One day a few years ago, Madi looked around and realised she was in supremely happy place; part-time gardening specialist teacher and full-time mother and manager of her own 80 acre tropical farm on the Cairns Hinterland. She had also begun animal-system consultancy and running workshops on different aspects of animal care.
This wonderful lifestyle began after realising her love of sharing the knowledge that she'd gained during the endless hours of nerding-out on animal nutrition, parasite management, cross-cultural and historical animal husbandry practices, and weaning her farms from reliance on bagged-and-bought animal feed. She integrates her animals into on farm land management, including fertility, fire mitigation, increasing plant and wildlife diversity, milk, meat, eggs, leather and companionship.
Now, Madi enjoys helping people find integrated systems that work for their own pastures and needs and currently runs small demonstration groups of Dorper sheep, Dexter and Jersey cattle, Nubian goats, as well as several heritage breeds of poultry and a couple of heavy-breed horses.
Madi's joy comes from experimental farming and finding ways of allowing animals to solve the problems that arise when directing a piece of land to maximum productivity. She is currently working towards a locally-reliant and productive farm while holding best-practice in animal welfare as a guiding principle and regenerative agriculture as my purpose.
We will be visiting Madi and Marc's farm during the Saturday tour days of the course, where students will be meeting her fury and feathered friends and learning some real practical skills for caring for animals, big and small!
Say Hi to Madi via her Barronook Farm facebook page and ask her more about what she will be teaching on the day!