Lead photo: hopefully the resolution is okay- Photo 4-5-18, 3 58 23 pm.jpg- ‘John and I standing in the same spot, 2 years apart’
Country Valley is one of our key suppliers, brand partner and of course our mates, having supplied us with cream since the very beginning. On Friday 4th May I went out to the farm to visit my good mate John Fairley to see the very real impact of the drought they are facing at the moment. John’s father, who is 83 years old, a 5th generation dairy farmer who has worked the farm his whole life, has never seen it this bad.
Working closely with John, I knew they were facing very tough times, but it wasn’t until I went out there and saw what are usually lush green paddocks, their flowing creek and full dam as bare dirt, that it really hit home for me. They need our help.
Picton is only an hour from us in Sydney, but with the sun shining here, water available around us and produce at the shops, it is often easy to forget that our farmers don’t have it so easy. But week in and week out they are at our farmers markets and delivering to our locals to keep our families fed. All the while they are facing a period of drought that affects their land, animals, families, livelihoods, staff, and their local community.
As is Aussie tradition we like to help our mates in times of (desperate) need, fingers crossed we do get some rain sooner rather than later to fill the dams and paddocks with green grass, but in the mean time we have no option but to buy in hay and water to feed the herd of 130 cows and calves throughout the coming winter.
We’d like to propose the ‘Adopt a Cow’ through winter, where as a business or an individual you can sponsor a cow, for as little or as much as you like, which you can name if you like, and you can also visit the farm at an organised time and introduce yourself to the cow (and to John of course). You can then milk a cow, help to feed the calves and take home some Country Valley dairy.
What can you do to help?
Adopt a cow to support it through winter, for as little or as much as you can.
To adopt your cow, send your details through and they can register you in the Cow Diary. Email email@example.com or call the office and speak to Sally or Tom Fairley- 02 46772223.
Support our farmers by buying Country Valley from their market stalls across Sydney and Canberra, or at your local- http://www.countryvalley.com.au/suppliers/. We all buy milk, but we don’t all think where it comes from and who we are supporting. Buy local, and support local.
Share their story- whether it is with your family, a friend, a colleague, or a stranger. We may not feel the effects of this because we aren’t living it, but this is the news we all need to know and share.