Farmer Profile

Dane Howlett

Dane Howlett

 Huon Valley, TAS, Australia
 3
 Tasmania
All Areas
 preserver, homesteader, home educator, soap maker, beekeeper - Anne Farm Hand, Orchard worker, Mixed farming experience, Permaculture design Cert IV , Beekeeper - Dane http://www.gathererforager.com
 Anne - hospitality worker , Cook, Market stall business making and selling fermented foods and preserves, Loctician, Event organizer Dane - Farm hand , Orchard Hand, Mechanical Fitter, gallery worker, general laborer
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Other livestock 4
  • Goats 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Mixed Farming 4
  • Orchard 4
  • Beef 3
  • Dairy 3
  • Pig Farming 2
  • Sheep 2
  • Viticulture 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: We are interested in a mixed farming enterprise as we believe that diversity is the key when it comes to the future of farming.

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Orcharding 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Sales 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Business Management 2
  • Human Resources 2
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Other Farming Skills: We have had on a small scale practiced heritage poultry breeding, owned a house cow, grown our own market garden and foraged to preserve the excess and sell preserves and ferments at farmers markets. We currently keep bees and sell beeswax skincare and soap via our website. Very interested in CSA models of Agriculture Dane has a range of on farm skills from working in the industry and we are constantly increasing our knowledge and experience in preparation for the day we will have our own farm.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Organic 4
  • Biodynamic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Permaculture 4
  • Urban 2
  • Conventional 2
  • Other Farming Methods: We are open to all methods of farming but we do feel that farming needs to move into the future away from conventional methods. We prefer organic methods but we also understand that sometimes chemicals need to be used for certain jobs and we aren't against that. Basically we are flexible to work with different farming practices.

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Dane is currently working on farms and is now ready to take on larger scale Agriculture. Dane is a mechanical fitter by trade and has studied Permaculture cert IV through riverina Tafe and continues self directed education. He has worked in as many different areas in farming as he can such as sheep, cattle, orchards, commercial rabbits as well as growing our own market garden and foraging fruit that Anne learned to preserve, ferment and which we sold at our local farmers market. Since 2012 we have studied all we can about farming and we are constantly researching and learning more everyday. We started from the bottom with little money and have learnt as much as we can and are constantly growing. As we did not come from a farming background we moved and rented 2 acres in central west NSW, bred Heritage Poultry and owned our own Jersey cow. We decided 2 years ago to leave our little homestead in NSW to move to Tasmania where with it's rich agricultural heritage we felt we could pursuit further farming dreams and experiences. Since moving here Dane has worked in as many different Orchards picking fruit, pruning and learning what he can. In addition to this he still works as a casual farm hand when positions come up.

Why are you passionate about farming?

We believe that the future of food security lies in local farms providing to local areas. We are born and raised Australian but have traveled the world extensively and feel passionate about the beautiful country we belong too. We have been sad to see generational farms sold off to foreign ownership and we want to be a part of the movement that saves Australian agriculture because it is too precious to lose. Agriculture is a very important part of Australia and our countries history to loose that would be devastating. We aren't interested in the money and are not naive enough to think farming is a walk in the park. We wish to build something special that will be in place for future generations whether it is our children who wish to take over after us or that we are able to give a younger generation the opportunity we have found through cultivate farms when we retire.

Best days of being a farmer:

Our dream farm is in Tasmania but we are open to other areas for the right opportunity. It is hard to put into words exactly what it would become as every property is different and what we would develop would largely depend on the land. We would like to have a mixed farming enterprise and spend the first two years growing a small market garden and learning about the land, watching the seasons and learning from the owners. We are interested in building a diverse homestead using organic and sustainable agriculture and permaculture practices but we are not against using chemicals where needed. We draw inspiration from Sepp holzer, Joel Salatin, Peter Andrews and have interests in CSA systems and investigating if we would like to work as a co-op with other farms to provide a more diverse offering to subscribers or if we would just work on our own. We are interested in Market gardens, Small dairy and cheese making , being self sufficient, food security, small diverse orchards (berries, olives, avocados) , Poultry and more. I feel our varied skills like Danes background in Mechanical fitting, Pemaculture design cert IV and soon a Agriculture Diploma give us a lot to offer a farm. Our passion and eagerness to learn will see us constantly evolving which we feel is a important asset when working in Agriculture.