This is the second podcast we recorded on our road trip to Ballarat in Central Victoria. We met and spoke with Lou Ridsdale the founder of the FOOD IS FREE not fo profit initiative in Ballarat. We spoke to her in the laneway beside her house which is the official hub for local and community engagement.
On this episode, we speak to Bec Djordjevic of Munash Organics. We visited the family business based in Pootilla, about 10 minutes outside of Ballarat. The company is on 150 acres of certified organic farmland, and specialise in rock mineral, natural fertilisers, using a holistic approach to soil health. It was great to finally meet Bec in person and to chat about her journey.
On this, the last episode of the series, I decided to share my story thus far. This is about my journey and what lead me to start my business “The Hungry Gardener”. Hopefully you enjoy and find it insightful.
On this Episode we talk to Morgan Ranieri of yourgrocer.com.au about the business of home food delivery, and some of the advantages and challenges the company faces competing with the big supermarkets.
I met with Head Chef, Blayne Bertoncello of OMY Restaurant in Beaconsfield, Victoria. Together with his brother Chase, they have built an incredible reputation for creative, inspired and truly seasonal fare that has to be experienced to be believed.
They operate with a sustainable and minimal waste philosophy, and grow almost all of the restaurant produce on a nearby property, including hops for home-made beer and honey from their own bees.
On this Episode we speak to Andrew Monk, Chairman of Australian Organic Limited, a not for profit industry services group in Australia. It has members from the organic farming and food sectors and helps to evolve and improve organic standards. We have a fantastic chat about his career and also go right into some of the technical and practical aspects to organic certification.
On this episode of the Hungry Gardener Podcast, we speak to Robyn Rosenfeldt, founding publisher and editor of PIP Permaculture Magazine.
Its an incredible publication, with beautiful design and photography. The website is a treasure trove of articles, books, blog posts, podcasts and information around Permaculture.
Robyn lives with her family on a two and a half acre property in Pambula.
In this episode of The Hungry Gardener, we speak with Tyrone Brown from Little Yarra Dairy. A 20 acre, family operated, micro-dairy in Launching Place Victoria.
The farm produces milk, yoghurt, cream, and cheese from 12 Jersey cattle, and I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the boutique dairy’s production methods.
We then sat down over a cuppa and Tyrone explained the philosophy behind Bio-Dynamic milk production and the importance of a supportive community to a small business enterprise.
On this episode, we speak to Melanie Scott, founder, creator, and director of Agreena. Agreena produces a reusable silicon wrap product that is an alternative to clingwrap, foils and baking paper. Mel hosted us at her beautiful home in The Yarra Valley, where sheep and chickens huddled outside while some incredible winds were gusting around during the interview. I hope you enjoy this discussion on how she came to developing this product.
On this Episode Nick Russo of Bellevue Orchard and Summer Snow Juice in Officer Victoria. Nick is a Third generation apple farmer and successfully helped grow the business into a juice making power house with many deferent varieties and mixes. They are absolutely delicious, and production just keeps ramping up for this successful business.