When we first brought our property that was to become Jacican, there were only three fruit trees.

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The kitchen garden when we first brought the property in 2008

Before us, there were rumours that the ¾ acre property had a full self-sufficient garden, but the previous owner had mown over it over 20 years, and there was very little left.

One ancient plum tree, an apple, and an ornamental peach – that was it.

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The ancient plum tree - one of the original three fruit trees at Jacican

Over the 13 years we have been living here, there are now three apples, three hazelnuts, a feijoa, a medlar, seven citrus, two mulberries, a quince, three babacos, a pear, three peaches, two apricots, a nectarine, a cherry, two figs, a new plum, and the old plum.

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Fruit tree - bare of leaves - waiting for a winter prune

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Seven different citrus fruit trees are now in the Jacican Kitchen garden

Along with currents, raspberries, strawberries, edible natives, herbs, passionfruit, flowers, and annual and perennial vegetables. 

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Babacos - also called champagne fruit

You can see the change.

We learned how to look after the fruit trees.

When they needed to be pruned, prune them with what, when, and where on the tree.

And we are still learning …

If you would like to learn to we are running a winter pruning class on Saturday 7th of August 2021. 

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The kitchen garden at Jacican in 2021.


Walk amongst the weeds

jacican harvest lunch

Cooking Classes

jacican preserving cooking class

Private Classes

jacican pastry cooking class pasties

Acknowledgment of country

Hello, I’m Jaci Hicken, from the lands of the Brataualung clan, which is where I’ve spent most of my life.

I would like to acknowledge all of us here today to cook together and share a meal.

I love sharing my dream of growing the food this country has to offer and share it with you.

The traditional place that we come together today is on the lands Gunaikurnai people

And I’d like to pay my respects to our elders past, present, emerging leaders, along with all the young people in our community.

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