They are one of the smaller scale growers that supplies Barrett Burston Malting’s Perth plant, but their farm, Border Reivers, is home to the biggest satellite dish in Australia – owned by the European Space Agency. New Norcia itself is well known as an old Benedictine community and home to a Benedictine Monastery built in the 1840s which is also a retreat center open to visitors.
The Nixons are now getting ready to harvest the barley they planted in May this year. Their harvest takes place between late October and early November each year, and the grain is then sent straight to the Barrett Burston maltings.
Tim grows Flinders, which is a very new barley variety. He has been growing this for BBM for the past three years. It’s quite a niche variety, favoured by BBM and brewers in recent years. But it’s also an easy variety to grow compared to others that Tim has grown in the past, well suited to the soil and weather conditions in the area, and the grain quality is consistently good.