Our Shire’s fertile basalt soils, high rainfall and subtropical climate supports a rich and diverse farming community producing things such as macadamias, avocados, bananas, coffee, pork, vegetables, bush foods, dairy, beef and flowers.
Byron’s entrepreneurial spirit has seen many of our farmers and local businesses 'value-add' to raw produce, turning it into a variety of food products such as cheeses, spirits, oils, cured meats, small goods, muesli, sauces, jams, relishes and artisan breads.
Agriculture and value-adding agribusinesses are vital to Byron Shire and the region. Locals and visitors value the ‘clean and green’ produce for sale on the side of our roads, at our farmers markets and our restaurants.
Our community feels strongly about protecting our farms and their produce. With continued pressure from urbanisation and climate change, Byron Shire Council needs to ensure that we have sustainable farms in years to come.