Roger Carthew

Roger Carthew,

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

Ted Clarke,

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.

Kathleen Aisthorpe

Kathleen Aisthorpe,

Based in Toowoomba, Qld, Kathleen Aisthorpe is an accredited colour therapist with a background in horticulture. She has volunteered time as a Tai Chi instructor, committee and office holder. She has spent directly half her life on the land and half in an urban setting and feels there is a foot planted firmly in both places. Her passion has been lifelong in the connection between, earth, mind, body and soul.



Mark Patton

Mark Patton,
Deputy Chairman

Mark is enthused by the writings and inspirations of Rudolf Steiner and in particular biodynamics. Prior to moving to Sawtell, NSW, he managed a certified organic Community Supported Farm enterprise adjacent to the Tarramah Steiner School in Tasmania for 12 Years.

“I was fortunate to be part of the State and National Biodynamic associations over the years whereby farming colleagues willingly shared their insights, knowledge, pain and successes of nurturing our fragile soils. Its a great opportunity to be able to contribute to the growth of the BAA network now and to share biodynamic agriculture with the wider community.”

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Richard Makim,

Richard Makim & his wife Judi own and manage “Moredun Station” near Ben Lomond NSW. They choose to live in the Ben Lomond region for the productive high rainfall country, photosynthesis for 10 months of the year and three excellent seasons. Both Judi and Richard were born and raised in the Moree district. In 2003 the Makims relocated to the New England from a cattle property north of Julia Creek in Queensland’s gulf country.

Richard has been experimenting with improving soil fertility using compost as well as studying soil health and its effect on plant, animal, human and environmental health. He is a beef and lamb grazier, regenerative environmental manager and consultant, author of several small articles and books and more recently, a speaker at conferences and meetings.

Louise Skidmore

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 & RAA pilot; owning an aircraft for inter-farm commutes.