- Our Story -
It all began in 2010 with a dream.
We moved to Kangaroo Island in 2010, firmly intending to grow old disgracefully. However the land got hold of us and since we love our food, we developed Flavours of Petite Provence to share our organically grown food in the form of fresh produce or gourmet items we think you will enjoy.
We want to give you a flavour bomb experience like no other.
- THE GARDEN -
Petite Provence is now open all year round. Busy planting, pruning, propagating and making our in-house Petite Provence products. we are just minutes away from one of Kangaroo Island finest beaches Pennington Bay, rolling hills, the occasional fur seal and even a pod of dolphins.
all our fruit and veg are grown organically. then we transform them into our traditionally preserved products. merely meters from garden to kitchen. minimal milage ensuring absolute freshness.
- PERMACULTURE -
How do we grow our fruit and veg?
We started off with the permaculture principle of minimal disturbance of the soil, putting back in what we took out and wasting nothing. No chemical fertilisers, no pesticides, just the help of our chooks, bees, some
bio-dynamics and lessons learned:
We learned that free-ranging chooks and veggie gardens don’t mix well unless you are the chook, so we moved them into a mobile chook pen and move them around the beds
We learned that leftover soil from house building on limestone and clay needs some assistance to grow plants, both of them being moisture repellent when dry, so the “no-dig” policy became a “dig-if-you-have-to” policy
We learned that roos and wallabies will eat pretty much anything when hungry, so fencing off crops and trees became necessary
We learned that living on top of a hill means it gets quite windy, so windbreaks were required; a good job we had already fenced off the veggie plot so we just attached windbreak fabric over the fence.
We learned that very well-fed chooks stop laying eggs, but boy can they recycle scraps into manure!!
Weed teas are absolutely fabulous if you are a plant, and compost is a veggie gardens best friend –
goodbye weeds, hello food!