with stony crests and minor rocky outcrops. Some slopes are steep but most are moderately inclined between 7 and 16%. The mid slopes contain gentle sloping land forms with simple slopes and depressions. The alluvial flats consist of deep soils that were subject to flooding.

In our system each animal and each plant must live its own distinctiveness, e.g. cattle are not fed grain, nor are they confined in feed lot conditions, as this is both unnatural and stressful for the animal (and is detrimental to the quality of the meat). It is important to us that the introduced agriculture on the farm be integrated with the natural bio-diverse ecosystem. Our endeavour must add to our environmental capital, not take from it and reduce it.

As the living campus for The Mulloon Institute we also host courses and workshops in sustainable, natural methods of agriculture.

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms has been bequeathed to The Mulloon Institute and a company structure has been put in place to ensure the work continues beyond its current owners indefinitely into the future. This is to ensure that the long-term benefits of the research and development in biodynamic farming, the bush initiatives, re-balancing of the “natural sequence” of hydration, and the education continue uninterrupted.

Hopefully our success, tempered by our mistakes, but made lighter by our sense of humour, will continue to make a contribution to restorative natural farming as well as the natural eco system, and most importantly to the dignity of the farmer, and to all those who benefit from healthy farming, both from working in this exciting environment and consuming the food and fibre.

See our section on Management Practices for information about our farming methods or Produce for information on our livestock practices.

Our Location

Our Location - Mulloon Creek Natural Farms (MCNF)
Located within 45 minutes drive from Canberra Airport, Mulloon Creek Natural Farms comprises two farms, The Home Farm and Duralla, both on Mulloon Creek.

The Home Farm spans the Great Dividing Range – which puts it in an interesting position of being at the headwaters of two of the major water catchments in Australia.

Straddling the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 860m (2825ft), the western side of the property feeds into the Murrumbidgee river, which forms part of the catchment for the Murray Darling Basin. The eastern side of the property contains the Mulloon Creek, a tributary to Reedy Creek, which in turn feeds into the Shoalhaven River – a primary source of water for the city of Sydney.

A further 9km downstream from the Home Farm, Duralla is located on the old Boro-Mullon (the original name) coach road (now Hazeldell road) that was used to travel between Tarago and Queanbeyan, passing through Bungendore. It is at the junction of four creeks; Mulloon Creek, Shiel Creek, Sandhills Creek and Reedy Creek. Spanning 590ha (1450ac), Duralla is the home to our organic free-range egg operation.

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Our Climate

The average annual rainfall is about 650mm, with rain falling on an average of 80 days per year, fairly evenly distributed but with slightly higher rainfall in summer. Fogs often occur in the valley, particularly from dawn to mid morning and although no data are currently available, we expect that fog drip may add substantially to the precipitation, particularly in the forested areas, as does dew on the pastured areas. Low clouds that come in from the coast are common and we expect they are a significant factor in reducing evaporation and transpiration. We also frequently see afternoon thunderstorms in summer and a south easterly breeze on hot evenings is common and very welcome.

Frosts are very common from late autumn, through winter and into spring and cover the slopes and valley floor with thick crystals. These make the valley a crystal white wonderland in contrast with the green forest and a clear azure sky.


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