REGEN FARMING AT THE PINES
A Sustainable Community
We are The Pines, a family-owned and operated dairy farm located on the scenic hills of Kiama, NSW. Although we are small, we place a huge emphasis on sustainability and enhancing our precious ecosystem. We put the wellbeing of our animals, and the land at the forefront of everything we do and our regenerative farming practices ensures nothing from the farm goes to waste.
Everything we make, including our famous mouth-watering gelato, delicious organic cheeses and creamy milk is a pasture to plate experience that will tickle your tastebuds.
In 2020 we installed 60kw Solar with a 60kw Battery system allowing us to power our farm and trade excess energy as part of a carbon track initiative. The savings are immense, as we have no more power interruptions on our farm due to adverse weather events.
The ability to draw down carbon and store it in the soil allows us to remove synthetic fertilisers and chemical inputs and replace them with biodynamic composts and organic fertiliser; we have provided bio-available nutrients that can be sprayed back over the pasture. This allows for a healthier plant, increased photosynthesis, deeper root systems and high carbon sequestration.
By Cross-breeding a dual-purpose breed – dairy and beef traits – we have established an important value-added stream to our offering. Our Steers play an important role in our holistic grazing system and form part of a larger mob of dry cows and young stock that cell grazes the hilly pastures that our dairy herd can’t access. This high-rotation holistic grazing pattern and our work to improve soil health provide the cows with a rich and varied diet.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation, founded to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.
Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.
The Pines has been awarded the ‘Snail of Appreciation’ for the last 5 years in recognition of the work we do to align with Slow Food Principals. We were also the recipients of Slow Food grant funding in 2019 and 2021 to further endeavours and learning.