RESTAURATEUR AND FOOD PRODUCER, 36 Palisa, her husband, Matt, 48, and their children Soraya and Archie, love life on their 46-hectare Tyagarah property in NSW. What’s your favourite country escape? Boon Luck Farm, our farm in the Byron Shire. In the past year I have fallen in love with Cygnet in Tasmania. I adore Wharekauhau Lodge in Palliser Bay and Kaiteriteri in New Zealand. How would you describe your style? It’s not something I think about. My family and friends would say it is free-range, natural and eclectic but, above all else, functional. What are your wardrobe essentials? For the city, 7 for All Mankind denims, Watson x Watson shirts, Cos basics (like tees), affordable cashmere knits, my old Paul Smith calfskin ankle boots and Sophie Digard knitted scarves. On the farm, linen trousers, Kit and Ace technical tops, and Hunter wellies, plus Rowie dresses for the beach. What do you always pack when travelling? Decent shoes because I love to explore by foot. On research trips, we can eat up to 10 meals a day so elasticated pants come in handy! Do you have any favourite accessories? My scarves and children’s handmade necklaces. What are your go-to beauty essentials? My ethos is, if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t use it on your skin. Caroline from Est Australia makes the most delicious body butter (beeswax, olive oil and essential oils). On my face, I use an antioxidant, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C oil from a compounding pharmacy. For clear skin, I drink tisanes that I make with a mixture of dried rhizomes, herbs and flowers. What do you never leave home without? Est Australia Rose and Honey Remedy for lips, Vallentine’s Honey for sore throats and cuts, and dragon’s blood liquid resin for insect bites. What are you reading/listening to? The Weed Forager’s Handbook by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-rowland. I listen to podcasts in the field; on rotation are Sustainable World Radio, BBC’S The Food Programme and TED Radio Hour. Best style advice you’ve received? Don’t waste energy on junk — save for quality not quantity. It’s a mantra applicable to everything in life. How do you manage work/life balance? As best as I can, day to day. My husband Matt is my true partner in everything and has shouldered the burden equally in work and home life. > Follow @boonluckfarm on Instagram.
CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE Palisa ready to harvest produce; herbs gathered for her tisanes; Palisa also includes flowers and dried rhizomes in the tisanes. FACING PAGE Palisa with Soraya and Archie wandering through the farm.