Who We Are

The Team

PAUL MIRAGLIOTTA

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 STAURUP

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.

RYAN DECOITE

Ryan DeCoite is overjoyed to have recently joined the folk at Farmer Incubator. Budding Market Gardener Ryan is currently working as at Days walk farm Keilor. With a background as a chef, outdoor and environmental educator Ryan is passionate about creating inspiring pathways beyond sustainability. After thoughtfully tending to his backyard vege plots Ryan is ready to take things further and contribute where he can to the regenerative agriculture movement.

JULIA LAIDLAW

Julia lives in Melbourne with her two top kids and works on a farm. Her love for good food at every stage of its existence and profound awe and respect for the planet has led her on lots of adventures. She has a family farming background and has worked with many great people on fair food, research and ag projects around in Australia, Vanuatu and Latin America and is generally happier if she is outside.

TRACY TUNG

Tracy has a new found passion for growing food, and is enjoying how the slow philosophies that harvesting, cooking and sharing with others is taking a humble and frequent presence in her life. With a background in Industrial Design and the automotive industry, this has been a 180 degree spin, towards a healthier lifestyle, closing the food loop, and doing something local!

BECK RAFFERTY

Beck’s love of learning for learning’s sake has taken her on a pretty windy path, eventually leading her to farming.  With a background in hospitality, Beck helped to establish Patricia Coffee Brewers in Melbourne with some very inspiring people whilst completing her studies in Anthropology and Arabic.  She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014, fuelling an open-ended WWOOFING trip in 2017. It ended prematurely when she landed at her second stop, Day’s Walk Farm, and didn’t want to leave.   She now works as a Farm hand there as well as working for Farmer Chloe at the Keilor site of Somerset Heritage Produce. 

Her desire to farm comes from her desire to understand country and the stories it has to tell as well as the shared passion of those she works with to build a more resilient, regenerative food system.

 

Big Thanks To Recent Team Members

GEORGIA SAVAGE

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 NICOL

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.