RURAL KNOWLEDGE: Pippa Warren and farmer Robbie Radel at the Nourish Cafe Bundaberg tour of Happy Valley dairy farm in Coalstoun Lakes on October 4.
RURAL KNOWLEDGE: Pippa Warren and farmer Robbie Radel at the Nourish Cafe Bundaberg tour of Happy Valley dairy farm in Coalstoun Lakes on October 4.

Dairy farm tour gets a second milking

A BUNDABERG cafe will again tour Coalstoun Lakes dairy farmer Robbie Radel’s farm, after almost 50 people signed up in October for the first event.

Nourish Cafe, which stocks Mr Radel’s Central Queensland Dairy Fresh Milk, will take a busload out next Saturday to the Happy Valley dairy farm.

North Burnett locals can also participate if they arrange their own transport to Happy Valley.

Nourish’s owner Judy Plath said participants “raved” about the October tour.

“Everyone was just so excited about the adventure of being on a working farm,” she said.

“Once upon a time every family had a cousin or an uncle or a brother who was farming, so their kids had the chance to visit a working farm regularly and understand where their food came from.

Cafe owner Judy Plath at the Nourish Cafe Bundaberg tour of Happy Valley dairy farm in Coalstoun Lakes on October 4.
Cafe owner Judy Plath at the Nourish Cafe Bundaberg tour of Happy Valley dairy farm in Coalstoun Lakes on October 4.

“Unfortunately, in modern times, less and less of us have the chance to visit a working farm.”

At the previous tour, Ms Plath told the Times she was so passionate about independent dairy after members of her extended family lost their dairy farm after deregulation in 2000.

She said she had beloved childhood memories of the farm.

She laid much of the blame for dairy’s demise at the feet of major supermarkets, who engaged in a race to the bottom in the so-called ‘Milk Wars’.

Mr Radel, who is also a North Burnett councillor, said he was excited to again share the story behind his product with customers.

“We produce a boutique milk, which is rich and creamy, and it’s how we manage our herd that creates that great milk,” Mr Radel said.

Click here to book your spot on the tour.

Self-drive tickets are $11+bf.

If self-driving, email judy@nourishcafe.com.au to confirm times.


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