Farmer Profile

Stephanie Hodges

Stephanie Hodges

 Pakenham VIC 3810, Australia
West NSW, South East Queensland, North East NSW, Northern NSW, South East NSW, South West Vic, Canberra, Riverina, Melbourne, North East Vic, South East Vic, North West Vic
 Childcare. Photographer. Hospitality, various - chef, cook, kitchen hand, waitress
 0-1 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 4
  • Beef 4
  • Dairy 4
  • Other livestock 3
  • Chickens 3
  • Pig Farming 2
  • Goats 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Orchard 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Somewhere our dogs can help, I have a 1.5yr old female Kelpie. My partner also has a 3yr old female Border Collie x Kelpie.

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I have been speaking to various farmers about methods, tips, info. We have been to the Suffolk Sheep Field Day to learn more about sheep farming and meat quality, breeding quality, etc. We have been training our dogs on sheep herding for over a year each to get them ready for helping on the farms.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Farmers are what make everything work. Without farmers you have no crops, no food, no meat, no dairy, etc. They are the most undervalued profession, and a dying one at that. I personally love farming because you have a chance to change the way people eat and live, it gets you back to nature where things are pure, you get real control over the product you are sending out and offering. It is break backing work that somebody needs to do, and more people need to get the chance to be a part of.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm is somewhere remote, away from the hustle of everyday life. Where you wake up, the sun hits the land and everything is golden. Take the dogs out, round the sheep up, dredge/shear/check the lambs. Work the dogs on stock and cattle, get the morning jobs done. I would love to be a part of supplying beef and lamb, and have a small lot of chickens to offer fresh products locally.