President – Celia Leverton, farmer, rural journalist, permaculture designer
Vice President – Phil Jackson
Secretary – Margaret Steadman
Treasurer – Ruth Hall, farmer
Public Officer – Alana Betzold
Graeme Hand, Holistic Management Educator, planned grazing consultant
Linda Cockburn, owner of Seed Freaks, author
Committee Member Bios
Margaret Steadman has a lifetime of engagement in sustainable living. She was the Executive Officer of Sustainable Living Tasmania for 13 years and is a keen urban food gardener. Climate disruption is scaring her deeply and she sees exploring regenerative agriculture as one of the big actions for creating a climate-safe future.
Alana Betzold learned about Regenerative Agriculture at a meeting on climate change in the Huon Valley and has been inspired by its potential ever since. This led to assisting Celia Leverton in organising a public forum on Regenerative Agriculture and the creation of RANT’s forerunner, Huon Farmers for Action on Climate Change. Alana is also a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She is passionate about supporting communities to develop more sustainable and equitable food systems, both through her research and active participation
Celia Leverton has farmed most of her working life, including related jobs such as rural reporting with the ABC, woolclassing, and rural business management. Concerns that farming wasn’t sustainable on personal and environmental levels, led her to Permaculture during the 90’s. At the time, Celia was raising 4 children on their dairy farm. Celia is now mostly farm consulting at small to medium scale, working on community composting projects and building the profile of Regenerative Agriculture in Tasmania.
Graeme Hand has worked as an industrial chemist, international marketer, meat industry consultant as well as farm consultant to many family and corporate farmers. He is based in Tasmania, and has a special interest in working with family farms helping to create profitable, sustainable farm businesses which are enjoyable to work in. Graeme trains throughout Australia on regenerating grasslands using planned grazing management. He has also carried out bushfire and drought extension for Victorian DPI, provided Holistic Management® training for CMA’s and universities, consulted for the meat industry on eating quality and marketing.
Graeme also manages STIPA Native Grass Association Inc.