Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins is owner, wool producer, entrepreneur and educator at Tabandy Farm in Candelo New South Wales in Australia. She is also an TV Personality and Member of the Australia Fibre Collective.
With her unstoppable energy, she will join the conference from the land down under and we in the project team are so happy to have her. Although the conference focus on issues in the Baltic Sea Area, we think we have something to learn from many places in the world. The image of Australia as one of the leadings wool countries in the world, is not fully true. Yes, it is one of the most productive countries when it comes to the number of sheep, producing wool and with an infrastructure around wool that we, at least here in Sweden, might envie. But – the lack of processing and manufactoring local wool in Australia was the fact that lead to the processes of a change by some. Australian Fibre Collective wanted to strengthen the collaboration amongst woolproducers and make a trademark om wool grown and manufacturered in Australia. Tabitha will have a talk about this togheter with Trish Esson, who we will introduce separately.
Tabitha with family have run sheep on their farm for nearly 20 years. She has been a spinner for 30 years and over the past 13 years has established a small wool business that has led to many entrepreneurial adventures such as hosting workshops, regular appearances on River Cottage Australia television series, and presenting ‘artist in residence programs’ in schools with children from preschool age through to highschool.
Tabandy Farm are passionate about wool and their 80 sheep which comprises a variety of sheep breeds for all types of wool applications.as their customers enquiries are diverse. The Farm sells online, to retail outlets, to high schools and at markets. Also, as mentioned above, Tabandy Farm is a member of Australian Fibre Collective. Tabitha was an inaugural board member.
Meet Tabitha at the conference – register here!