Writer, journalist and accidental farmer
Sydney, New South Wales
Neil Varcoe is a writer, journalist and technology executive with an unexpected side — he owns and operates a regenerative farm.
Warramba sits on 104 acres of native grassland in the Capertee Valley in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The farm blends traditional farming techniques with new ideas and technology. It’s also a luxury farm stay and fashion location.
He has worked at Rural Press (now Nine Entertainment), News Corp and the ABC, and launched social news startup Storyful in Australia. Most recently, Neil worked at Google, creating a world-first training program for newsrooms. The curriculum focused on building audience and revenue for news businesses of all sizes and at every stage. He presently splits his time between the city and a role in tech and the farm.
In his spare time, Neil is a Dad to daughter Molly, son Tom and a delinquent cattle dog named Mate. He drives a classic car and writes short stories. Neil is a first-generation farmer.