Emma Lane – The Farm Byron Bay
Good to Grow
The Dharma Door
Our local hills are brimming with creative, interesting folk. Emma Lane – co-founder of The Farm Byron Bay – is happily one of them. Together with her husband Tom, Emma has helped to create a thriving community of growers, producers, eateries and educators at their idyllic Ewingsdale location.
Growing food, farmers and communities with The Farm
We asked ourselves, ‘How can we create a ripple effect, not just about health and wellbeing, but also getting people excited about farmers and make farming a kind of sexy profession again?’
Top 10 family friendly things to do in Byron Bay
The Green Hub
A piglet squeals eager for its morning feed from mother. The chickens scratch beneath the grass in search of bugs our eyes cannot see. A farmer tends to her crop dotted with fresh morning dew. Children gather beneath the macadamia trees foraging for fallen nuts and cracking them open in delight.
Farm tractor fatalities are number 1 – education is vital
Byron Bay’s appeal is its feathers-in-your-hair sense of playfulness and acceptance that is missing almost everywhere else these days. Want to go to the supermarket in your crochet bikini? We love that! Feel like organising a nude cycle with your friends down the main street? Great idea! Want to open an organic/raw/vegan/gluten-free cafe? We’re already lining up! Need a healing tantric or Kundalini massage? Rebirthing breath sessions? Want to become a Reiki Master or learn how to build a sustainable house? You’ve come to the right place.
Johno’s living the good life down on The Farm
While quad bikes are largely considered to be the leading cause of on-farm injuries and deaths it was the tractor, which often slips under the farm safety radar, that accounted for more fatalities in 2016.
Why Byron Bay’s Russian garlic crop is a boom crop for these farmers
The Northern Star
It's 7am and Johnson 'Johno' Hunter, on his first round of the day, walks across the dewy grass to check the cattle enclosure at The Farm .
The Farm: Benevolent vegetable empire grows
The Daily Telegraph
It is supposed to keep vampires away but for everyone else this garlic crop is a magnet. Byron Bay couple Josh and Lynette Dooley have just harvested 500kg of Russian garlic and hope to fetch between $45-55 per kilogram.
Braveheart and Silence unlikely farm friends
Echo Net Daily
More of The Farm’s space is being used in partnership with local organisations such as Liberation Larder to grow staple vegetables for the community. The space offered has the right infrastructure and irrigation ready to go.
How the cutest calf in the world made friends with a lamb
An unusual friendship has blossomed between two farm animals in Byron Bay.
Braveheart the calf was on the brink of death when staff at The Farm nursed him back to health and introduced him to a lamb – the two, becoming star attractions.
Byron Bay’s The Farm: The bravest and cutest calf of all
The Northern Star
A Scottish Highland calf saved from death has formed an unlikely friendship with a fellow farm animal – a lamb.
Braveheart was found smothered in ticks and starving after his mum abandoned him but nowadays enjoys the high life at The Farm Byron Bay with his sidekick Silence, the lamb. The unlikely pair are the best of mates and have been inseparable since they were introduced, said the farm’s general manager Johnson Hunter, who was one of the team who found the sick calf.
Tom and Emma Lane, The Farm Byron Bay
Gold Coast Bulletin
BRAVEHEART the calf shares more than just a name with the 13th Century Scottish warrior who died trying to free his homeland from British rule. Like William Wallace, made famous by Mel Gibson in the movie of the same name, Braveheart the calf is a fighter with true Scottish blood. As well he is easily the cutest and fluffiest calf in Byron Bay.
Your Legacy Project
This interview with Tom and Emma Lane from The Farm Byron Bay sits close to my heart because I am and always will be a country girl. I was born and raised in rural Australia growing up on a sheep and cattle station in Northern NSW. Growing up in outback Australia gave me an extraordinary appreciation for the land, it’s people and their communities. I am delighted to share the work that Emma and Tom are doing with their #legacyproject and I hope that you are inspired by their story, passion, and intention to serve a higher purpose through their daily work.
Wishing at The Farm’s well
Small scale egg producers standing apart from commercialised ‘free-range’ brands.
The Farm’s newly opened wishing well enables Byron visitors to contribute directly to worthwhile local community projects. As The Farm received 500,000 visitors in the past year, the fundraising potential is strong, and 100 per cent of donations will go to the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF), a body that has channelled almost $1m in donations to the local community since 2004.
Hand in hand – Riparian restoration, farming and tourism
The Northern Rivers needs more innovative farmers, but as farmer and food activist Joel Orchard says, access to land is the most pressing need for those who will not one day inherit a farm.
Eat, Bay, Love
North Coast Local Land Services
Brunswick Valley Landcare and The Farm Byron Bay are collaborating to plant over 2000 trees along the eastern headwaters of Simpsons Creek, Ewingsdale.
Grab the kids and enjoy a bit of farming fun
Qantas Inflight Magazine
Once a haven for hippies, Byron Bay has been reborn as a foodie destination. Returning ex-resident David Leser embarks on a tasting tour more sinful than spiritual.
Dining out - The Farm and Three Blue Ducks
Pebbles and Pomegranate Seeds
With a few weeks of the school holidays left, you may be scratching around trying to find things to do with the kids. If you are anywhere within driving distance of Byron Bay (even if it takes a few hours), I have the answer… you need to visit The Farm.
Heading north - Three Blue Ducks
Citizens of the world
It seems odd that we as a society now fetishise the quaint charm of rural farming. Sometimes we get a little Hameau de la Reine vibe (Marie Antoinette’s little rural town she built to ‘play’ farm peasant back in 1783) the way restaurants are incorporating herb gardens and live animals into their dining experiences (to almost staggering levels of success). Embracing the grit and the smell of livestock, it seems customers are loving getting their hands a little bit dirty when it comes to fine food.
Country Style Magazine
The boys behind Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks invite us to their new place on a farm near Byron Bay for a laid-back Christmas lunch… To read the full article, grab a copy of this months Country Style magazine.