Farmer Profile

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

 Bellarine VIC 3223, Australia
South West Vic
 Rebecca Taylor, is a Social Ecologist and Therapeutic Horticulture/Agriculture practitioner and is the Founder and Director of Wyld Work Projects. She is a member of her local Landcare Group, Therapeutic Horticulture Australia, Counselling Australia, Australian Community Workers Assoc. and the Australian Assoc. of Bush Adventure Therapists. Rebecca has recently completed the Master Tree Growers course with the Australian Agroforestry Association and is undertaking study in Regenerative Agriculture at Southern Cross University.
 Rebecca has over 20 years community service experience behind her, throughout which she has had a strong focus on therapeutic horticulture and agriculture programs. This translates to significant experience running small scale farming operations and community garden/market garden projects. Rebecca's work in Community Development, Capacity Building, Adult Education and private Counselling practice utilises creative, natured-based methods that tackle inter-generational disadvantage, social isolation and anti-social behaviour with a particular focus on addressing the underlying trauma behind those challenges. Rebecca's aim going forward is to develop a therapeutic farm, following on from leading research in Europe into the many and varied benefits of this type of farming.
 15-25 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Market garden 4
  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Mixed Farming 4
  • Orchard 4
  • Other livestock 3
  • Goats 3
  • Sheep 2
  • Beef 2
  • Viticulture 2
  • Chickens 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Currently exploring viability of speciality mushrooms, timber, oils, cut flowers and fibre.

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 4
  • Human Resources 4
  • Agronomy 4
  • Orcharding 4
  • Planning 4
  • Marketing 3
  • Sales 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Machinery Operation 2
  • Livestock Mustering 1
  • Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Skills: I have a team of highly skilled people I can draw on for knowledge and assistance where my own skills are lacking.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I currently work a small acreage producing plants, herbs, fresh produce and a range of boutique materials such as grasses and fibre for weaving and felting. I’ve worked on countless other properties and projects over the past 20 years doing a range of work from market gardening, permaculture, bush regeneration and speciality produce. I have a Cert IV is Conservation and Land Management and have recently completed the Master Tree Growers course through Australian Agroforesty Foundation. I have also completed studies in the 'Principles of Care Farming' with Social Farms and Gardens UK, Permaculture, Biodynamics and I am undertaking study in Regenerative Agriculture through Southern Cross University.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I come from a long line of Farmers, it is in my DNA. I have been closely involved with the land my entire life. I am also involved with a large number of care farming networks, both here and in Europe. Farming is an essential aspect of community health and wellbeing. Not only the obvious benefit of the food or resources it produces but also the therapeutic aspects. Mental health and well-being has never been more important than now and bringing primary production and people together, in the right way, can go a long way to addressing the mental health and well-being needs of farmers, their families and the broader community. Care farming is a new and emerging model of practice here, with a long history overseas, and I am at the forefront of that emerging industry.

Best days of being a farmer:

The property I have in mind is approximately 100 acres on the Bellarine Peninsula with a coastal outlook. It is a mixed farming operation to ensure diversified income streams to spread the risk. Currently producing Truffles, mixed produce from the market garden, Lambs, and fibre from Sheep and Alpacas. I aim to incorporate small scale speciality timber production, mushrooms and related products to the mix. Alongside day to day farming operations I will run a range of therapeutic, educational and tourist ventures. Tuesday through to Friday throughout the year we will offer daily therapeutic sessions, with clients arriving at 10 am, undertaking a range of activities on the farm to support operations, then wrapping up at 3pm. Our educational offerings will include accredited training in agricultural and conservation and professional development opportunities in nature-based therapies. Over the weekends we will open the farm gates to tourists frequenting the regions 'Taste Trail', to give them an opportunity to see first hand the farm in operation and experience farm life.