The Paddock is Encompass Community Services’ 7-acre farm in Leopold that provides a unique setting and offers a fantastic opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds to explore new experiences and learn new skills.
It is a leader in social and therapeutic horticulture (gardening); promoting a ‘paddock to plate’ lifestyle, passionately implementing sustainable living practices in daily life (particularly encouraging zero or less food miles).
Produce at the farm is grown spray-free using organic principles and sustainable food production practices.
At present, The Paddock grows and supplies seedlings to local farmers; as well as supply seasonal produce to local cafes/restaurants. It also has a nursery that provides commercial propagation to several farms in the region, apart from being an accessible and inclusive space for skills development and community skill-sharing.
Regular ‘Pick Your Own Produce’ days run during the summer period (and intermittently for the remainder of the year), opening the farm to the public to pick their own produce straight from the ground. Vulnerable members of the local community also benefit from this activity; helping to alleviate some food security issues within the region.
In partnership with The Flying Brick Cider Co, the farm operates an apple cider orchard with over 600 apple trees and 16 varieties of heritage apple. An exclusive Encompass cider is expected soon.