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 the president 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.
Janelle is a long-standing stallholder at Margaret River Farmers’ Market and a member of the market committee. The family farm produces table grapes, dried grapes, citrus and preserves. Her professional off-farm life has focused on community health and nutrition.
Brenda is a long-standing stallholder in SA farmers’ markets and traditional market gardener/ horticulturist at the family-owned Aldna Farms on the flood plains at Gawler SA.
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.