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About Me

I'm a writer, photographer, and homesteader based at Half Moon Farm, a productive little 3.5 acre plot on the Great Dividing Range at Hampton, Queensland. My work has a clear agrarian bent, based on my belief that the best kind of life is one lived in tune with the natural world.

In past lives I've worked as a builder's labourer, tutor, media monitor, grocery assistant, landscape designer, nurseryman, market gardener and commercial copywriter. I have four semi-useless qualifications - a B.Sc. in Psychology, a Diploma of Landscape Design, a Diploma of Freelance Journalism, and a CertIV in Small Business plus I've done some extra studies in English literature, history and graphic design. Yep, I'm your proverbial jack of all trades, but I do like to think I'm on the way to mastering some! 

In addition to paid work I do lots for fun. I enjoy swimming, camping, woodworking, building, reading, music, movies and anything to do with food - I love growing it, cooking it and eating it. I'm married to Kylie and we have three school-age kids, Marley, Monty and Fergus. 

Go here to learn more about my writing, and here to see some some of my photos.

I'm an advocate for:

  • A world that is good, clean and fair.
  • Food that's grown on a small scale, in healthy soil, free from synthetic chemicals and prepared with liberal lashings of love.
  • Distributism, a "third way" economic philosophy arguing that the means of production should be as widely distributed among the general population as possible.
  • Agrarianism, living in harmony with the soil and the seasons.
  • A balanced approach to technology. I don't buy into techno-utopian fantasies but I do appreciate the advance of a spade over a stick, a computer keyboard over a typewriter. 
  • The Good Life. The Beautiful Life. Whatever you want to call a life lived with passion, creativity, integrity, hope, independence, simplicity and deep seated joy. 

 

 

 

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My first published article was a 2001 travel piece about New England National Park that ran in the Toowoomba Chronicle. It sits somewhere on my bookshelves in a deep pile of newspaper cuttings and magazines, because I've since been fortunate to contribute hundreds of articles, mostly about gardening, to range of national publications. Here are some career highlights:

  • Horticultural Editor, ABC Gardening Australia annual Diary and Calendar 2016 - present
  • Regular contributor to ABC Organic Gardener Magazine 2007 - present
  • Regular contributor to ABC Organic Gardener website 2011 - present
  • Regular contributor to ABC Organic Gardener Essential Guides 2012 - present
  • Contributor to ABC Organic Gardener books Happy Hens (2015) and Backyard Bounty (2017)
  • Regular contributor to Gardening Australia magazine 2015 - present
  • Regular contributor to Graham Ross's Garden Clinic Journal 2014 - 2016
  • Weekend gardening columnist for Toowoomba Chronicle 2006-2013
  • Regular contributor to Highlife Downs Living Magazine 2006-2013
  • Regular contributor to Burke's Backyard Magazine 2001-2003 (NB, I had no knowledge of Don Burke's sexist and appalling behaviour when writing for the magazine, and pride myself on being professional and respectful to others)

I've also written for Country Style, Indulge, Green Lifestyle, Go Camping Australia, ABC Collectors, APN Regional Newspapers and a range of smaller publications. I've twice been sponsored by Tourism Tasmania (2012 and 2014) to write stories about the state's amazing gardens and farms.

If you have a project that needs an experienced writer, I'd love to talk turkey. I'm good at what I do and I pride myself in always meeting my deadlines. Give me a buzz.

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 Half Moon Farm, December 2016

Half Moon Farm, December 2016

About Half Moon Farm:

In spring 2016, my family and I sold our previous (and much loved) property, Thistlebrook, in a search for greener pastures. We found them just a few kilometres up the road at a pretty little 3.5 acre property in Hampton village. Half Moon Farm is home to a small avocado orchard, well established pastures, a patch of remnant eucalypt forest and a quaint farm cottage in search of redemption.

We grow food primarily for our immediate family, but you fellow food growers know what it's like - there's always a surplus of something or other and we regularly sell our excess via an on site farm stand or to local customers. 

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Contact Justin

For writing/photography commissions, podcast suggestions and anything to do with Half Moon Farm or the Studio Rustica podcast, please contact me using the form below or give me a call on 0466 358 957.


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