Farmer Profile

Sue Tutera

Sue Tutera

 Briar Hill VIC 3088, Australia
South East Vic
 Energy Rater, Cleaner, AEC & VEC Election Official
 Project Manager
 0-1 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Pig Farming 4
  • Sheep 4
  • Beef 3
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Goats 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Orchard 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Pasture raised, permaculture/organic principles

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Planning 3
  • Marketing 2
  • Sales 2
  • Animal Husbandry 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Agronomy 1
  • Orcharding 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Fencing 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Cropping 1
  • Machinery Operation 1
  • Other Farming Skills: We have volunteered regularly and most recently on Colin & Sally's Organic Lamb and Beef Farm in South Gippsland. Sue has her Pig Handling Certificate.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We have volunteered regularly and most recently on Colin & Sally's Organic Lamb and Beef Farm in South Gippsland. Sue has her Pig Handling Certificate. Sue has Cert III in Agriculture, Permaculture Design Certificate. Sue has been facilitating CSA drop offs in Melbourne and prior to (CSA becoming a readily available option)have spent about 10 years sourcing meat direct from farmers to purchase on bahalf of group of families here in Melbourne. Network with a number of pig, sheep and cattle farmers.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Love farming! I have since I was a little kid spending a couple of school holidays each year on farm holidays with the family. Milking cows, riding horses, shearing sheep and getting dirty. Didn't think farming was an option for me as not born into it and being female! However over the last ten years my passion has been reignited with sourcing ethical and sustainable meat from farmers for friends and family. As a result of the connections I made with farmers my friendships with them has grown and they have encouraged me to pursue my passion for the fresh open air and animal husbandry. I love the hard work in the fresh air, working out how to get the best out of pastures and rotating stock. I am keen to talk farming with anybody who is interested! Colin and Sally have approached us about shepherding for them as a way to get onto a property and secure some income from the year 1. This is the model I have been building my business plan on. The beautiful opportunity is to have access to a number of farming mentors close by but most importantly a contractual arrangement with Colin that ensures mentoring and building farming opportunities together.

Best days of being a farmer:

Dream farm is approx. 100 acres in size with some of the pastures reasonably flat to accommodate pigs. Look forward ideally to shepherding for Colin & Sally in South Gippsland, earning enough to begin to build up our own herd of sheep and also get the permits necessary to start free range pig farming. We would ideally be under 3 hrs to Melbourne and reasonably close to Fish Creek/ Leongatha (Sth Gipp). Ideally fencing is in good nick, paddock layout is good with laneway access already completed and spring fed dams a nice bonus. Our produce is sold through CSA arrangement and possibly some local groups such as Prom Coast Food Collective. Accommodation with at least 3 bedrooms too. We would like to be able to open the farm up to visitors that wish to camp or caravan on the property and possibly get involved with some of the on farm activities.