Paul has a career background that spans from working as a market gardener, health professional, and in management at the South Melbourne Commons, a social enterprise initiative between Friends of the Earth Australia and the Father Bob Maguire Foundation. He recently draws from huge experiences of learning on the job and is committed to environmentally responsible food security. In 2014 he was busy landscaping with Very Edible Gardens and Simon Marshall Horticulture, while also volunteering at Kinfolk cafe. He has completed a Diploma in agriculture (organic production), cert II in carpentry (building and construction) and looks forward to building on the farm (when he gets time).
In 2015, Paul established Day’s Walk Farm in Keilor, which has recently gained organic certification.
Per’s background in IT, environmental consulting and horticulture and his love of nature, food and drink has lead him organically to wanting to be a (garlic!) farmer. Already a small-business owner with a desire to improve the quality and variety of foods available to all eaters, his analytical skills and deep desire for the country life made contributing to the Farmer Incubator a natural fit, and he is helping develop various project management aspects of the enterprise.
Big Thanks To Recent Team Members
Georgia was a Director and site facilitator with Farmer Incubator. In 2015, she was introduced to growing garlic through the inaugural Pop-Up Garlic Farmers Project, and fell in love with the process and the team so much that she helped to run the course in 2016. Georgia also works as General Manager at The Community Grocer. Georgia loves growing food, particularly in the urban environment where space is limited but people are aplenty! She has an ever expanding backyard garden that helps feed her friends, family and neighbourhood. Georgia’s spirit vegetable is the zucchini, with its never-ending bounty and many shades of green! Georgia completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015.
Emmy joined the Farmer Incubator team in 2016 after participating in the inaugural Pop-Up Garlic Farmers project in 2015. She spent her childhood roaming the hills of her grandparents’ beef cattle property in Northern NSW, and after 18 months of WWOOFing overseas in 2013/2014, she returned with a strong passion for sustainable agriculture and strengthening community. Emmy worked as a farmhand at Days Walk Farm, and was Farmer Incubator’s first Programs Administrator. Emmy loves bringing people together through the sharing of food, and the door to her home is permanently open. Her spirit vegetable is the potato; resilient, oddly shaped and a little bit dirty… She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate with VEG in 2015.
And Notable Mention
ALICE L’ESTRANGE & LEILA ALEXANDRA
Who did so much of the leg work to get Farmer Incubator started.