Meet The People Who Keep The Farm Ticking Over
Tass Schmidt – In 2012 Tass traded Vogue magazines for seed catalogues when Peter Barge, a long term friend and owner of Jamberoo Valley Farm suggested she move to the farm to see what she could “turn this resource into”. She applied her experience in business to her fantasy of an agrarian life and passion for sustainable artisan food production and embarked on life as a Permaculturalist and biological farmer.
She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, a Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate and Certificate 1V Training & Assessment.
In September 2013 Tass was nominated as the treasurer on the founding committee of the weekly Kiama Farmers’ Market, a position she still holds. She is a member of NSW Farm Writers’ Association and Australian Woman in Agriculture.
As a keen advocate for Permaculture and biological farming management practises Tass is intent on motivating change in policy and current farming practises which will provide better outcomes for Australian farmers economically, socially and sustainably.
She loves to cook, read, entertain and do all the things she does on the farm.
Peter Barge & Kinchem Hegedus – In 1994 Peter and Kinchem bought Jamberoo Valley Farm from the Warby family who had run the property as a dairy farm for several generations. Peter and Kinchem were very attracted to ideas of Permaculture from the outset. After several years juggling his international business interests with running the farm, Peter’s professional commitments demanded the family move overseas where they lived much of the time until 2010. Upon return to Australia they settled for a while at the farm before moving to Bowral, where their son Billy went to school. Now living in Bali they’ve become significantly involved in influencing the strategic direction of the Green School and supporting the Permaculture associated ventures of Kul Kul Farm run by Orin Hardy and his partner Maria Farrugia. Orin is the son of John Hardy, founder of the Green School.
Oo Reh – Oo Reh has been working at Jamberoo Valley Farm since 2010, he is our farm manager. His heritage is Burmese and after spending 11 years in a refugee camp on the Thailand/Burma border, he was granted entry to Australian with his wife and 4 children. He is now an Australian citizen and contributes his general know how, common sense and experience of a farming family background to the our farm.
“Sustainability Through Involvement”