Gadara is a boutique farm offering bespoke outdoor farming and animal-assisted opportunities for all.

about us

Welcome to Gadara Farm

Gadara is a truly sustainable, eco-friendly and animal-friendly small farm embracing mindful practices for wellbeing outcomes. Gadara harnesses Old School Farming Methodology and Animal-Assisted concepts by looking back through historical traditions and applying them to ethical cottage farming. Inclusive of nature, animals, agriculture and community, Gadara is working towards being fully self-sufficient and includes horses and donkeys working on the land with the application of gentle horsemanship methods and philosophies.

Our Philosophy & Models

Gadara Farmers have knowledge in Permaculture, Equiculture, Human Animal Bond and Biophilia which have become central to our inclusive farming opportunities and outcomes. We align with green care and care farming to promote farm opportunities for all abilities and ages. Farming is a great antidote to mental ill-health and isolated indoor screen-based living.

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Old School Farming

Gadara Farm has found a way to value all these principles and include the environment, the animals and the community. The design principles help us work with nature to provide everything we need. We use permaculture and mixed crop companion planting and we use natural knowledge of the land and low-tech farming techniques such as composting, lunar farming and water harvesting.

The orchard, vegetable and herb gardens are hand picked and produce is sold fresh or preserved at the farm by drying, bottling and making jams and pickles.

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The Animals

Meet our ‘Animals in Practice’ contribute to our therapeutic programs.

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Farm Gate Shop

Fresh from our farm gate to you and local farmers markets on the Peninsula.

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Our Community

At Gadara we promote healthy lifestyles for locals around the Peninsula.

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Barefoot & Boots

Barefoot & Boots Programs run at our Farm and offer an individual experience.

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Research

Barefoot & Boots Programs run at our Farm and offer an individual experience.

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“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

 - Masanobu Fukuoka