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With the in­creased de­mand for or­ganic and sus­tain­ably farmed pro­duce, ac­cred­ited land hold­ings are an as­sured in­vest­ment for the as­tute buyer. Hazeldean For­est Farm, a cer­ti­fied or­ganic en­ter­prise es­tab­lished for over 30 years, is a 93 acre eco­log­i­cally sus­tained prop­erty sit­u­ated amongst fer­tile farm­land in the Ellinbank dis­trict, a ten minute drive south of War­ragul, the free­way and less than an hour from the eastern fringe of Melbourne. Renowned for its or­ganic ap­ple or­chards with over 30 va­ri­eties of mod­ern and her­itage ap­ples, the farm pro­duces a range of ciders, juice and vine­gar dis­trib­uted to or­ganic re­tail­ers, restau­rants and farm­ers mar­kets. Nuts, vegeta­bles, stone and cit­rus fruits are also grown and sold through­out the re­gion and Melbourne.

The prop­erty, orig­i­nally a dairy farm, has evolved into an in­te­grated bio­di­verse and sus­tain­able ecosys­tem. Se­lec­tive plant­ings of de­cid­u­ous and na­tive trees have cre­ated wind­breaks, tim­ber plan­ta­tions and wildlife cor­ri­dors. Cru­cial to the plan is a four acre dam pro­vid­ing a drip ir­ri­gation sys­tem to the prop­erty dur­ing the drier months and a nat­u­ral habi­tat for na­tive fish, frogs and birdlife, in turn en­cour­ag­ing in­sec­tiv­o­rous bats and birds which act as bi­o­log­i­cal con­trollers in the or­chards and veg­etable gar­dens. Cows and chick­ens roam freely amongst the nat­u­ral bush and wood­lands, happy and con­tent un­der the shel­ter of trees and feed­ing on the nu­tri­tious ground fod­der. Ex­cel­lent soils, a re­li­able rain­fall and the mild cli­mate are per­fect for food pro­duc­tion, whilst the lo­ca­tion and good trans­port con­nec­tions to Melbourne are ideal for the timely de­liv­ery of a fresh food or a com­mer­cial farm­ing en­ter­prise. In­fra­struc­ture in­cludes a her­itage listed Vic­to­rian homestead, sec­ond self-con­tained res­i­dence, stu­dio, pack­ing shed, cool room and miscellaneous stor­age sheds.

The res­i­dence high­lights four bed­rooms, spa­cious liv­ing room, kitchen and meals area, home of­fice, bath­room, shower room, sep­a­rate toi­let, laun­dry and a mud room. Pol­ished tim­ber floors, high ceil­ings, sash win­dows and an open fire place are orig­i­nal fea­tures. Ram­bling, es­tab­lished gar­dens around the home en­hance the serene and pri­vate set­ting.

This highly pro­duc­tive hold­ing has huge po­ten­tial in to­day’s real es­tate mar­ket, whether it’s to ex­pand the or­ganic busi­ness, cre­ate an ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity, restau­rant or health re­treat (all STCA) – the op­tions are with­out lim­its.

All this aside – the prop­erty is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for a self­suf­fi­cient life­style and to be part of a farm­ing rev­o­lu­tion. Hazeldean For­est Farm is lo­cated at 1143 Hazeldean Road, Ellinbank. Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est may be di­rected to the mar­ket­ing agent Evan Broad­bent from Har­courts War­ragul on 5622 3333 or 0438 379 151. An In­for­ma­tion Mem­o­ran­dum is avail­able on re­quest.

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