Farmer Profile

Ben Hall

Ben Hall

 Brisbane QLD, Australia
 Queensland
Northern NSW, South East Queensland, Queensland Coast
 Director of Organic Automation P/L
 Business Development Manager, Operations Manager, Electrician
 10-15 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Broad Acre Cropping 3
  • Aquaculture 3
  • Orchard 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Goats 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Sheep 1
  • Beef 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Rice 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Hydroponics, Aquaculture

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Sales 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Planning 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Orcharding 2
  • Fencing 2
  • Cropping 2
  • Animal Husbandry 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Industrial Automation, although not directly linked with farming it is becoming more popular these days. In particular with Hydroponics, Aquaculture and Aquaponics

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Organic 4
  • Conventional 3
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Regenerative 3
  • Permaculture 3
  • Urban 2
  • Grass fed 1
  • Other Farming Methods: Aquaponics

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

My experience is not directly farming but more behind the scene, for example working in Dairy Farms (Processing plants), Abattoirs, Fish Farms. I have a huge amount of experience in the Industrial Automation World. Our main focus is Aquaponics, we have completed many courses but these are not nationally recognised there are no accredited courses for Aquaponics yet. This industry is growing rapidly with some of the worlds largest companies now developing systems for RAS and Aquaponics. I have been in the Electrical industry for over 15years 3rd generation in the family and we have worked all over the world installing Engine Rooms all the way through to Water Treatment and Packaging.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I have a huge passion for everything Australian, Greatest Place on Earth! My Passion is to "Bring Farming Back" by implementing basic automation and improve productivity to make farming profitable again. We would like to increase small scale farming to bring it a little closer to major cities and reduce the double handling and helping the supply chain by making food a little more affordable to the end user. I want to reduce the importation of Fruit and Veg and grow it locally! Tired of buying it and only lasting 3days because it's not fresh.

Best days of being a farmer:

Our Dream Farm would be within a local food hub, whether that be down in Northern New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland or the Sunshine Coast. We would love to grow Native Fruit and Veg along with Herbs and Edible Flowers to supply local Pubs and Restaurants. Depending on the scale of the farm there is the possibility of supplying Native Freshwater Fish to these Pubs and Restaurants.