Farm gate tour perfect fit for Hannam Vale organic dairy

Hastings Farm Gate Tour 2021 perfect fit for Benmar Farm at Hannam Vale

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Knowledge sharing: Carissa Wolfe and Karyn Cassar look forward to welcoming visitors to Benmar Farm during the Hastings Farm Gate Tour program. Photo: Benmar Farm

Knowledge sharing: Carissa Wolfe and Karyn Cassar look forward to welcoming visitors to Benmar Farm during the Hastings Farm Gate Tour program. Photo: Benmar Farm

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Benmar Farm has joined the Hastings Farm Gate Tour as a participating property.

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The decision to open Benmar Farm to the public during the Hastings Farm Gate Tour program was a no-brainer for Carissa Wolfe and Karyn Cassar.

The Hannam Vale dairy farmers love to bring food eaters to the place where food is made.

They feel ethical or conscious eating comes down to knowing where your food comes from.

"We really enjoy our tours and we really enjoy engaging with the public and having the farm open to the public in that sense," Carissa said.

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Benmar Farm is among the rural and urban properties set to open their gates to the public for the Hastings Farm Gate Tour across the June long weekend.

Carissa and Karyn found the 178 hectare property at Hannam Vale during an 18-month search from Bega to the Queensland border which took into account factors including weather, location and business viability.

The leased property has a long dairying tradition.

Farm experience: Visitors meet some of the cows at the Hannam Vale property. Photo: Benmar Farm

Farm experience: Visitors meet some of the cows at the Hannam Vale property. Photo: Benmar Farm

Karyn, who grew up on NSW's South Coast, completed a dairy apprenticeship after high school.

Carrisa spent her childhood in Montana in the US and went on to work in the corporate world.

Karyn and Carissa devoted a decade to running a farm services business in the US, and in the process, stocking their tool kit with a broad understanding of the dairy industry and the fundamentals of good decision-making.

Benmar Farm, which is certified organic, follows regenerative agriculture principles.

Karyn and Carissa have a philosophy that their actions should strengthen the animals, land or human capital.

"We want the animals to be able to reach their lifespan with all comfort and all care better than if they were on their own in the wild," Carissa said.

"We want everyone to feel balanced."

Benmar Farm will offer three mini-tours daily during the Hastings Farm Gate Tour from June 12 to 14.

The Hastings Farm Gate Tour has found a home with the Port Macquarie Hastings Sustainability Network.

The participating farmers will take visitors on tours of their properties, highlighting production methods, conservation initiatives and unique aspects of their properties.

Details can be found at the Port Macquarie Hastings Sustainability Network website.

The non-refundable ticket price is $40 for a carload of people to take part in the self-drive program.

Tickets are available through the Eventbrite website.

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