Cloudcroft Farm will shortly offer intimate group workshops on the following topics:
Systems thinking and mindfulness
Entrepreneurship for small scale farms
Dr Rachel Taylor - Systems Thinking and Mindfulness Educator
Rachel is a mindfulness practitioner and university academic with a background in social innovation and systems thinking. Prior to working in academia she worked in the not-for-profit sector including co-founding a social enterprise developing leadership of women and girls.
As a lecturer in innovation and creativity courses, Rachel has pioneered a unique approach that couples the powerful insights of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, with cutting edge understanding of business innovation and sustainability.
Rachel’s approach gives participants a vivid appreciation of the role the natural world can play in unlocking new insights about our interconnectedness with each other and all things. This awareness opens new ways to creatively respond to the challenges of our time, including as business owners and professionals.
Dr Ben Wills – Farmer and Food Systems Innovator
Ben has a unique blend of practical and academic knowledge about small-scale farming and food system sustainability.
He grew up on a small sheep farm in rural NSW where he became passionate about understanding what makes small farms successful. He completed a PhD looking at the role of e-commerce in local food systems and became a full-time university academic for ten years. His research focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in agri-food supply chains.
In addition to academic work, Ben spent five years founding a not-or profit food hub in Hobart Tasmania, and two years living and working on innovative small farms in the United Kingdom.
Ben grows garlic, berries and vegetables at Cloudcroft, and sits on an Agriculture Victoria project advisory committee for small scale and artisanal agriculture in the Central Highlands.