Background of the Owner and Technical Manager: Avard de Leeuw

Born in Holland, Avard gained wide knowledge and worked on farms from a young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural, specialising in Economics, Animal Husbandry and Nutrition. Avard immigrated to Australia in 1981 and gained extensive experience working as a independent, agricultural consultant throughout Australia until he joined forces with Interfarms Australia, an International company.

He has in depth knowledge of:

* Farm Management, Methods, Planning and Selection
* Farm Budgeting, Finance, Economics and Systems
* Fertiliser Planning, Crop Rotations and Irrigation Systems
* Climates, Soils, Animal Health and Nutrition

Interfarms Australia began in 1997 through numerous requests of prospective immigrants requiring assistance to settle in Australia and because of Avard’s strong background in Agriculture and knowledge of the country, it was a perfect partnership.

The business has grown due to the high demand of their consulting services and now supports a large number of consultants. In addition to giving support and various immigration services to their agricultural clients, Interfarms Australia also assists farmers and investors both internationally and within Australia with their selection and purchase of an investment or lifestyle property, in some cases providing ongoing management.

Our consultants are well informed with agricultural industries such as dairy, beef cattle, sheep, piggery, poultry, cropping and horticulture. All of these industries offer enormous possibilities in Australia. The broad knowledge available within Interfarms Australia has seen successful settlement of migrants and investors on cropping farms, dairies, piggeries, fruit farms, lifestyle farms, and the development of a mushroom farm.

Interfarms Australia provides management and administrative services for several farms on behalf of investors and investor syndicates. Professional conduct, requests from clients, coupled with a uniquely specialised service and a close working relationship with other Interfarms Consultants located in other countries, has seen the business grow rapidly.

Support Staff of Interfarms Australia

Maggie de Leeuw
Maggie gained a degree in Theology and a diploma in Ministry and has practised as an ordained minister. She is a great support system for Avard and gives wonderful encouragement to the clients both telephonically or personally through their migration process.

John van der Zwaan
John was raised and educated in horticulture in Holland and migrated to Australia in 1981. For the past 17 years he had a very successful dairy farming enterprise in the irrigation districts of Northern Victoria. It is known for its first-rate pastures, good cow health, production and excellent economic returns. Having sold the dairy John now owns and operates a mixed farm in the Murray Valley irrigation district in southern New South Wales, growing crops, Lucerne and raising cattle and sheep. He also finds time to assist Interfarms Australia and their clients, informing them about the Riverina and Northern Victoria irrigation districts, the systems of farming, irrigation, pasture production, etc. John's vast experience is of great value in teaching and supporting clients after settlement in these districts.

Herman and Saskia van Lulofs-Umbgrove
Herman and Saskia immigrated to Tasmania with the assistance of Interfarms Australia. They had a successful mixed farming enterprise in Holland with dairy and cropping. They are now happily living and working on the Tasmanian North Coast on their coastal dairy farm with their four young children. Even though they have a dairy farm with 180 cows they still find time to assist our clients visiting the Northern Tasmania region.

Herman and Saskia are great ambassadors for Interfarms as they were completely satisfied with the services provided to them throughout the whole of their migration process from farm selection, purchasing, settlement through to aftercare.

Johanna Paxton
Johanna provides assistance and management in the office. She is experienced in a wide range of office management, information gathering, organising and setting up reports and presentations. Johanna was born in Holland and migrated to Australia with her family when she was 7 years old.She is a keen horsewoman and also lives on a property not far from our office.

Associated Consultants
From time to time Interfarms Australia works together with other highly professional and experienced consultants in various regions or on specific projects. These projects may range from building design to environmental studies, to specific knowledge of crops or other agricultural pursuits.