Farmer Profile

Jarad Marsh

Jarad Marsh

 Moura QLD 4718, Australia
Tasmania, South East Queensland, Queensland Coast, South East Queensland
 I am a boilermaker at Dawson Mine in Moura. Heather is a qualified teacher who is at home with our two children.
 After graduating from University with a Diploma in Horticulture, I went home to my family property to build and run my parents Wholesale Plant Nursery. I spent 7 years here building up the business to include a successful landscaping business as well as the wholesale nursery. After leaving Yeppoon, I worked for Ergon checking powerlines in rural areas all over Queensland. I then became a qualified boilermaker and have since spent my time working shutdowns for various mines in the Central Queensland area. Heather finished university with a Degree in Animal Production. She then worked as a Property Manger in Yeppoon for several years before returning to uni to gain a teaching degree. Heather worked for several years at the local highschool in Moura before having children.
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Broad Acre Cropping 4
  • Beef 3
  • Market garden 3
  • Chickens 3
  • Sheep 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Goats 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Orcharding 3
  • Planning 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Livestock Mustering 2
  • Human Resources 2
  • Sales 2
  • Marketing 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Animal Husbandry 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Jarad has a strong knowledge of plants, nursery operation and landscaping.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Organic 4
  • Biodynamic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 3
  • Permaculture 3
  • Conventional 2
  • Urban 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Both Heather and I are from rural backgrounds. Heather's family own cattle stations in Central Queensland. Over the last few years Heather and I have been researching and trialing growing the ancient grain Spelt, on Heather's mother's property near Moura. We had very favorable results and had keen interest from an organic grain buyer located in Queensland. We would have loved the opportunity to expand our operation to the next level but unfortunately that was not possible. Heather and I have been attending as many educational agricultural courses as possible over the last few years, focusing mainly on soil health management. I have also completed the RCS grazing for profit course in the past. In terms of skills and ability, I have; - some experience with cattle - capable fencer - ability to operate and repair (sometimes) most machinery - very experienced welder and fabricator - extensive knowledge of plants and trees - good knowledge and understanding of soils and soil structure - knowledge around weed control and integrated pest management (both conventional and organic) Heather is; - a passionate educator - very good with people, - has an active and intense interest in sustainable farming methods. - loves animals and has ridden horses in the past.

Why are you passionate about farming?

The growing of sustainable food, and simultaneously maintaining the ecological balance of the land and soil is of incredible importance and goes largely unrecognised by the majority of Australians. We would love to become involved in changing, not only the way in which food is produced, but also contribute to educating the general public on the importance of supporting local farmers who farm sustainably. We would love nothing more then to run a mixed operation farm, following sustainable principles to produce a high quality, healthy products. We are intensely passionate about sustainable farming and are determined to continue learning new ways and ideas to create an opportunity for us to farm.

Best days of being a farmer:

The location of the farm is still under consideration and we are open to all eventualities. We have been looking mainly in Queensland for a couple of hundred acres, although Heather has always had a strong desire to move to Tasmania! We have always liked the idea of niche crops such as specialty grains and other high value crops but are are happy to turn our hand to anything and would ideally love to run a mixed operation farm. On the best days, we will work steadily away at the simple jobs, maintaining and growing our farm whilst allowing our kids to grow and work alongside. We would love to be largely self sustainable watching our girls grow fat on fresh air, clean water and good quality fresh food.