Julatten Earth Food believes soil and water are living entities and should be treated with respect … and dolomite/lime, gypsum and animal manures (from local farms, our chook tractors as well as castings from our worm farms), paper and hay and last but not least … love. Raised and automatically irrigated garden beds - totalling 2km so far - were developed in order to sustainably grow a wide variety of food types.
Julatten Earth Food was established 2007, after 2.2ha was purchased, bordering Bushy Creek at the foot of Mt Lewis, Far North Queensland, Australia. The gardens are situated at 400 metres altitude and therefore slightly cooler and less humid than coastline regions, such as Cairns. Cleared many years ago for its grand rainforest timber, the property was an overgrown grassy paddock when purchased. Sugar cane or other intensive crops had never never grown on the land so poisons had never been applied to the property.
The soil is a mixture of clay (sadly not red) and granite sand from the ancient river system that is now a part of the Mitchell River catchment area. Wet Tropic rainforest still exists on the creek banks, as do native animals such as platypus, cassowary, echidna, wallaby, pademelon and vast numbers of bird types.
Julatten Earth Food is a growing business – pun intended! And you are welcome to watch it grow.