Jane Pickard has a PhD in marine ecology and worked as a freshwater ecologist for 10 years before studying permaculture and sustainable horticulture. She was a founding member of Sustainable Living Armidale (SLA), part of the world-wide Transition Towns movement. She was programme leader for Ecological Food Production at Schumacher College, Devon, teaching on the MSc course and developing the first Sustainable Horticulture Apprentice course. More recently, after returning to Australia in 2014, she worked for The Armidale Tree Group but now concentrates on Banded Bee Farm and permaculture consulting and teaching. She is particularly interested in growing native and exotic trees and perennial food plants.
Peter Barkley has worked as a herb grower, environmental survey technician, chef and handyman. He now builds structures (including our amazing greenhouse), fences and equipment at Banded Bee Farm whenever he is not finishing the house he has designed and built nearby.
Ray South was also a founding member of SLA and has been involved with The Armidale Tree Group for 15 years. His current interests are developing locally adapted vegetable varieties and seed saving.