Farmer Profile

Melanie Brown

Melanie Brown

 Daylesford VIC 3460, Australia
North West Vic
 Farm Success Manager at Mobble (livestock app), farm management consultant, market garden farm hand.
 Training Coordinator at Back Paddock Company (cropping and soil analysis software)
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Agronomy 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Sales 3
  • Planning 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Marketing 2
  • Machinery Operation 2
  • Accounting 2
  • Book Keeping 2
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We currently manage a small herd of Anglo-Nubian dairy goats on the edge of Daylesford, Victoria. We work with the herd to restore degraded environments that have been significantly disturbed due to past mining activity and are now overrun with invasive species. We also milk the goats every day and craft beautiful cheeses for home consumption. Melanie studied a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne and has worked in the industry for the past four years, primarily in support roles for agricultural software and training courses. She currently conducts soil testing and analysis for local small-scale farms with a regenerative focus, assisting them to make best practice management decisions around soil health and plant nutrition. Lee works as a builder (a very handy skill for farms!) and also manages a self-built rooming house, a project that has given him useful experience and insight into project management and the day to day challenges of running a small business. Both of us have a range of on-farm experience from volunteering, completing internships and holding paid labouring positions on farms.

Why are you passionate about farming?

We are passionate about farming because we draw purpose from connecting with the land, with our animals, with our food and with our broader farming community. In particular we are keen goat enthusiasts who want to spend our time working on a broader scale with these beautiful animals to create diverse, resilient, productive environments and produce truly excellent dairy products.

Best days of being a farmer:

Our dream farm is a micro-dairy producing milk, yoghurt and cheese. We envision an innovative best-practice silvo-pastoral system, capitalising on the unique and diverse feed preferences of goats. We want to maximise on-farm biodiversity and minimise off-farm feed inputs, instead growing a range of pasture, fodder crops and tree species to feed our herd. We aim to cultivate an ecosystem that builds soil organic matter, provides valuable habitats for native species and produces beautiful dairy that is sought after by the local community.