About Us

Our passion for Self Sufficiency in the Backyard


Suburban Farmer is a local family run business that promotes self-sufficiency in your backyard with fresh vegetables, eggs and fish amongst the produce you can grow with help from Suburban Farmer.


WHAA GWAAN everyone!! My name is Mark aka The Rasta Gardener aka Suburban Farmer!

As the Owner/Director of Suburban Farmer, my intention is to show you the ways of HOLISTIC ORGANIC GARDENING and LIFESTYLE, right here in Perth. It all starts with YOU and within your own backyards. With my help, you will become a greater and more enthusiastic gardener with a healthy lean towards PRACTICING and PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE GARDENING and PERMACULTURE.  Now to tell you a little about me…

For many many years now, I’ve been very active amongst the community in getting ORGANIC GARDENING/LIFESTYLE out into the open. Sharing my techniques and RASTAFARI way of gardening to hopefully inspire some of you out there to take charge of your health and happiness more so and to engage you with a HOLISTIC APPROACH to life.

I want to help you create your own REVOLUTION in health and vitality. Help you understand the ways of NATURE and how our bodies – rest of our lives can work together to create one awesome change to mitigate the perils of the outside world and it’s stresses.

Let me take you back to where I first started and explain why I am here now!

Lola and her Poppy the Suburban Farmer!

Some know me as The Rasta Gardener, some know me as a part time irrigator – full time irritator 😊 I’ve always been an avid gardener since I was a little boy playing in my Nonno and Nonna’s market garden in Balcatta, hammering away in the old tool shed, wandering around eating fruit and veg, chasing the chooks and exploring the huge property that had it’s own creek and massive willow tree we used to play under.

When we would get home, Nonna would cook us up something to eat, not once going to the shops for anything. From growing and milling their own flour, to Sunday chook roasts (always counted one less chook each week passing), right through to a medicine cabinet not found inside the house but in a small patch of garden out the back. I Guess this is all where it started from…

Many years went by as life takes you all around, and when you settle, it’s usually at the right place, right time. This is when I had decided it was time to take my passion to the sky up towards MT Zion! I did my HORTICULTURE COURSES, studied as many books and videos as I could but found there was something more important than reading and watching, and that was to put it into action! Trial and error!!   As I was living with my old man, he went to work one day with a back lawn in tack, and returned to a huge hole and grass ripped up everywhere. The takeover was happening. To this day the backyard has had many changes (AQUAPONICS, CHICKENS, FRUIT TREES AND VEG GARDENS, HYDROPONICS, COMPOST BAYS, MEDICINAL AREAS, HOOP HOUSES, SHADE HOUSES, SEEDLING AREAS, MOTHER PLANTS) but the tiny bit of grass left is rapidly disappearing and being replaced all the time with something else.

In taking on the work Jah Rastafari gave me to do, has allowed me to prosper in my own right and give back to our commUNITY as the cycle of life should. Also I would like to give a quick mention to the HORTICULTURE LECTURERS and MENTORS that have helped me over the years  (you know who you are, Brig!!) , it is these folk who put in the hard work training the future and paving the way for new ideas and inspirations. These people have helped me tremendously and now because of their awesome assistance, I am now in a position to pay it forward and help all of you get your GREEN ON!

So, come with me on this awesome adventure and let’s get growing. Let’s cause a REVOLUTION – DISGUISED AS ORGANIC GARDENING!!

Let’s give thanks and praise to Jah Rastafari and may HIM bless our gardens always.

With plenty of friendly advice and the option of ongoing maintenance and supplies, Suburban Farmer gives you all the tools you need to nurture your family with nutrient rich and freshest possible organic produce.


Our passion is to make a difference to our community by sharing our self-sufficient lifestyle and making it possible for other families to experience this simple shift in the way we eat.