Farmer Profile

Megan Cechner

Megan Cechner

 Perth WA, Australia
 1
 
All Areas
 I'm a communications manager working with a grower group industry body. My husband, Michael 'Mick' is a senior exploration driller working in WA's Pilbara
 I have working in the agriculture industry for a number of crop protection and input companies in a range of communications marketing roles. I have also worked as a journalist for Farm Weekly (Fairfax Media) and as a journalist in WA's wheatbelt.
 0-1 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Broad Acre Cropping 4
  • Viticulture 4
  • Beef 3
  • Market garden 3
  • Other livestock 3
  • Goats 3
  • Dairy 2
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Marketing 4
  • Planning 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Agronomy 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Sales 1
  • Orcharding 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Fencing 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Cropping 1
  • Animal Husbandry 1
  • Machinery Operation 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Urban 4
  • Conventional 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Permaculture 4
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Organic 2
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Mick & I are approaching this a few different ways. From a financial perspective, we are building capital to either invest in our own farm outright or work with someone through Cultivate Farms who would happily teach two very enthusiastic (but pretty green!) students. I have spent the last 10 years working in the industry (mainly cropping) and have a solid understanding but on a practical level we are newbies, particularly when it comes to animal husbandry. At home in suburban Perth we are avid horticulturalists, keep poultry, do preserving and practice a lot of the principles that I have picked up through my career (I’ve grown my own lupin and lentil chickpea crops in the backyard!). We are also looking at doing aquaponics and other ways we can maximise our land usage. I am also looking into further studies in either agronomy or agriculture in general and with my skills I have a strong understanding of marketing and business development in the ag supply chain. We are very flexible in where and what we are farming and are both fast learners and happy to work in with others.

Why are you passionate about farming?

For me it is about having a strong connection to the land and being part of an industry that supplies some of the highest quality food in the world in a sustainable manner. I think there is also the tangible satisfaction of farming and watching something you growing, breeding or raising each season. I am extremely passionate about this industry – promoting it, tackling the challenges and learning as much about it as possible so I can also play a stronger role in the production of food that feeds the world.

Best days of being a farmer:

It would really depend on the farm but I think it is the pleasure in the tangible day-to-day of farming – planning, planting, breeding, growing and harvesting. It is also the variability - no two days are the same and you are constantly adapting to changing climate or market conditions. I thrive on pressure and challenges (something farming has in spades!). For Mick it is about us as a family creating something and together raising our son to have an appreciation of where his food comes from and being part of a community. We have strong family and industry connections in WA and Victoria but would consider and adapt to pretty much anywhere in Australia from a farming point of view. I would be really interested in looking at diversified farms that had a mix of enterprises as I believe this helps mitigate market and seasonal risk. Our best day would be an early start, checking over the farm & livestock, spending some time ensuring our financial and business plans were sound, updating and carrying out maintenance on the farm, talking with other farmers in the area or industry in how we can promote it and finish the day with our son, enjoying the beautiful place that we would call home.