Joel is a local new school farmer, food systems activist, passionate advocate for young farmers and local agricultural industry networker. His interests are in exploring the social sustainability of local food production and tackling the issue of an ageing farmer population. His aims are to establish co-operative enterprise opportunities for young farmers and to develop the ecological agriculture industry for our region.
Joel has been instrumental in establishing Future Feeders, a young farmers hub, peer support and community farming program based primarily at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. He has been active founding member of the capacity building organisation – the Northern Rivers Young Farmers Alliance and is also a founding member of the Byron Region Food Sovereignty Network.
He is currently developing Northern Rivers FEED : a regional ecological agriculture participatory guarantee system as an alternative to third party certification. With a background in photography he enjoys exploring the complex web of life in agroecologies and sharing moments of beauty, the amazement and intrigue through the everyday lessons of life on the farm.