Yamstick’s name comes from ganay, an indigenous word for a rod shaped digging tool used to dig yams. Our adjacent nature reserve is named after it.
We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to live and operate in such a pristine, natural environment. We believe that helps us create great tasting produce. Yamstick is surrounded by the beautiful but rugged Ganay Nature Reserve and Gladstone State Forest with the imposing Mount Gladstone the highest peak in the region plus its surrounding forest dominating the local backdrop. Both are large natural catchments for the water courses running through our property.
We share our home with a plenty of native fauna and flora. There are an extensive range of birds, frogs and insects that provides an orchestra of sounds constantly varying throughout the day. Casually lounging carpet pythons, large yellow tailed black cockatoos with an amazing ability to eat the kernel out of macadamia and pecan nuts and wandering wallabies are all common as is a spread of bushtucker plants. There are also various predators including the occasional wedge tail eagle, hawk, wild dog or fox that we are largely reliant on our Maremma’s Snowy and Storm to help protect our roaming layers.
In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the people of the Gumbaynggirr nation, the Traditional Owners of the lands on which Yamstick Farm now stands. We wish to pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal people continue to play within our local community.
The Gumbaynggirr nation covers a large portion of the mid north coast from the Nambucca River northward to the Clarence River and inland to the Northern Tablelands. The Gumbaynggirr people have occupied this land for thousands of years, forming one of the largest coastal Aboriginal nations in New South Wales. They are renowned as the ‘sharing people’ because their land was so rich that food and other resources were commonly shared with other indigenous nations.