AFMA is the national peak organisation for the Australian farmers’ market sector.
The membership of the AFMA Executive Committee comprises a representative from each state farmers’ market association, plus specialist co-opted members. The maximum membership is set at 10.
NSW Rep: FMANSW
QLD Rep: QFMA
VIC Rep: VFMA
WA Rep: WAFMA
Michael McNamara, Pecora Dairy
A champion and catalyst of farmers’ markets since 1999, Jane’s original US research was pivotal to introducing the sector in Australia. Her marketing consultancy company specialises in food, wine and regional community development projects. An occasional food writer, she grows fruit trees and leafy greens on her Sydney balcony.
Richard Bennett has been involved with Willunga Farmers Market since soon after its inception as a customer, producer of award-winning garlic, and recently, Operations Management. He has long term interests in sustainable agriculture, and experience with dairying, beef cattle and managing farm forestry systems in the Adelaide Hills.
Manager of the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market and Castlemaine Farmers’ Market (VIC), Chris is also a committee member of the VFMA. His career has been focused on IT and business management.
As an import to Tasmania, Kim Hewitt fell instantly in love with the state’s amazing produce. She joined the Harvest Launceston team to make their collective dream of a local farmers’ market come true. She continues to be involved in the operational management of the award-winning Harvest Farmers’ Market.
Michael is the proprietor of Pecora Dairy, specialist ewes milk cheese producers in the NSW Southern Highlands. He is also a committee member of the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers Association. Pecora successfully launched their business in farmers’ markets and trade regularly at several, including Sydney’s Carriageworks Farmers’ Market.
An executive with the NSW public service with qualifications and more than 20 years experience in public health nutrition, health promotion and food systems. Jane has been professionally engaged in all three tiers of government, including a local government sustainable agriculture project. She is passionate about local food and its capacity to bring people and communities together.
Jenny is a primary producer and Chairperson of the WA Farmers’ Markets Association. Her long involvement with farmers’ markets dates to the establishment of the Gascoyne Growers Markets (WA). Her published research measures the social, economical and environmental impact of this market on local community. Jenny works for WA Country Health as a health promotion practitioner.
Kate has been the manager of the award-winning SAGE Farmers’ Market at Moruya since it began in 2013. She is also President of the recently formed Farmers Markets Alliance of NSW and a member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. Kate has a firm belief in the importance of farmers’ markets in a healthy and diverse local food system.
Stuart is an architect and artist with a lifelong passion for sustainability and food, and was a founding member of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla). He chairs the management committee of the award-winning SAGE Farmers’ Market in Moruya, NSW.
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