Chestnut Brae, Nannup
Chestnut Brae was purchased by John and Linda Stanley in 2013. John and Linda’s philosophy is in creating future food security and environmental sustainability. They believe it is vital to nurture organic farming, diversity of food production and traditional skills and they consider that small and diverse farming is the way to future sustainability.
The first chestnut trees on the farm were planted bio-dynamically around 30 years ago with a second planting estimated as planted around 15 years ago. Chestnut Brae currently nurtures 1000 sweet chestnut trees, 16 pecan trees, 2 walnut trees, various fruit trees, a vegetable garden, a herb garden, chickens, ducks, quail, turkeys, guinea fowl, marron, two goats, an Alpaca, a Maremma livestock guardian dog and a small flock of Wiltshire sheep and a small herd of Dexter cattle.
They farm using regenerative agriculture and holistic management principles. They are not yet organically accredited but have applied for certification. Their plans include creating permaculture gardens of vegetables, soft fruit, citrus, berries, mushrooms, and raising Dexter cattle. All will be for self-sufficiency, and for sale at farmers markets, boutique food retailers, restaurants and online.
The organic garden at Chestnut Brae was planted around 2004 by the then owners, whose passion was salvia and heritage roses. We are told that the garden was one of the best and largest collections of salvia in WA. At the time of purchase in 2013, the garden had been let go and sadly many of the garden treasures, including many of the salvia, had died. As gardening is one of their passions, Linda and John have worked at restoration and John has replanted a number of salvia and more roses along with a selection of plants that are unusual in this region, including a Gunnera that he is nurturing. One of Linda’s passions is edible gardening and so she has inter planted edibles, and particularly herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes, in amongst the ornamentals. There is also her kitchen garden – into which she has sourced more unusual edible varieties and heirloom varieties of vegetables.
Our Point of Difference
John and Linda raise Berkshire pigs to feed small and waste chestnuts to and found top restaurants in Perth love the resulting pork flavour. Chestnuts add the most heavenly flavour to the meat of animals that graze on them! Chestnut fed pork is the most highly prized pork in Spain and Parma in Italy produces the best prosciutto in the world. This chestnut fed pork is available direct from Chestnut Brae. They are now feeding chestnuts to their Wiltshire lambs and the same restaurants who bought their pork, now want their lamb too. They also produce an ever growing range of other chestnut products, so on your visit to this garden, make sure you you ask about what is available to purchase.