Farm owner plants jobs seed with Byron project set to open
ONE of the region's largest agri-tourism projects is set to open its doors on March 23.
The Farm Byron Bay will provide visitors with the opportunity to witness and learn about life on a working farm.
Tom Lane and his wife Emma have created the farm on a 32-hectare site on Ewingsdale Rd.
Mr Lane said the development would provide chemical-free crops while people would be also able to access a farm shop, 90-seat restaurant and a children's playground.
Visitors will also be able to take part in yoga classes while a kids' school holiday program has been planned.
The farm will also be home to chickens, cattle and a piggery.
"Grow, feed, educate is still our motto," Mr Lane said.
"It's the biggest project we've ever done, but for the right reasons."
Mr Lane said the development would provide up to 100 jobs in the area.
He has also invited local farmers to rent a parcel of the land to grow produce that can be used in the restaurant or sold locally.
"We are hoping they will share the risk and reap the reward," he said.
Mr Lane said the inspiration for the development was teaching his own children where food came from and how it could be raised sustainably.
Long-time organic farmer Robin Wolfe, from Myocum, will help mentor the horticulture team, while those behind the award-winning Three Blue Ducks cafes in Bronte and Falls Creek, will operate the eatery.
Mr Lane previously enjoyed a successful career with clothing/accessory fashion label Oroton.
He then managed modular construction machinery business Quicksmart Homes.
He moved to Federal in December but has been a long-time visitor to the area.