Debbie and Kieron moved to a bush block in 2012 from the central coast of NSW. They worked to establish an abundant food system whilst at the same time managing the majority of their land for the benefit of local wildlife. Over the space of 5 years they had created a sustainable and resilient self sufficient food system that provides fruit, vegetable and eggs year round. An Alternative Life Learning Centre in 2019 to share knowledge and empower people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live their own alternative life.
Debbie and Kieron combine their individual skills and expert knowledge to create beautiful, resilient and sustainable food garden designs for clients,
Debbie is the primary workshop facilitator and presenter. Debbie has a post graduate degree in Food Security and Rural Sustainable Development. Debbie has many year experience in political campaigning and community engagement with international development agency working on issues including poverty, sustainable development, climate change resilience and food security. Having the privilege to hear the stories of farmers from around the world and lobby on their behalf both in Australia and on the global stage, Debbie brings a unique perspective of the issues of climate change, food security and the growing need to educate people about genuine sustainable development.
Debbie also has broad range of knowledge about threatened species in NSW and natural resources management through her experience as a threatened species community engagement and communication officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage this knowledge is used to ensure land management systems integrate the food needs of people with the needs of our native wildlife for native habitat.
Kieron has a range of practical farm skills and since 2012 has responsible for the building of farm infrastructure, including fencing, trellises and numerous undercover garden structures, sheds, cabins, chicken coups and irrigation using primarily recycled materials, creativity and ingenuity.
Kieron is an experienced presenter at our practical skills workshops showing people all the skill they need to create a food garden of resilience from scratch, from how to use the tools required through to the layout and construction of garden infrastructure.
Kieron was employed by one of Australia's largest propagation nurseries for more than 7 years and has significant knowledge of plant breeding and skills in propagation and irrigation systems.
Ray is a fourth generation farmer and has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in farming and food production having spent half his life raising sheep and cattle. Ray holds a diploma of organic agriculture as well as numerous other certificates including land and water catchment management, horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Roy has a huge range of practical skills and holds trades in Fitting & Machining, Welding, Small Motor Mechanics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics and more.
Ray is a regular presenter at our workshops and an experienced facilitator specialising in soil and soil health and a passion for sustainability and regeneration or the environment by improving the quality of our soils
The chickens and ducks are the real workers on the farm creating compost from mulch and scraps, fertilising the trees in the orchard and taking care of all the bugs and pests. They also provide us with eggs and a lot of entertainment.