Graeme & Susie Hand have been farming in South West Victoria for the past 25 years. Susie holds a Dip Farm Management, and is a qualified wool classer. Graeme holds a diploma in Applied Science, and worked 10 years as an industrial chemist before turning his scientific knowledge and experience to eco friendly farming practices and, eventually, to Holistic Management®. He’s a Certified Holistic Management® Educator, which includes qualifications in land management, planned grazing, land and soil health monitoring, financial planning and monitoring, enterprise design and succession planning.
He’s a Quality Assurance & Environmental Systems Auditor (ISO 9000, ISO 14001), Environmental Management Systems Trainer and auditor (ISO14001), holds Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training (BSZ40198), trained in psychological emergency & trauma with Victorian State Emergency Recovery Unit, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
Graeme is also CEO of Stipa Native Grasses Association, and regularly travels in country and overseas to advise Governments and Farmers Associations about grass regeneration and grazing. He’s currently working on baseline soil carbon and grassland regeneration in Mongolia.
He provides training for Melbourne and Sydney Universities, Victorian Department of Primary Industry, Vic and NSW CMA’s, NRM’s, and works with Centrelink to help farmers in drought crisis with financial planning and property management advice. He’s also a consultant to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), with a focus on the Australian Beef Grading system, Meat Standards Australia.
Other projects include ‘Action on the Ground’ in association with Sydney University, a Tasmania-based large scale Planned Grazing demonstration project.