SUSTAINABILITY

AS A SMALL BUSINESS, LOCATED IN A VERY SPECIAL PART OF THE WORLD, WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH WE LIVE AND WORK. WE STRIVE TO ALWAYS CONDUCT OURSELVES IN A MANNER THAT IS ETHICAL, RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE AND APPLY THIS ETHOS TO EVERY STAGE OF OUR BUSINESS.

 

We are mindful that we are a considerable drawcard for visitors to our region and try to conduct ourselves with integrity and in a way that respectfully shares our island and our way of life with our visitors without allowing them, or us, to exploit it or detract from it. Our intention is that our overall contribution to our region is a positive one and that we manage our business in harmony with the local community and environment.

We aim to achieve our sustainability and ethical targets through our dedication to the following:

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

Our cheese and beer production is located on the Bruny Island, in southern Tasmania. Bruny Island is highly regarded for its natural, rugged beauty. Our operation on Bruny Island has been designed to minimise power and water inputs. The waste water is treated onsite and recycles as irrigation water. The main by-products of our cheese and beer production are whey and spent grain, both of which are captured and used as a nutritional feed for pigs at our farm. These pigs are then sold through our shop in the form of sausages and bacon, closing the loop.

Our dairy at Glen Huon sits along the beautiful Huon River and has achieved Organic Certification – reflecting our dedication to responsible farming practices and animal welfare. In the near future, we will add a solar power and battery facility at our Glen Huon farm to further reduce our carbon footprint.

We operate our farm completely transparently and welcome visitors to come and engage with our approach to agriculture and question us about our philosophy.

 

THE COMMUNITY

Bruny Island is a remote island of 700 residents. As one of the larger businesses on Bruny Island, we take seriously our responsibility to understand the nature of living and working on a place like Bruny Island and to contribute positively to our community without exploiting it. We do this in many ways, some obvious and some more subtle.

We are sensitive to the complexities of running a business where other choose to live and support the wish of the local community to keep Bruny Island as unspoilt as possible.

 

THE ECONOMY

We directly support the local economy by preferentially employing and training local residents and by deliberately choosing to work with local businesses and by supporting local causes wherever possible. We are passionate Tasmanians and promote our region wherever we go. The combined efforts of our business has contributed greatly to the local economy and we are proud of this contribution.

As we further develop our farm and start to welcome visitors and move some of our cheesemaking to the Huon Valley, we look forward to adding value to the Huon Valley community and economy in a similar way to how we have contributed to Bruny Island.