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Dryland rice from Marlivale

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What’s been a tragedy for many at the start of the year has been a blessing for some farmers, like Neville Singh and his banana plantation, like Frank Boyle and his brown rice. All that rain and all those fertile floodplains are precisely what enable the latter to produce his dryland crops, a perfectly sustainable and environmentally friendly way to grow rice.

What used to be known as Nimbin Valley Rice and Pecans has morphed into Marlivale Farm, the name of the homestead. The one-time dairy farm at Goolmangar, near Nimbin, has been producing pecans for the past few decades and for half that time the rice. The Northern Rivers is unique in Australia for growing dryland rice – sometimes referred to as ‘upland’ rice – thanks to its abundance of rainfall (we know), its pristine clean green environment, and its subtropical climate. And Frank’s brown rice has been a much-in-demand feature at the local farmers markets for a long time now. Not only the rice, but also the brown jasmine rice, the brown rice crumbs (an excellent gluten-free way to crumb foods like fish) and the very popular brown rice cakes. ‘They’re very healthy,’ says Mac. ‘They’re literally just rice with nothing added – no preservatives.’ As I crunch into a rice cake I realise it’s a far cry from the cardboardy ones from supermarkets I’m used to (and avoid).

And the pecans. While they’re not a dryland crop, the farm’s dams are used to irrigate them in the spring. They’re blended into a gorgeous spread which, Mac tells me, is ‘more versatile than peanut butter.’ (Think pestos and smoothies…) Gluten free, it’s made of nothing more than the nuts lightly roasted then blended with their own natural oils. ‘There’s some caramelisation,’ Mac says, ‘but it’s not overly sweet.’ And of course it’s perfect smeared on to the brown rice cakes!

Find Marlivale Farm every Tuesday at New Brighton Farmers Market 8–11am and Mullumbimby Farmers Market, every Friday 7–11am.

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  1. It’s always been known as Upland Rice, I grow it myself.
    Upland Rice is ridiculously productive, I have to strengthen mine up so that it doesn’t bend onto the ground when it goes to seed.
    Always wondered why anyone bothers with paddies here. Paddies are just for countries where it rains all the time. They act as little dams. We have pumps and Upland Rice doesn’t require much watering.
    You get a much high yield per acre than Wheat. Of course Rice is a lot less nutritious.


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