ACT / National – Michael Croft
A farmer, Michael operates a vertically integrated, value adding, field to fork operation, bridging the city-country divide in southern NSW. Passionate about biological farming, diversity and resilient food systems, he walks the talk of triple bottom line, promoting eating as an agricultural and ecological act. Michael is a director of several industry organisations, a leader in the Slow Food movement, national spokesperson for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and author. He is currently on Australian Rural Leadership scholarship and pursuing post grad studies in Australian Leadership at James Cook University.
He can be contacted via [email protected]
Adelaide and South Australia – Nat Wiseman
Nat Wiseman has a background in natural science and is currently finishing a Masters of Planning, with a special interest in how planning can facilitate and expand urban and peri-urban food production in an era of climate change and resource shortages. He is an active member of several South Australian food-centred non-profit organisations, including the Reclaim the Foodchain collective of Friends of the Earth Adelaide, and the Permaculture Association of South Australia. He is passionate about growing food, and has recently formed an Adelaide Urban Farming group to help share skills, tools and knowledge about growing food commercially in small urban spaces.
He can be reached at [email protected]
Brisbane and South-East Queensland – Cat Green
Cat Green’s interest in healthy local food systems arose after witnessing food insecurity in the Middle East in 2008. Cat’s particularly excited by the People’s Food Plan, as she a passionate ‘community diy’ supporter and believes that people have the capacity to create and shape their own future. Cat is a member of many local food groups in Brisbane and has several years experience in local and international community development and humanitarian aid.
You can contact her at [email protected]
Newcastle region – Rhyall Gordon
Rhyall Gordon has worked for many years in community development and social planning. He is a PhD student at the University of Newcastle and is researching the whats, whys and hows (and a little bit of wheres) of alternative economies. He is particularly interested in the economics of food sovereignty.
He is involved with a number of food sovereignty initiatives in the Newcastle area, two of which are:
- Beanstalk Food Cooperative — www.beanstalk.org.au and
- Nourishing Newcastle — http://www.transitionnewcastle.org.au/project/nourishing-newcastle
Rhyall can be contacted at [email protected]
NSW Mid-north Coast / National – Nick Rose
Nick Rose is the national coordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and a Director of the Food Connect Foundation, affiliated with the pioneering Brisbane-based food social enterprise, Food Connect. Previously he worked and lived in England (1993-2000), and Guatemala (2000-2006), where he founded and directed a human rights organisation. He completed in May 2012 a doctoral thesis through RMIT University’s Global Cities Institute on the global movement for food sovereignty, and has worked with colleagues in Victoria and Queensland on local food scoping studies, as well as on sustainable agriculture and rural futures strategy development. Locally, he was a co-founder and leading member of the Coffs Coast Local Food Alliance and the Bellingen Community Gardens Association.
He can be reached at [email protected]
Sydney / National – Claire Parfitt
Claire Parfitt is a research student at the University of Sydney. Claire practiced law after graduation before moving to the trade union movement as a researcher and campaigner. She has worked for local and international trade unions and the environment movement, and now writes about food sovereignty.
Claire can be reached at [email protected]
Melbourne and surrounds – Neesh Wray
Neesh Wray has been involved in a number of community food projects including seeding food co-ops and local harvest swapmeets. She is currently completing a Masters of Social Work looking at food security. Neesh is passionate about promoting sustainable food and building a food justice movement in Australia.
Neesh can be reached at [email protected],
Bendigo & Northern Victoria – Jennifer Alden
Jennifer is a Health Broker, her business Growing Change consulting to organisations and community to create opportunities to strengthen health promotion efforts. She writes a couple of blogs, Growing Change, covering issues such as why we need to change the food system, and The Backyard Pharmacy at Maison Bleue, on her website http://www.healthbrokers.com.au
With three decades experience working to improve health and wellbeing in the community, her most recent role was as CEO of Cultivating Community. She has a Doctorate of Public Health, is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and the Australian Food Hubs Network. She is also involved with supporting local food initiatives in the Bendigo region, including the establishment of Incredible Edible Eaglehawk.
Jen can be reached at [email protected]
Hobart / Tasmania – Hannah Moloney
Hannah is the President of the Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network, has a post-graduate diploma in Community Cultural Development, a diploma in Permaculture and has worked with urban food systems for over 10 years. Having grown up on a small herb farm in inner city Brisbane, she has a firm foundation of the delight and necessity of growing food in and close to where the majority of people live, the city.
In 2011 Hannah was chosen as one of two Australian women to travel to Tanzania and Uganda as part of ActionAid’s Fertile Ground campaign. While there, she met with women small-hold farmers and experienced the importance of their role in increasing food security for African countries. See her blog about these issues here. Hannah has a particular interest in community composting in cities and advocating for small-hold farmers in urban, peri-urban and rural settings. For more background information see her website.
Hannah can be reached at [email protected]
Western Australia – Kelly & William Newton-Wordsworth
Kelly and William Newton-Wordsworth are biodynamic/organic farmers from Williams in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. They have three children and together as a family have just recently won the Sustainability Award in the West Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
They have been farming without the use of any pesticides, chemicals or artificial fertilisers since 1987. They are known as pioneers in the field of biodynamic agriculture in WA. They produce a wide range of foods including beef, lamb, oats, olives (including olive oil and olives in brine), pistachios, citrus, quinces, figs and other fruits and vegetables and sell their produce Australia wide and in Harvey Nichols in London.
They also breed horses for 3-Day eventing, have an online shop, and eco-tourism is a developing new business for the family. They have biodynamic farm stays and now run events for education and for guests to experience the taste sensation of biodynamic and organic food in their on-farm café. http://www.williamsriverproduce.com
Together Kelly and William write a monthly column “The Organic Life” for West Australian rural newspaper ‘The Countryman’.
Kelly is a multi-award winning, international singer songwriter. Her song “One World, One Planet” won the environmental song of the year for Australia in 2001. http://www.kellynewtonwordsworth.com Kelly can be contacted at [email protected]
William is also the chairman of a co-operative company of West Australian organic and biodynamic family farmers, the ‘Organic and Biodynamic Meats (Western Australia) Co-operative Ltd’. William can be contacted at [email protected].