Farmers Path: With Keren Tsaushu

Keren started as an intern in Israel, now manages a market garden in Victoria...

We sit down for a quick chat to Keren Tsaushu, a Farm Manager at Mossy Willow Farm in southern Victoria.

Keren and her partner Mikey (read his interview here) manage a biointensive organic market garden at Mossy Willow Farm, on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. Mossy Willow is a farm and calming retreat with purpose, aiming to connect their community to the Earth through regenerative farming, education and delicious produce from the market garden. 

Off less than 1 acre Keren and Mikey produce gobsmackingly gorgeous and nutritious produce that they supply to a number of Melbourne restaurants (included the epic Atlas Dining), through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) weekly boxes and to the Fitzroy Mills Farmers Market.

 

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What is the Best thing about working in Agriculture?

Being outside! Feeling connected to the land, to people, and being an active participant in creating positive change in our environment and food system.

 

 

 

What is your personal agriculture career dream?

To be part of a collective farming model where a group of farmers run multiple enterprises under the same brand and share the tasks and management of farm life.

 

What was the very first step you took on your agricultural career pathway?

I interned at the Centre for Creative Ecology at Kibbutz Lotan for 8 months which led to my first paid job as the garden manager there. 

 

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What are the top 3 agricultural learning experience you have had?

1. Interning at Singing Frogs Farm, California
2. Interning and Working at the Centre for Creative Ecology, Kibbutz Lotan, Israel
3. 1 Week intensive workshop with Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

 

 

 

 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in agriculture?

Find the best farm that does the closest thing to what you want to do and work, intern, apprentice or volunteer there for a whole season.

 

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