THE Bass Coast Landcare Network, in conjunction with Bimbadeen Farm on Phillip Island hosted the day on the farm event to educate visitors about the life of a farmer.
Targeted at people that perhaps don’t get much exposure to the farm and agricultural lifestyle, groups were led around the 340 acre property to see everything it has to offer.
The family run farming property, ‘Bimbadeen’, is located close to both the world famous Penguin Parade and Grand Prix Circuit.
Bimbadeen has become renowned for its award winning premium quality beef and innovative environmental practices winning awards at both State and National levels.
Since the 1980s Bimbadeen has planted more than 40,000 trees and ground-cover, protected remnant vegetation, created a wildlife corridor, fenced waterways and dams and addressed salinity issues.
A 52 million year old hill locals call ‘Hurricane Hill’ is also found at Bimbadeen.
From the second highest point on the Island one has spectacular views of Bass Strait, Western Port and neighbouring farms.
Today more than 200 Angus cattle graze the paddocks with other forms of wildlife including ducks and Cape Barren geese.
Also residents on the farm are the 1500 Isa Brown hens, two Alpacas, 500,000 bees and two very friendly sheep.
As part of the new direction for Bimbadeen free-range eggs and honey are now being produced making Bimbadeen the first and only commercial free range egg producer
on the Island.
After the tour the groups were treated to a fully catered lunch all made from products from the Bimbadeen farm, with kids getting to learn about the paddock to the plate philosophy.
The Bimbadeen Farm offer tours to all the public. More information can be found at bimbadeenphillipisland.com.au/tours
A day on the farm