As the main agricultural industry in Kangaroo Valley (my home town), dairy farmers struggle to keep farms running while consumers pay only $1/Lt for their milk. A conversation with a local farmer sparked the idea of a dairy cooperative, producing their own products and aiming toward the large tourist industry in the valley, selling and educating. With a better understanding of how food is produced, hopefully consumers will begin to appreciate where their food comes from and choose to not only support the undervalued farmers but reduce the amount of food we currently waste (up to 20% of what we purchase).
The factory produces handmade artisan cheese, butter + ice cream using traditional techniques and allows visitors to view the entire process from milk drop off to the [sometimes multiple year] aging in sandstone caves.
Atop the factory, a space is provided for the community to gather for events + markets to celebrate other local produce, art and performance, taking advantage of the stunning Northern view of the Kangaroo Valley River + escarpment beyond + connecting to the existing township.