Nature Play WA is a collaborative organisation working with partner groups like us to encourage the WA community to value nature play and families to prioritise it in children’s lives. Nature play is, of itself, an intrinsic good and from it flow benefits in health, cognitive, social and emotional development and in the building of resilience and creativity. Most importantly, experience in nature as a child also leads to environmental stewardship later in life and at Karrida
Its amazing how quickly 12 months can go by, especially when it's the first year of a new business venture. We're taking this opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished but more importantly to plan for 2016. Here are a few things that happened in the last 12 months at Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm: changed our name to Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm to reflect our new addition - the hop yard constructed and planted the first phase of our three phase hop yard update
Happy New Year! With the longer days and warmer conditions of the new year comes exponential growth in the hop yard! Our young hop bines are progressing well up their trellising with some varieties already setting flowers and cones. We continue to hand weed and mulch the rows within the hop yard and our drip irrigation schedule has changed to address the dry, warmer conditions. We have had some craft beer enthusiasts participate in a private hop yard tour too which has been a
Spring is one of our favourite times of year as nature comes out of hibernation and plants begin to germinate and emerge with fresh green shoots. As a new hop yard, we are waiting anxiously for our first new shoots to come out of the ground to nuture and support them as they grow into full maturity this summer. Well our wait is over - it's officially spring in the Hop Yard. The first shoots have emerged from our newly mounded plantings and they have started their annual climb
The first phase of the Karridale Hop Farm has been constructed! We'll be planting our first rhizomes over the coming weeks with hop varieites including Cascade, Chinook, Perle, Nugget, Goldings, Cluster, Hallertau and Fuggles, of course (we had to, our chocolate labrador is named Fuggles). Phase one is the first of a three phase construction program. We're planning to expand over the next three years as we learn more about what varieties grow well in our south west region. Mo
As proud new owners of 'The Cottages' we're making some big changes to ensure your stay is a memorable one. As our new name alludes to, one of the biggest changes on the horizon is a Hop Farm. This winter we'll be constructing the hop yard in anticipation of a spring planting of eclectic hop varieties. We hope to have our first hop harvest in late summer 2016.
We'll be blogging about our progress in the hop yard over the winter months so make sure to follow us if your inter