The Boyle family is renowned in the Goolmangar area, having farmed in the Nimbin Valley for over 100 years.
As often happens in multi-generation farming endeavours, the current generation saw changing times – and weather – take them in a new direction. So what started as a dairy farm has been moving in a different path since 1991, with an initial foray into pecans and more recently adding a unique dry land rice.
It wasn’t local weather conditions that prompted the move towards rice.
During a drought in the established NSW rice-growing regions during the mid-2000s, Australian rice company Sunrice turned their attention northward, looking to convert cane-growers to an alternative crop. Frank Boyle, who also taught agriculture at Woodlawn College in Lismore, got some seed at a local field day with a plan to try it out with both his students at school and on the family property.
From that first crop that yielded a modest 2.5 ton of rice, the rest, as they say, is history.
Nimbin Valley Rice now produces brown jasmine rice and a brown medium-grain rice, all of which is grown, processed, packaged – and marketed – by Frank and his wife Andrea themselves. A new Boyle family era!