Roger Carthew, Chairperson
Roger commenced his own business in 1976 and has managed and grown a number of successful ventures since then. He has the ability to identify and pursue niche market opportunities in business and is a skilled presenter on the subject of environmental performance and organic agriculture.
During the 1990’s he ran a farm in South Australia based on keyline principles. More recently, Roger is the founder and manager of Vital Veggies, a successful Adelaide business that installs food gardens into homes, kindergartens and schools, incorporating permaculture design and organic/biodynamic inputs. He is passionate about encouraging and helping all people to grow their own food naturally and reconnecting with the source of their food.
Roger is a regular attendee at networking events with topics of business, mining, sustainability, clean tech, and leadership development and has an extensive network throughout business and government.
Ted Clarke, Treasurer
Ted had 24 years experience in accounting and management and 18 years as a teacher of Accounting with NSW TAFE before retiring in 2004. Ted joined what is now BAA in December 2000 and following his retirement moved to a 156ha property on the North Coast of NSW. Ted and his wife, Peggy, started a beef cattle business and are seeing the positive fruits of cross breeding. Ted says that working on the property, using organic and biodynamic methods is a journey of discovery, realisation and application of how one grows with the land.
Shane Joyce, Deputy Chairman
Shane’s lifelong passion is landscape regeneration. He has been at the cutting edge of biodynamics since he joined BAA in 2002, developing innovative practices for application to large land holdings. Now living on a smaller property in Kilkivan Qld, Shane has time to share his experiences and knowledge with others, presenting at field days, and conferences.
John Hodgkinson, Director
John is editor of BAA’s News Leaf Journal, he has led a life dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge in a number of fields. These include adult education, farming and gardening, and the natural environment. John is particularly interested in promoting holistic approaches to food growing. As a member of the BAA team he is keen to engage with farmers and gardeners wishing to adopt and improve biodynamic practices.
Kim Deans, Director
Kim has spent over 25 years working in agriculture and her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Rural Science (Hons) and a Master of Agriculture degree both from UNE.
Kim has worked in a range of areas in agriculture including a family farming business and worked as a Rural Financial Counsellor for 12 years until 2015. Kim currently facilitates Farm Planning workshops with landholders located in the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services area.
Kim is passionate about regenerative, organic farming practices that produce nourishing food in healthy living soils.
Kim and her husband Angus have been practising biodynamics on their property near Tingha, NSW since 2006.
Kym Green, Director
Kym is a fifth generation orchardist and Nuffield scholar from Lenswood,SA who has practiced biodynamics on apples and cherries since 2006. He’s a keen communicator and innovator, holding field days on his farm and teaching his own effective pruning methodology from Australia to the US and Chile.[/su_column]
Louise Skidmore, Company Secretary
Louise has been an ACO certified organic/biodyamic beef producer since 1990 with partner, Randolf, on the Darling Downs, Qld and in Hernani, NSW, where biodynamic practice guides their environmental management system and farm management.
Previous not-for-profit board positions include regional Natural Resource Management body, Condamine Alliance, Biological Farmers of Australia, Organic Federation of Australia, Central Downs Landcare, and Clifton Landcare.
Louise has completed a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors New Directors course. Louise is a General Aviation and RAA pilot; owning an aircraft for inter-farm commutes.