A new generation of organic farmers is putting their stamp on the farm.
This is the story of how a family of four from Tamai, New Zealand, took a step toward sustainable farming and turned their farm into a destination for the nation’s elite.
Meet Tamais Mills Family Farms:Tamai Mills family farms are the largest organic farm in the country.
It’s one of the few organic farms in New Zealand that’s operated for over a century, according to the Organic Consumers Association.
“It’s a very unique place.
It has so many things in common with the farm that we know so well,” says Toma Mills, a farmer and the son of farmers and dairymen from the Mills family.
“The cows have their milk here, and the sheep have their wool.
It was all just natural.”
The farm’s founders, Toma and Jana Mills, were looking for a way to save money, and to do so they turned to their beloved goat.
“We’ve always had a passion for goats,” says Jana.
“We’ve been farmers for more than 70 years.
We love goats.
They are very important to our family and we just wanted to save a little bit of money.
We have a very strong belief that we’re the best value for our farm, and we wanted to go ahead and do that.”
Toma and his family grew up on their family farm.
Their grandfather, Jana, was a butcher and his mother worked in a butcher shop.
“My mother was a farmer, and she was always telling me that we need to save some money so we can have a better life,” says Tamaa Mills.
“So she started making goat milk, and when I was in the ninth grade, we went to buy milk for the goats.
We saved up for five years, and then we were able to purchase our first goat in the early ’80s.”
Tomas farm is a testament to the importance of natural farming, and it’s not just for cows.
Organic farms can also offer a healthy alternative to conventional dairy, and this has been evident in the farming world for a while.
“If organic is the way to go, then I think that is a very healthy path,” says Mills.
In addition to their own animals, the Millss also raise sheep, and their cattle are fed organic grain.
“They are very, very nutritious, and they’re very, well cared for,” says John Mills.
He says organic farming is also environmentally friendly, because “it’s using fewer animals for production, so we save resources.”
As a result, the family farm is growing a steady stream of customers, and is expanding into new areas of New Zealand.
“It’s really amazing what our customers are coming back to us,” says Thomas Mills.
“They’re coming back because they love what we’re doing.
We’re not going to be able to keep doing this as long as we do, because there are other options,” says his son.
“People are going to come to us, and that’s the way it’s going to go for the rest of the country.”
The family is not alone.
Organic food is spreading to a wider audience.
“A lot of people are just starting to come into the organic market,” says Mika Mills.
She is the CEO of the Organic Association of New South Wales (OANSA).
“I think that organic food is really going to change the way people think about their food.
We are seeing that the food that’s being sold is really good, but there are some very good organic alternatives.”
Mika is one of more than 3,500 people who have signed up for OANSA’s “I’m organic” program.
She says the success of the program is partly due to the fact that many consumers are now paying attention to the food they eat.
“I would say that organic has grown a lot over the last 10 years.
It is something that is growing very rapidly in New South and around the world.
People are really starting to pay attention to it.”
The Millss are not the only farmers to embrace the growing organic movement.
The organic market is estimated to be worth $1.7 trillion annually, according a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Organic farmers, according the OANPA, also own a combined market value of more that $6 trillion.