And so the dream begins

15 Oct

My name is Claire, I may be 890km from home but I have travelled less than that of my fellow interns, and boy is it worth the distance. I arrived at Milkwood just under 5 weeks ago and already I have learnt so much and am relishing in being part of such an amazing community of people. So why am I here?

I’m following my dream!

I have been nursing for the past 15 years and have seen no improvement in peoples health, we were always treating the symptoms, always in crisis management, always pushing pharmaceuticals as the way to better health. It didn’t sit right with me, I wanted a better solution, I wanted a healthier planet, healthier people, a healthier lifestyle for myself and to belong to a community. So my journey begins…

I completed my PDC in Walkamin, Far North Queensland in Sept 2010, after a chance meeting with the course convener and a chat about compost showers. After the course, I was hooked. I flew back to Melbourne, sold my house near the city, and headed off in search my my little piece of land to grow my dream. I found it in November, and at the end of January 2011 I was the proud owner of a 101 acres in Lake Fyans, at the foot of the Grampians National Park, Victoria, and declared, “I’m going to be a farmer!”

Which is why I’m here at Milkwood. To get hands on experiences, learn from the best in the business, improve my design skills, design my farm, add as many skills to my kit bag as I can and meet as many like minded people to share with as I can. I have also done an internship with Ben Falloon at Taranaki farm, in Woodend, learning all about cattle, chickens, earthworks and fencing before arriving here at Milkwood.

At the end of this internship in December, it’s off to my farm, Planet Claire, to implement my design and start living the dream. I want to become a leading example of regenerative, self-sustaining, chemical free, non-certified organic farming and share my knowledge with the wider community. Empowering and encouraging my community to be healthy, and ensuring myself, my family, and my friends (and our children’s, children’s, children’s children) have a paradise to enjoy that provides them with all there needs for a long, healthy, peaceful life.

I hope you enjoy the journey with me,


Making clay render for the tiny house, the locals pay us a visit, designing a water overflow management system then implementing that design, getting dirty cleaning and re-cobbing the rocket shower!


Posted by on October 15, 2011 in Introductions


6 responses to “And so the dream begins

  1. Shae

    March 15, 2012 at 16:18

    Wow Claire what an inspiration you are!
    I came across Planet Clarie Farm on something that came up on Facebook and it is amazing to read what you have achieved so far and all the fun you are having.
    Wishing you all the best and good on you for seeking your dream 🙂

  2. Megan

    August 18, 2013 at 09:56

    Claire!!! This is brilliant — very excited to come meet you and check out Planet Claire!! I’m local and this is rad!! Heard we can now purchase your eggs down at the local cafe, livefast! Thanks — keep it up! 🙂 and lets catch up!!!

    • Planet Claire Farms

      August 20, 2013 at 22:32

      Thanks Megan!
      Will has been great and I’m glad you have the opportunity to purchase the eggs down at Livefast and you are welcome to come check out the farm too. It will be great to connect with more locals.

  3. Lucy

    August 20, 2013 at 21:49

    Welcome to The GRAMPIANS Claire! What a great choice…It will be a pleasure to meet you….I am a Pomonal Kid! Born and Bred. We have been enjoying watching your property develop and have been wondering who this mystery farmer is. Let us know when you want to meet some wonderful people with similar passions and ideas.

    • Planet Claire Farms

      August 20, 2013 at 22:35

      Thank you Lucy. I have certainly landed in a great community. I’m glad you are enjoying the farm progress, I too am enjoying it. I frequent the general store quite a bit so I’ll make sure Nadya introduces us soon. If not, feel free to stop by and say hello to me if you see me wandering around the paddocks. I can’t wait to meet more like minded people!

  4. Lucy

    August 20, 2013 at 21:50

    P.s. Keep up the awesome work! Cant wait to taste those eggs!


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