Leatherwood Farm 

Leatherwood Farm is a small 680 square metre (0.17 acre) urban farm, only 1.7km from the centre of Smithton, North-West Tasmania, Australia. We’re not a commercial farm, and as such we don’t sell any of the produce that we grow.  Our intention is to grow almost all our food ourselves and we hope to inspire you to start your own vegetable garden at your home.


We subscribe to the ethics and principles of Permaculture.

Permaculture was developed in the 1970s, and is an approach to land management and settlement design that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems. It includes a set of design principles derived using whole-systems thinking. It applies these principles in fields such as regenerative agriculture, town planning, rewilding, and community resilience. Permaculture originally came from “permanent agriculture”, but was later adjusted to mean “permanent culture”, incorporating social aspects. The term was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978, who formulated the concept in opposition to Western industrialized methods and in congruence with Indigenous or traditional knowledge.

Our Primary Goals

Adhere to Permaculture ethics

The three ethics of earth care, people care and fair share make up the foundation of permaculture.

Earth care can be about the planet, but also about the earth beneath your feet. Through this ethic you recognise that you’re acting as part of a larger whole.

People care is about how you care for yourself, your family & friends, and your community.

Fair share comes from a sense of abundance.  Don’t take more than you need, and if you have more than you need, share it.

Follow Permaculture Principles

There are 12 permaculture principles.  We try to follow as many as possible.

1. Observe & Interact
2. Catch & Store Energy
3. Obtain a Yield
4. Apply Self-Regulation & Accept Feedback
5. Use & Value Renewable Resources & Services
6. Produce No Waste
7. Design From Patterns to Details
8. Integrate Rather Than Segregate
9. Use Small & Slow Solutions
10. Use & Value Diversity
11. Use Edges & Value the Marginal
12. Creatively Use & Respond to Change.

More information on what each of these mean can be found at this Wikipedia article.


Grow organic produce & eat only ethically grown meats (in moderation)

We grow our own vegetables, but we do not have livestock (other than egg laying chickens).  We try our very best to only source meats that have been grown in an ethical manner.

Be good, kind people who have high ethics.

It costs nothing to be nice.

Our Blog

Here you’ll find articles on how we farm in an urban environment and hopefully inspire you to start your own back yard vegetable garden, grow your own food and reconnect with nature.

Our Last Few Blog Posts

State Of The Farm – August 2022

It's been a few months since our last entry, mostly because not much has happened that was worth reporting, plus in the last month I started a new job and was quite busy with that. That said, there has been a bit that has happened at the farm.  For one the poly tunnel...

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State Of The Farm – April 2022

Another month has passed and we are still busy working on the inside of the house.  A few delays have pushed out our plans for the garden, but we are still on track to get everything completed by the end of winter and ready for the new growing season. The only thing...

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State Of The Farm – March 2022

Well another month has passed and we are finally in the new house.  The move went well and we have now started the process of renovating the house to our liking.  At the moment we are concentrating on getting all the internal stuff done first before we move on to the...

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State Of The Farm – February 2022

As is the process of buying property, things take time.  Since I last posted not a lot has happened, but the settlement date for the property looms closer. The Vegepod that you saw in last month's update has provided us with fruit, vegetables and herbs for the last...

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State Of The Farm – January 2022

Leatherwood Farm at this time is a Vegepod filled with (too many) vegetables, fruits and herbs. Not a lot is producing at the moment, though we have had a fair amount of lettuce, silverbeet and radishes, as well as the herbs, and there is certainly plenty of growth....

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