Meet Our Mentors: Beef farmer Helen Lewis

Woman wearing a hat, sitting in a paddock in front of black cows.

“I am excited about being part of a group that is provoking thought or shifting a perspective through sharing, curiosity and growth.”

We are proud to introduce you to some of the amazing mentors working with farmers through the Regenerative Agriculture Mentoring Program.

They are helping to increase awareness of regenerative agriculture and the principles and practices that are available to better manage landscapes.

Meet Helen Lewis…

1. Tell us a bit about your background

I am an internationally accredited Holistic Management educator. Holistic Management decision making processes enable a regenerative farm business to apply practices and make impact that considers the people involved, the environment and long-term prosperity, so all three can thrive at the same time.

With my husband, Ian, we own Picots Farm, 3500 acres west of Warwick.

It’s chemical-free and supplies customers direct with grass fed and finished beef.

We also supply weaners to other farmers.

2. Why did you become a RAMP mentor?

I am excited about farmers transitioning to regenerative practices, being part of a group that is provoking thought or shifting a perspective through sharing, curiosity and growth.

3. What support do you think farmers need into the future?

Support for advancing our understanding how to work with nature.

We have to keep trying new practices and monitoring.

The results need to be collated and shared, so others benefit from all the on-farm trials.

Farmers also need support with decision making, succession planning and connection to peer support groups.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Don’t die wondering.

5. What are your top three tips for regenerative farmers?

Make decisions towards your values/vision, do trial sites, and monitor people, environment and prosperity.

The subsidised delivery of RAMP has been possible through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program. The SQNNSW Innovation Hub receives funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Read our RAMP case studies to see the real changes being implemented on-farm:

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