Farmers Path: With Luca Ivanovich

Luka got a job at a restaurant, befriended the best veggie supplier and then asked to volunteer on their farm... 

This week we had a quick skype call with Luka Ivanovich, an aspiring farmer. It's great to chat to someone so early on in their farming journey, but who seems to have clearly found their calling in life. Read on to hear what Luka has to say.

 

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WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING IN AGRICULTURE?

The beautiful souls that come together to make beautiful things both under and above the soil level. Like life and death, love and hate, it is an intense and ever-changing experience.

 

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL AGRICULTURE CAREER DREAM?

My dream is to travel the world learning from the best regenerative farmers, then return to Montenegro to start my own farm and learning centre. I would love to spend my life as part of an agricultural open community for spreading the love that has been grown, the knowledge gathered and connections established.

 

WHAT WAS THE VERY FIRST STEP YOU TOOK ON YOUR AGRICULTURAL CAREER PATHWAY?

 Luka and the mossy willow farm crew

Luka and the mossy willow farm crew

Well the very first step? I planted a tree with my mother long ago when I was a little boy. This tree grew and gave life to other trees, just like that my love for agriculture sprouted and seeds got blown away in all directions. 

But more recently! I got a job working in a restaurant in Melbourne to get closer to food production. I made friends with one of the suppliers I really respected who produced seriously amazing veg. I then offered to volunteer on the farm one day a week, which led on to a 6 month live-in internship. I learnt so much! It's hard to describe.

 

WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 AGRICULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD?

1. Self studying the Principles of permanent culture (permaculture),
2. Internship on Mossy Willow Farm in Australia
3. Learning by working!

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN AGRICULTURE?

Dig in, deep. When you think it is deep, dig in even deeper. Tune in with the life around and don't forget to listen to the birds singing whilst sweating in the field, after all it's a free orchestra performance.

 

Follow Luka on instagram to keep in touch.