Making Goats Cheese in Napier
Domino Farm Goats Cheese kind of happened by accident. We’ve always been collectors of orphaned animals, so it was not really that surprising when I came home from a trip to buy a fireplace with 60 goats and a cheese factory! For a graphic designer and a geologist, becoming dairy farmers has been quite a learning curve, but here we are… loving it!
We farm by organic principals, the 3 R’s – Recycle, Reuse, and Repurpose – are pretty much a way of life here on the farm, as we utilise our waste products and produce much of our own energy. Like using glass bottles (with refundable deposit) rather than plastic, this means we can meet rigorous hygiene standards of the dairy industry and still address our environmental concerns.
Forcing our parents out of retirement, and impressing our teenage son into farm tasks, we keep Domino Farm, for the most part, a family business. It does mean a lot of hard work, but when we look out at the sun setting on the mountains (over a well earned glass of local wine) we know it’s all worthwhile.
Domino Farm is not just our business, it’s our home, and a place so inspirational to us we want to share it with the world. Not only by producing a range of fabulous 100% goat milk cheeses and scrumptious homemade preserves, but by inviting visitors to the farm too. There’s nothing I love more than a captive audience to listen to my farm stories and introduce to my ‘bokkie ladies’. It’s also our pleasure, and our privilege to share the abundance of our land at the ‘Farmer’s Table’ (cheese tastings and lunches of farm produce for small groups are available by arrangement). But if you can’t come and visit us, perhaps you can have a little taste of our paradise by ordering some of our products on line.
Jeanette & Simon