Farmer Profile

Tristan Morton Clark

Tristan Morton Clark

 Western Australia
Perth, Southern WA, North WA
 Currently unemployed. Recently moved to Australia.
 Sandfords Salmon Farm (Stewart Island, New Zealand), Bowdens Dairy (King Island, TAS), Australian Honey Co., Tolhurst Organic Market garden UK, Organic Beef Farm Cork, Ireland.
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Orchard 4
  • Other livestock 2
  • Goats 2
  • Sheep 2
  • Beef 2
  • Viticulture 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Planning 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Business Management 2
  • Orcharding 2
  • Fencing 2
  • Machinery Operation 2
  • Sales 1
  • Agronomy 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Skills: MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security from The Royal Agriculture University in Cirencester (England). Have a knowledge of how to grow mushrooms. Vegetable seed growing skills (volunteered at the Irish Seed Savers Association) Native tree and bush seed foraging skills (attended a course at APACE - Fremantle). An immensely hard worker.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I'm frequently reading about all types of farming stuff.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I'd say it is mostly because I love to work outside, also I love food, the creative element - problem solving and idea generation, working in balance rather than a purely extractive fashion.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm would produce a variety of things. I'd like to grow trees. Have an orchard with pigs and chickens roaming around freely. I would hope to produce as much food as possible for the animals within the farming system providing as much forage food as possible - A variety of trees and bushes producing foods at various stages of the year. The farm would produce most if not all of it's own fertility - if possible I would utilize waste from other food businesses i.e. feeding rennet to the pigs. I knew a farmer that did this and his sausages were amazing. I'd have bees. I'd have a market garden producing a variety of vegetables drawing on various techniques such as using green manures and using biointensive practices to get the maximum out of a small area. I would also have an area dedicated to seed saving. I love baking and would like to have a small scale grain production with my own mill to bake on site or to work in co-op with a local baker. I'd have a shed growing mushrooms on waste products i.e. the straw from the grains. I'd also like it to be a social enterprise. A place to teach, learn and empower ourselves. Though a dream situation I realize that to do all of these tasks would require lots of help and organization which is why I would use the farm socially. I've done lots of care work in my life and would be happy to continue doing it in the farm setting. The farm would be near the coast and near a town. I would like to supply produce as locally as possible....ideally I'd have a farm shop where food could be sold and meals prepared. I'd be happy doing all of that and sharing it with whomever else!