Farmer Profile

Damir Hasanbegovic

Damir Hasanbegovic

 Melbourne VIC, Australia
South East NSW, North West WA, Canberra, Riverina, Melbourne, North East Vic, South East Vic, Adelaide
 I am currently an apiarist and have been keeping bees since i was a little kid of 3 years old. I also have bred successfuly for many years chickens and quails. Which my kids have learned to love very much and i am looking for opportunities to expand on all three of these fronts where possible.
 Along for my love of nature i also love traveling and running businesses. I have owned successful marketing and importing businesses. Since we started our young family some 5 years ago i had decided to take a break from the busy traveling lifestyle and focus on things that matter more in life, being kids and my partner. This gave me the chance to also focus on my other hobbies like growing our own food and preserving it where possible.
 1-3 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I run a host program in Melbourne and Victoria where people who want bees in their lives but are not able to look after them themselves i place my hives on their land and i look after the bees. When i extract honey i share a couple of kilos with the host. These hosts allow me to make more use of their garden by planting bee friendly flowers or other vegetables what they can then share with their friends and family. In my neighbourhood where we live, i have been breeding chickens, quails over the last 4 years. Our children love to get involved and we always have new animals that come to us because people who visit our home see the love and care we give our lot so they bring us more.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I love producing things with my own two hands and seeing nature do what she does so effortlessly. Bringing people together and back to our original roots and back to nature has been a passion of mine ever since i was a little child. Animals have always been around me and my partner seems to share the same love for all things natural like i do.

Best days of being a farmer:

In my blood runs honey and by nature i love to create. Being a beekeeper means that in my heart i love all living creatures and bringing people together. Sharing fruits of our labour with family and friends has been a life long passion. Making meals from what we have grown or bred ourselves is such a blessing. I would love to have a farm that produces more than a singe thing. Dream for me is to live in a timber or stone house with olives growing around me but near by to have space for my animals, bees, fruit trees and vegetables. so that we can also setup some straw huts where we can have guests staying. In time setup a shed kind of caffee where people can bring their families to meet the animals, pick some olives, fruit or vegetables and have our delicious food prepared on site. I am far from only a dreamer, with my past history of running large companies i know too well what is needed in order to make things happen. Hard work and clever marketing will make any dream a beautiful reality, especialy when it is done by two people who love each other and who want to provide a great life for their children. That is me and my partner.