Sustainability has permeated through every facet of Brookfarm since day one.
Since 1989, Pam and Martin Brook have converted a run-down dairy farm in the Byron Bay hinterland into a thriving macadamia orchard and have regenerated an ancient rainforest. Over 4,000 macadamia trees have been planted, as well as over 35,000 rainforest and eucalypt trees.
Home to native insects and bees, platypus, owls, koalas, turtles, water dragons, snakes and birds, the natural balance is able to be maintained as a fully integrated farm system.
- We have several pairs of breeding owls on the farm. Each pair of owls can consume up to 1,200 rats and mice a year.
- We use tiny trichogramma wasps to keep the macadamia destroying Nut Borer at bay.
- We have many hives of Carbonaria bees (Native Australian bees) who do an amazing job of pollinating our macadamia, rainforest and eucalypt trees.
- We ensure our soil is extremely healthy as this is up to 60% more effective in capturing carbon and in turn, slowing climate change.
Scroll down for Brookfarm’s regeneration progress throughout the years.