We take the sustainability of our farm very seriously and uphold our commitment to walk lightly on our Earth.
We acknowledge that greenhouse gasses produced by goats and cows contribute to global warming. To offset these emissions, we began a tree planting program three years ago.
To date, we have planted enough trees to offset the annual greenhouse gas emissions from out goats. Our goal is to completely offset the emissions of our cow herd and cheese making processes within five years.
Local rainforest regenerators plant about 200 trees for us every month, using locally collected rainforest seed. So while these trees are busy offsetting our carbon emissions, they are also improving the natural biodiversity of our local area.
All of our cheese and milk packaging is made of 100% recyclable plastic, which we choose over glass due to its lower level of ‘embedded energy’. We have an ongoing commitment to monitor and reduce our business waste and are always looking for new ways of reducing our environmental footprint.
We use 100% ‘Green Power’ which is energy produced from renewable sources.
We have reduced the use of chemical fertilisers by over 80% since we started using composted animal manure as our main source of soil nutrients. This ongoing annual program has the added benefit of helping build up soil carbon, humus and organic matter which, in turn, retains soil moisture and fortifies the soil against erosion.
We have started developing our farm Environmental Management System (EMS) which will provide a documented pathway to monitor our environmental management performance. This is on track to be completed within 12 months.
Supporting local business helps keep money circulating through our local economy. We source as much as we can from small local suppliers, including the chilli jam, infused oils and basil pesto we use in our Billy range of cheeses.