Michelle grew up in a tiny drought-stricken town in the WA wheatbelt, and fell in love with the tall trees and green vistas of the Margaret River region on her first visit there as a teenager. As a child, she tended a small garden of her own and was surrounded by her family’s menagerie of pets, farm animals and rescued wildlife, instilling a lifelong passion for raising animals, gardening, and conservation.
Michelle met her partner Mike Hulme when she attended a Permaculture Design Course at his North Fremantle Permaculture Centre, and together they have lived a life devoted to the dream of creating sustainable human settlements, while raising three beautiful children along the way.
Michelle has a degree in Communication and Cultural Studies and a passionate interest in sustainable living, social justice, organic gardening and animal husbandry. Formerly leading the team’s communications efforts among other functions, Michelle’s exemplary research and writing skills have played a crucial role in the development of the project. She is now focused on the community-building aspects of the project while also deftly managing the Sustainable Settlements office.
In her spare time, Michelle tends an organic kitchen garden and milks a small flock of Anglo Nubian goats.