Barbara worked in secondary education for 30 years as a teacher and Deputy Principal but her heart has always remained firmly tied to the land. She was raised on a mixed grain and cattle property in Queensland’s South Burnett which, combined with her university studies majoring in Geography, informed a lifelong interest and commitment to sustainable farming practice. She dabbled in various hobbies during her teaching career, including an angora goat enterprise and a cafe. Barbara now owns and manages a small agritourism business near Boonah based around a boutique olive grove which sells olive product locally (Scenic Rim Olives & The Grove Cottage) and is in the process of regenerating the family farm at Nanango. She is secretary of the South East Queensland Olive Growers Association, member of the Queensland Olive Council and a tireless ambassador and practical supporter of the Scenic Rim Region’s Eat Local campaign.