Brae practices regenerative farming. Chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides have been eliminated from Brae Farm and efforts focused on improving soil health and land regeneration. Thousands of native trees and plants have been planted on the 20 acre property, improving biodiversity for fauna and flora and reducing our carbon footprint.
Brae is water-efficient. Tanks with a total capacity of 160,000 litres capture rainwater for cooking, washing and drinking in both the restaurant and guest suites. Three dams capture run-off used to irrigate vegetables.
Brae generates solar energy. an average of 17 megawatt hours of solar electricity is generated on-site annually, offsetting 1.34 tonnes of carbon each month.
Brae composts waste. A closed-loop composting program diverts around 100kg of food scraps and green waste from land-fill daily, creating rich compost for soil regeneration and vegetable production.
Brae reduces waste. Brae is a low-waste kitchen. Excess fruits and vegetables are pickled, fermented and preserved for later use. A water filtration and carbonation system has removed the need for single-use glass water bottles. Takeaway coffee cups have been eliminated and paper straws replaced with steel. Compostable bin liners are used in guest suites and bathrooms. Milk is delivered from a local biodynamic farm in re-fillable 20-litre stainless steel pails and returnable glass bottles. Chemical-free Ewater systems is used for cleaning and sanitising, reducing our reliance on chemicals. Menu paper is re-purposed as guest suite note pads and all other paper and glass recycled. Paper wine lists have been replaced with electronic tablets. Sustainably-sourced organic cotton bed linen, towels and robes enter a textile recycling program at end of life to divert spent linen from landfill. Clay from Brae’s dams and ash from the wood fire are used by Victorian ceramicists, Cone 11 to create dinnerware and by potter, Colin Hopkins, to create dining room sculptures. 100% of our waste water is processed on site with dispersal water used for irrigation.
Brae’s accommodation is carbon neutral. Six guest suites, built in 2016 to passive solar design principles, feature recycled materials, solar energy, double glazing, harvested rainwater and a worm farm biological waste treatment system, resulting in a building with zero net emissions.
Brae practices and encourages energy efficiency. In 2022 four electric vehicle charging stations were installed for guest and staff use.