Kiwi Down Under Farm is a 25 acre Biodynamic/Organic fruit and vegetable farm. Marguerite and Tom Hackett have owned and operated their farm since 1982 when they started growing and selling kiwifruit commercially using organic and Biodynamic practices. (hence the name). Kiwi Down Under Organic Farm is dedicated to the production of produce that has never known pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilisers.
Kiwi Down Under Farm is on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, where the mountains meet the sea, near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. Bonville Valley or as the original inhabitants called it, ‘Bongil Bongil’ – “Bongil” meaning a place where one “sits down” to enjoy a land flowing with abundance.
Kiwi Down Under Farm is situated in an ideal climate and Tom and Marguerite started their farm planting kiwifruit vines. The farm produces a variety of kiwifruit unique to the area called delicious ‘Dexter Kiwifruit’, ‘The world’s sweetest kiwifruit’!
KDU now grows a wide range of produce including bananas, garlic, ginger, turmeric, pumpkins, herbs, mangoes, citrus, plus much more. (See Produce Section)
The farm expanded and diversified in the 1992 when it opened a vegetarian restaurant and organic produce shop. KDU won many tourism awards over the 14 years it was open to the public showing customers by example, how to grow organically (by conducting farm tours), how to harvest and cook seasonal produce and then customers had the opportunity to taste ‘the fair’ in the restaurant. (See many articles in Media History section for more information).
In 2014 the restaurant was transformed into a Bed and Breakfast for guests to have the opportunity to once again enjoy Tom and Marguerite’s beautiful farm.
The philosophy behind Kiwi Down Under Farm is that is it not just a farm or guest house, but a lifestyle delivered by example and it is hoped that guests, visiting, helping, WWOOFing or staying in their accommodation, will leave with a greater knowledge of, and respect for the environment, with thoughts on how they too can change it for the better. Farming should be a natural experience understanding and showing appreciation for all life on this planet.