Internationally renowned soils ecologist, Dr Christine Jones, gave a guest lecture presentation to our Regenerative Agriculture Mentoring Program (RAMP) participants. She has a wealth of
The Farming Together and Regenerative Agriculture Alliance Team
The Farming Together and Regenerative Agriculture Alliance team is a tight knit yet far-reaching powerhouse of regenerative agriculture and communication knowledge. We work closely with the Southern Queensland/Northern New South Wales Innovation Hub, the Lismore Node manager and extension officers, Northern Rivers Net Zero, and Southern Cross University researchers.
Led by Lorraine Gordon, a renowned expert in regenerative agriculture, the team excels in delivering innovative solutions to address the challenges of climate change. Lorraine’s extensive experience includes collaborating with industry and research, establishing cooperative projects, and empowering farmers through education and support. Stakeholder Manager John Hancock comes from a business and innovation background, while Amanda Scott brings her knowledge in visualizing networks and strategic connections to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals.
Mathew Alexanderson’s expertise lies in regenerative agriculture and understanding farmer decision-making, while Simone Blom is a proficient workshop facilitator with a focus on environmental education practices.
The team also comprises communications experts Rebecca Lollback and Karin von Behrens, who excel in sharing impactful stories and generating new ideas. Other team members include experts in horticulture, project management, water management, permaculture, and ecological sciences. Together, they form a multidisciplinary team capable of delivering comprehensive solutions for sustainable agriculture, climate resilience, and community engagement.
Meet our team
As Director of the Commonwealth Government's Farming Together Program, she has assisted over 28,500 farmers, fishers, and foresters in progressing collaborative projects, including establishing Cooperatives that will benefit their industries. Lorraine was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia for her work with farmers, the 2019 Australian Financial Review Award, and the 2019 BHERT Higher Education Engagement Award. She was also a finalist for the 2020 Australian of the Year Award.
As a Director of Moffat Falls Pastoral Company, Lorraine is also a registered carbon farmer and beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands of NSW, finishing around 1000 steers annually for the MSA Grassfed market.
Previous positions have included CEO of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast, Regional Agribusiness Manager with Westpac Bank, Director of the Graduate Network of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and Executive Director of Economic Security for Women. Lorraine has also presided on the Small Business Review Panel of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
A Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and previous NSW ABC Rural Woman of the Year, Lorraine is currently completing her Ph.D. in Ecological Economics through UNE, looking at a triple bottom line comparison and resilience between regenerative and conventional grazing systems.
John joins dots and supports others to shine.
Never has a role like his current with the amazing Strategic Projects team at SCU offered John such professional and personal fulfilment. His interests include fatherhood, net-zero, technology, community, social enterprise, painting and camping.
A qualified horticulturist, Nathan has 20+ years of operations management, project management, business development and leadership experience.
During his ten years in northern NSW, Nathan has fostered effective partnerships to create successful programs for key agricultural sectors. He is passionate about supporting the growth of the Northern Rivers, ensuring there are opportunities that meet the demands of our future generation.
In this role, Rebecca works across all our programs and projects to share stories with communities, farmers, industry organisations, media and key stakeholders. She is passionate about building strong networks and creating content that has a lasting impact.
With a host of qualifications including: a Master of Arts and Media, a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations and Communication and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (with Honours in Screen Production), her multi-media skills include digital video, audio editing, image editing, web strategy and digital marketing. Karin’s skills are enhanced by an irrepressible knack for generating new ideas that capture markets and solve problems.
Farmers have gained valuable skills and expert advice thanks to our two Regenerative Agriculture Mentoring Programs. In July, the NSW Environmental Trust funded 12-month RAMP
A three-day workshop will help graziers maintain animal performance and ensure they have enough pasture, while also improving their farm’s profitability and biodiversity. Organised by
Soil carbon sequestration has the potential to be a game-changer for agricultural productivity and the resilience of landscapes, regions and farming communities. The Soil Carbon