Saturday, February 04, 2006

Welcome to Our Farm!!

Eden Hope is a certified Biodynamic and organic dairy farm located 12 kilometres outside Gympie in the South-East corner of Queensland, Australia. The farm is approximately 64.4 hectares (159 acres) in size and currently stocks around 150 head of cattle. The main cattle breed is Jersey, with several cross-breeds in the herd.

The milk produced by the cows is extremely rich and of a very high quality. The farm-label milk is processed at the local Cooloola Milk factory and is available throughout Gympie and the Sunshine Coast. One key feature of our product is that we can guarantee that the milk you buy under the Eden Hope label is from the Eden Hope farm. This feature allows you, the consumer, to truly experience the seasonal changes that we experience here on the farm.

Our journey over the last few years has been quite an adventure in terms of stepping outside the square. Glenn has always been known for his ability to challenge the 'experts' and has often changed his farming practices despite industry consultants telling him that 'it'll never work' or 'that's not going to grow in your area'. By changing his thinking and how he views the world, Glenn has seen immense change both on our farm and within himself.

The neighbouring dairyfarmers often shake their heads at our practices but we can see that the way we have chosen to farm is sustainable and lower in costs than our previous choices. It would be hard to imagine many dairyfarmers thanking their cows for their milk and wishing them a lovely day, good grazing and 'see you tomorrow!'. Our cows respond to this by rushing in to the dairy and giving their milk freely. Illness in the cattle is a thing of the past. Mastitis is very rare which means medication is never used. If we are required to treat a cow for any reason, we use a combination of homeopathy, nutritional supplements (vitamins and minerals) and kinesiology. It is obvious to farm visitors that the main reason for our cows health and happiness is the love they receive from us.

Over the months, we hope to paint such a picture for you that you will feel as though you are actually helping with the milking each morning. There's another reason why our cows are so happy and unstressed - we only milk once per day!

At the time of writing, the weather is extremely humid and hot. We expect that this will herald some rain in the not-too-distant future. We rejoice in the rain and have learnt, through the recent drought, that you can never have too much - at least where we live!!

Our love is in our milk.......taste the difference!!


At 2:17 pm, Blogger Glenda said...

I just wanted to say a huge thank you.
I am so excited as the Kilcoy IGA has got your milk in for us. I had asked for Organic and previously they had only had Parmalatt organic milk. Yours is so much more than regular organic.
It is so hard to get organic milk here, we are 40 kms inland from Kilcoy, so we are picking it up once a week and freezing it. I would love to know if you are delivering any further inland. Thanks so much

At 6:44 pm, Blogger minty said...

we think your farm sounds lovely however we were just wondering what happens to the calves when they are born. Do they stay with their mothers? And do they get fed by their mothers, and if so for how long?
we are very interested in animal welfare and want to buy milk from somewhere that treats its calves as well as their mothers.

At 7:57 am, Blogger LS said...

I find your milk great in taste texture and of course the greatest benefit Organic. I purchased the milk at Flannerys Chermside.

At 7:28 pm, Blogger Bee said...

I am wondering are your cows grass fed?
I am really struggling to find organic milk from grass fed cows.

At 11:30 am, Blogger Lisa said...

I am really happy that the Maleny IGA stocks your wonderful milk!
it is the only milk I use now and everyone who has tried the milk I have says it is the best milk they have ever tasted.
I have a teenage boy at home so we go through about 4-6 litres a week! I am glad that IGA have it on their online shopping cart too as I often order groceries online to be delivered to my son while I am away.
I have long held a theory about the effects of homogenisation on milk and the problems caused by "blasted" milk fat molecules dispersing into liquid and wonder if this is the true cause of the increases in heart disease in recent years. Would love to hear what you think about this.
When we were kids none of our milk was homogenised and now it's almost impossible to find un-homogenised milk anywhere!
Love that you thank your cows and send them love, and it shows in the lovely milk they bring us!
keep up the great work!

At 11:03 pm, Blogger Nita said...

Hello wonderful people (and cows!!),

My 2 young sons reckon Your milk is the best and SWEETEST ever!! We can really taste the LOVE !
Good on You-s for thinking and acting 'outside of the box', let those neighbour farmers shake their heads, their milk will never taste as good...
Keep up the good work!


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