Rod was raised on a sheep and cattle property in the Winton district, western Queensland. He completed his schooling during one of the worst droughts western Queensland has experienced, with his parents struggling to survive financially.
As his prospects for a future in the bush were very grim, he left home to study Commerce at James Cook University in Townsville.
Rod has maintained his connection with the bush by regular visits and holidays home with his family.
Having operated his own accounting practice, O’Connells OBM in Brisbane for over 35 years, Rod has now withdrawn from the management of the practice to follow his dream of creating a sustainable rural enterprise.
Kathy grew up in Townsville in North Queensland, studied at James Cook University and spent time as a teacher in western Queensland and Brisbane.
She has supported and helped Rod with the development of his accounting practice while raising their three sons.
Kathy has a particular interest in nutrition, cooking and eating healthy food. Part of that is eating local food in season.
This interest has been encouraged by the benefits to her and her family’s health of adopting a grain-free lifestyle incorporating a desire to eat chemical free, quality whole foods which are grown and produced in an ethical, sustainable and humane manner.
We are very excited about our new venture and whenever we feel overwhelmed with the challenge we have set ourselves we are comforted by this little gem:
‘Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength’.
Visit Our Farm for our evolution into farming on Ayton Farm, and Further Information on education courses we have done, some of the publications
we have referred to etc.
Our story was featured in the Brisbane News magazine June 2016 - click to read.