Farm Opportunities Sought:
- Vendor Finance
What have you been doing to get farm ready?
I have purchased all equipment required to run a farm - tractor (BCS) with power harrow, rotary plough, tiller.
packing shed infrastructure,
farmers market set up,
website - www.lifeforcefarm.org.au
and everything else you need to run a small farm business....
In 2018, I was also awarded a scholarship to participate in a cut flower production course, which was run online from one of the most successful small flower farms in the world - Floret, (https://www.floretflowers.com/) I have been bringing cut flower production into my system, and would love to expand this area - particularly into natives.
I have spent much time learning to grow commercially - mostly by making a lot of mistakes, and having crop failures, as well as learning a lot online, reading everything I could find on market gardening, buying online courses (2) - both of which are amazing, listening to podcasts, and generally indulging my passion for small scale organic farming from all around the world....i basically have become a farm geek :)
I am a very focused, passionate and determined farmher, and I believe in my vision, and would love to have the opportunity to own my own farm.
Why are you passionate about farming?
I want to be the change I wish to see in the world.
I want to see changes in the way we use land, the way our local and national food systems work, and the way we care for all the animals, insects and other beings in our environment. I have built this small farm to demonstrate that bio-intensive, organic agriculture can be sustainable in all ways - and could once more provide for the local communities in which they are situated for the benefit of all.
I would also like to see the creation of an organic growers co-operative in the region, to support farmers to access more markets reliably, and to provide more access to local produce in our region. I am on the Byron Shire Agricultural Cluster Group which has been organised by Byron Shire Council to look at some of the issues faced by local farmers - I wrote a submission to council in 2018.
I have also written a course called "The Business Of Permaculture", which I have taught at Byron Shire Community College in 2018, and I have been invited to teach it at Geoff Lawton's Permaculture Research Institute. My intention in sharing this course is to create more successful small scale organic farms...many new farmers do not understand business and how the local food system works, and I also want to spread the idea about working co-operatively as growers.
Best days of being a farmer:
My dream farm is in Nth NSW, it is important for me to be close enough to major freight routes, as I supply my produce to wholesale customers as well as driving to the Gold Coast to attend farmers markets.
The farm will need to have 2 acres of flat, fertile land that could be converted into bio-intensive agriculture, and must be spray free for at least 3 years, so that I could convert it to certified organic production.
The farm has ample water - bore, irrigation rights etc.
A shed that could be used for packing and processing.
A shed that the farm machinery, and infrastructure is stored.
I would like to live on the land with the farm with my children (and our pets - cats and a dog), so it must also have a dwelling.
I farm high quality, certified organic baby leaf greens (spinach, rocket, asian greens, beet leaf, kale), salad mix, herbs, seasonal veg and cut flowers - which I sell under the name - Bee Friendly Blooms at my farmers market - I am selling out every week! And the best part is I am already living it :)