our animals… read on…..
The goats at Nimbin Valley spend sunny days grazing outdoors across 120 hectares of fertile green pastures. They have shelter from the rain and are happy to greet us at five o’clock each morning when it’s time for milking. Their wellbeing is a priority for us, so we don’t feed them genetically modified food or anything else we wouldn’t be happy to eat ourselves.
The goats have their own nutritionist, Bill, and vet, Ray, who help keep them happy, healthy and in top condition. Bill makes sure their diet is balanced with the correct amounts of protein, energy, minerals and vitamins. This in turn, ensures they produce the highest quality and best tasting milk.
Tonya tends to our goats and conducts regular heath checks on each and every member of the herd. If a goat is prescribed antibiotics, she is rested from the milking herd until fully recovered. This is one of the ways we keep our milk and cheeses completely free of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified ingredients.
The people of Nimbin have celebrated locally produced food for generations. From our grandmothers who used their own eggs, milk and butter to make award-winning sponges at the local show, to recent arrivals who harvest macadamias, roast coffee and make their own tofu. Our cheese stands testament this tradition.
Nimbin Vally Dairy lies on a winding country road between Nimbin village and Tuntable Falls in Northern NSW. It’s the home of Kerry, Paul and three sons, together with approximately 150 of the happiest free-ranging goats this side of Capricorn.
Both Kerry and Paul come from a long line of dairy farmers and share a passion for simple wholesome produce. Paul grew up on a dairy at Woodlawn near Lismore where his brother Andew, sister-in-law Kelly and baby Boyd still farm today. Paul studied at the National Centre for Dairy Education, winning the Dairy Australia Cheesemaking Scholarship in 2007. As the family cheesemaker, his talent is the product of his upbringing and a passion for creating great tasting cheeses.
|NIMBIN, site of the famed Aquarius Festival which launched Australian hippie culture in 1973, is understandably more reluctant than most towns to move out of its 1970s time warp; its house facades and shopfronts are painted in lurid, psychedelic designs, its small stores sell health food, incense sticks and patchouli oil, and many of the locals have stuck to their 1970s dress code too. Yet the range of Nimbin’s cafés and restaurants certainly marks it as a place of the 1990s. Most visitors may want to get out of town as quickly as possible, for you’ll invariably be hit up for a dope deal or something stronger once you set foot on the street; some find this threatening (although a simple “no thanks” is enough to deter them), while for others it’s the ulterior motive for coming here.|
|Hall of Fame…party on …. ??|
|Something akin to a “hippie hall of fame”, the Nimbin Museum at 62 Cullen St (hours as they please but usually daily; tel 02/6689 1123; $2 donation) is certainly worth a visit. It’s a weird and wonderful living museum run by hippies, with plenty of local history relating to the Aquarius Festival, Bundjalung Aboriginal culture, and a huge stone phallus in the centre of one room. Ask here about the Annual Hemp Mardi Gras and Drug Law Reform Festival, held around May 1; the place is booked up well in advance so be prepared to camp. If you have affinities with the Green movement, the Nimbin Environmental Centre, also on Cullen Street, might interest you: they publicize and campaign on environmental issues, and can also arrange visits to the Permaculture Centre, a showcase for a system of sustainable agriculture that is gaining ground worldwide but especially in developing countries. The Hemp Embassy down the lane next to the pub is worth a visit too for its display on the uses of hemp.|