Farmer Profile

Lyb Makin

Lyb Makin

 Cobargo NSW 2550, Australia
 New South Wales
South East NSW
 Freelance - Governance, Co-operatives and studying a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at UNSW.
 Strategic Advisor, Research Assistant, Project Co-ordinator and Lawyer working in and for the not-for-profit sector.
 1-3 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Viticulture 3
  • Mixed Farming 3
  • Orchard 3
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Goats 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Sheep 1
  • Beef 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Rice 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Marketing 2
  • Sales 2
  • Planning 2
  • Accounting 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Agronomy 1
  • Orcharding 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
  • Organic 4
  • Biodynamic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Permaculture 4
  • Conventional 1
  • Grass fed 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I have spent the past year volunteering on organic farms to build experience and knowledge about all things organic, regenerative, biodynamic and permaculture based farming. I recently completed a Spring Internship at Purple Pear Farm in the NSw Hunter Valley a biodynamic and organic farm that runs a community-supported agriculture scheme, and also runs workshops and education programs around permaculture, biodynamics and organic farming. I am currently setting up a micro-,market garden on the NSW south coast, as I investigate potential markets while building soil and knowledge. I would love to connect with other young farmers who are keen to establish a farming co-operative, and streamline the marketing side of a small farming business.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I love the challenge of planning, building soil and making it all come together. I love having my hands in the earth, the physical work and the buzz of a farmers' market. I love working by myself and being my own boss but I also yearn to share the journey with others through a farming co-operative or collective (especially the marketing side of things). I am equally passionate about environmental law and policy and I'd love to work to build the profile of local food systems as an important part of a healthy, resilient and regenerative future for local communities, all over this beautiful Country.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream day would involve waking up early on a farm that I share with other passionate farmers (an urban farm, or somewhere near a major town centre so there is visibility and appreciation of the work we are doing)... with my hands in the soil, smelling the freshness as the sun rises, and then harvesting vegetables, washing our produce and chatting happily with co-farmers and then heading to a farmers' market to share healthy, fresh and local produce with the community and promote the wonders of good local food. Afterwards, I envision coming home to tend to the garden and breathe deeply as the sun sets, and then share a meal of good food with good people... exhausted and ready to do it all over again tomorrow.