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Nimbin Valley Pecans And Rice
- Stall wide Shipping of $13.95 across all purchases from this producer
The Boyle family has been farming in the beautiful Nimbin Valley for over 100 years and Frank is the fourth generation to be involved in agriculture. In 1991 we decided to move away from dairy farming and trial growing pecans, planting 25 pecan trees. Since then our orchard has expanded up to 1500 trees. We have five main varieties to enhance our pollination and to spread our harvest time. Growing pecans is a long term project as the trees take 6 to 10 years to come into commercial production. Making the most of our small production in the early years, we installed a small processing plant which enabled us to value add our product and market direct to our customers, mostly through local farmers markets. This gives us the advantage of processing our nuts fresh each week so our customers get the true taste of pecans. Over the past year we have expanded our product range to include pecan muesli and our unique, delicious pecan spread. We sell most of our crop through the Byron and Bangalow Farmers' Markets, Lismore Produce Market and small, local shops. As our crop increases each year, our fresh pecans will be available more widely and all year round. In 2007 we decided to try growing dryland rice. This method only relies on natural rainfall to grow the crop without using irrigation or paddy fields. Our first crop was only one hectare that yielded 4 ton of rice. Finding someone to remove the husk and turn it into an edible product was a challenge. We were reluctant to truck it all the way to Leeton in the Riverina then truck it all the way back, but fortunately were able to find a small grower only 2 hrs from our farm who was willing to process such a small amount. We ended up with about 2.5 ton of brown rice. Our first day selling rice at the Byron Farmers' Market was amazing; our customers were so excited to have such a staple food grown and available locally. This encouraged us to continue with this enterprise and the demand is growing every week as the word spreads about our lovely flavoursome rice. We use biological farming methods in both our enterprises. This includes using composts, green manure crops and compost teas that are softer on the soil and build soil health in our effort to farm more sustainably. We are committed to a strong, local food supply and food security in the Northern Rivers. Our main outlet for rice and pecans continues to be the local farmers markets but, due to increasing inquiries, we want to make our products available to anyone interested in buying our fresh, wholesome food.