Farmer Profile

Jy Paxton

Jy Paxton

 Caloundra QLD 4551, Australia
South East Queensland
 Jy~ Trailing Spouse/ Homeschool Dad Tani~Midwife Educator (AVI for DFAT)
 Jy~ Roadworks, machine operator, FIFO infrastructure, Earthworks, Business Owner Tiling Tani~Core Midwife, Outreach Mentor, Radio
 1-3 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Viticulture 4
  • Beef 2
  • Goats 2
  • Sheep 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 4
  • Human Resources 4
  • Marketing 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Accounting 4
  • Book Keeping 4
  • Orcharding 4
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Sales 3
  • Cropping 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Agronomy 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Jy and Tani are both educators and have a strong background in this

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Organic 4
  • Biodynamic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Permaculture 4
  • Urban 3
  • Conventional 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Jy~ Self educating in the field of pastured poultry, market gardening via biointensive methodsfor two years in preparation for finding the right property. 2017 Permaculture design course, 2016 Senior First Aid, 2014 Frontline managment course, 2002 - 2012 Business operator inc. bookkeeping Tani~ Stay at home Mum for ten years, we grew our own food, kept chickens and a pig. We had a taste of farm life on our 1/2 acre block. In 2016 we travelled Australia for a year an housesat a 40 acre property in Trentham VIC for 7 weeks. Incredible experience maintaining the land, along with horses, donkeys, alpacas, dogs and chickens. Followed by spending time at Fig Tree Organic farm in Inverell with incredible mentor farmer Glen Morris. Qualifications 2014 Centre For Sustainable Leadership (CSL) Rural Leaders graduate, 2014 Bachelor of Midwifery (SCU), 2015 Disaster and Emergency Response (Red Cross), 2017 Masters of International Public Health (USYD)

Why are you passionate about farming?

Having our daughters has made us reevaluate our impact on the earth. A large family means a greater impact and a greater responsibility to ensure forward thinking action to enable a sustainable environment for their future. Not just sustainable, more than that. We want to educate young people about where their food comes from, how they can and should be involved with food soverinty and feed the generations to come. We all know water is essential to life but its clean, healthy water that is needed. And just as important, is mineral dense, non GMO, quality food. We are very aware that quality food impacts at all stages of life and that optimal nutrition for the more vunerable in our communities (children, women of childbearing age and the eldrely) is essentially a human right. Aligning our passions of ethical animal treatment with regenerative, holistic farming we are aiming to set the best example possible to our children and inspire future farmers.

Best days of being a farmer:

Situated in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, close enough to reach the coast and Brisbane within an hour. Our farm will be between 10 - 60 acres with pastured fields, two to three dams and water supply. A four bedroom home with solar, a stable and room to build a paddock to plate restaurant. We are waking up at dawn to feed and move animals to fresh pasture, followed by breakfast sourced from our established orchard and gardens. Before lunch we harvest the market garden and sit down over lunch with corporate clients to negotiate ongoing contracts for functions at the resturant. The afternoon is spent on horseback checking fencelines, training interns, preparing for markets and clients.