Kym has spent her life in hospitality to and caring for people and planet. Kym is co-owner of Ready to Adapt, regenerating landscapes and livelihoods working with climate savvy farmers and landholders through their coaching business, based on the Granite Belt. Growing up in the Lockyer Valley, Kym has a strong connection with the farming sector. She has a background in health and good food having been a Commercial Chef for 20 years before turning to Nursing. Her love for nature was born out of chook sheds full of clucking hens and climbing trees as a child.
The wonderment of nature through the eyes of her grandchildren now reminds her of the beauty in small things from ants to butterflies, giving her a strong sense of needing to ensure we leave the planet in a condition that will allow our children’s children to thrive.
Authoring hundreds of articles both on her own website and for other organisations, Kym enjoys writing about all things Regenerative and Resilience building. A keen homesteader, Kym enjoys working with people and nature to build a more resilient future. Together with her husband Strachan, they run workshops and education sessions on Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture and much more. When not working in the community they run Torfoot Farm – a Registered Belted Galloway Stud just outside Stanthorpe.
“I understand what it is to be a concerned mother, grandmother and community member. There is so much to be concerned about in this world. Climate change is creating a crisis that we never thought we would face, let alone leave it to our children and grandchildren. We all want to know that the safety and harmony of our families and loved ones are secure. We want reliable, practical and safe information that will assist us to thrive in the face of a changing world.
My journey began years ago when as the mother of 4 children I decided to go to University as a mature aged student. Taking my degree to become a Registered Nurse, I wanted to be involved in healing and caring for others. Little did I know that what I really wanted was to be involved in healing and caring on a much bigger scale. Sometime later I completed my Permaculture Design Certificate with Geoff Lawton and so began my journey into the world of nature. Since then I have taken many different courses and continue to read and practice the permaculture principles in my daily life. I love to share an abundance of organic veggies, a healthy home full of sunlight and a family full of busy hands, muddy boots at the door, good food simmering on the stove, and a community around you that you can rely on in troubling or difficult times.
Being a Volunteer Community Educator and Fire Fighter with our Rural Fire Brigade has added another layer to my life, which means I get to talk to a lot of people, from many walks of life. Being a nurse in our community and a volunteer firefighter, I see people often on the worst day of their life. The thing that I hear most is that people want to know what to do to prepare for a crisis, emergency, or similar but it is usually after the emergency not before.
These roles have taught me about living more sustainably and efficiently, healing our lands and being safe within our environments. Ready to Adapt was born out of this and much more, which seeks to provide resources and practical information to help you prepare for and build resilience in the face of this ever-changing world. Simple, sustainable, regenerative, practical and actionable steps that we all can take to enhance the safety, harmony, and stability of our families, friends, and communities. Learn how you can take control over your resources and plan for a happy, healthy life no matter what comes to us.“