Inspired by a childhood of growing strange plants, Shane trained in research biochemistry, but abandoned academia when the GFC provided ample warning of the unfolding arc of history. He is now retired to a sprawling, weed choked experimental farm in subtropical eastern Australia. He puts potential crops through a gruelling gauntlet of challenges to see which are suitable for zero input agriculture, where they are pushed to perform without irrigation, pest control, imported fertility or mechanised assistance.

Dr. Shane Simonsen has been a guest on 1 episode.