Our Land

Mt. Toolebewong is the indigenous name of our Mountain, meaning ‘Where the Raven Sat on the Tree’ in Woi Wurrung Language of the Wurundjeri First Nations people.  We wish to exist in harmony with nature, inspired by innumerable generations of the Wurundjeri People. We thank them for the knowledge and care they have taken of this land before us.

We work hard to minimise our impact on the complex ecosystems, whilst striving to live a more sustainable life, striking balance between preservation of the natural ecosystem and agricultural and horticultural farming.

Moora Moora Cooperative Community consists of 245 hectares, which is 700 metres above sea level and has a rainfall of 1075 millimetres a year. Views are to Melbourne on one side and down the Warburton Valley on the other.

The climate is cool temperate with occasional snow in winter.

On top of the mountain is 40 hectares of undulating grass pastures.  Most land is cleared in this area, except for some forested areas, one of which surrounds a natural clear spring which supplies the property with year-round water.  The spring flows down a gully into a small dam surrounded by trees.  Walking the winding driveway leads to about half an acre of historical English gardens surrounding the Lodge.

We work hard to minimise our impact on the complex ecosystems, whilst striving to live a more sustainable life, striking balance between preservation of the natural ecosystem and agricultural and horticultural farming.

We protect our native Flora and Fauna by exclusion of dogs and cats on the property.

We use nature’s resources as much as possible, particularly solar energy and wind power. The entire community is ‘off grid’ and self sufficient in power and water.

Agriculture

We have many paddocks fenced and available for farming Cattle, poultry, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and pigs for those who wish to do so. Activity in these areas fluctuates with members interests, and who is living at Moora Moora at the time.

Our dam has been regularly stocked over the years with trout, and has abundance of Yabbies. Some members also keep bees.  

Many of us want to become close to self-sufficient in vegetables and fruit, grown organically and bio-dynamically.

We have a Deer fenced Horticultural Area, currently some of this area is leased to our neighbours from Timbarra Farm, who are farming it in addition to their own land as a Market Garden, and members can purchase their vegetables.

The Climate Emergency Group at MM are developing Crops for the community in another area.

There are Pinot Grape vines belonging to one member, and rasberry and blueberries growing belonging to another member.  Berries grow very well on the mountain.

There are many Stone Pine trees surrounding the Horticultural area, and other areas on the property, as there are also Chestnut trees, Hazelnut trees, Apple Orchards, and other food producing crops.  The vision is to expand our food production focussing more on food security. With the impacts of Climate Change, we are readying ourselves to be more self sufficient.

Forests

We have a changing landscape over the altitudinal landscape from Wet Scloerophyll forests, to dry Messmate dominated forests, full of ferns, tea tree and diverse native species.  We are very lucky to have abundance of Lyrebirds, Wombats, Birdlife, Leadbeaters Possums, and many more species we are very keen to protect.

We have a beautiful eco-trail that we maintain for bushwalking and meditation.  

We have a Land Management Committee that involves many portfolio areas, these include:

Land Manager , Weed Control , Feral Animal Control, Forest Ecology, Fire Management , Agricultural Area, Water Health and Infrastructure , Horticulture Production , Machinery and Equipment 

We require involvement and energy from all residents at Moora Moora to address all these portfolio areas, so that we can manage the land in the best possible way.

Challenges

Some of the major challenges we need to address include our Holly infestation, and how to find alternatives to Round Up as a management tool- please let us know if you have a solution!

Also we have a major Deer, Rabbit and Fox problem that we are challenged by.

There are other weed problems that we are constantly working on, and we accept that this is the nature of living on the land, and we knuckle down at monthly work days to try to keep these problems at a ‘workable’ level.