Episode 23 - Matt Donovan - Food for Change

In this episode we interview Matt Donovan co-founder and director of Food for Change, a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to alleviate food insecurity in Australia. Food for change grows fresh food, rescues small scale food not currently catered for, and supports established local relief agencies to deliver more food to those in need.

Episode 22 -  Lou Ridsdale - Food is Free Inc

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.

Episode 21 - Bec Djordjevic - Munash Organics

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.

Episode 18 - Blayne Bertoncello - OMY Restaurant

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.

Episode 17 - Andrew Monk - Australian Organic Limited

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.

Episode 15 - Tyrone Brown - Little Yarra Dairy

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.

Episode 14 - Melanie Scott - Agreena - Gall Wasp

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. 

Episode 13 - Nick Russo - Summer Snow Juice

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.  

Episode 12 - Matt and Lentil - Grown and Gathered

On this episode we hear from Matt and Lentil, a married couple who have recently released a book called Grown and Gathered. It’s tagline is ‘Traditional Living made Modern’.

As they explain, the book is a culmination of what they have learnt over the years growing food and flowers including some tips on slowing things down and attempting to live more simply and traditionally.   The two talk about the highlights and the challenges of learning the farming process, as well as managing social media, mentors and future aspirations.  

Episode 11 - Alex Olsson - Olsson's Sea Salt

On this episode of the Hungry Gardener Podcast I chat with Alexandra Olsson from ‘Olsson's’, the oldest family-owned and operated salt company in Australia. The business produces high-end salt flakes and animal salt supplements. Alex provides a fascinating insight into the history of the company, the production process, and her family’s passion for salt production.

Episode 10 - Miranda Sharp - Melbourne Farmers Markets

In the tenth episode of The Hungry Gardener, and our first for 2017, I chat to Miranda Sharp of Melbourne Farmer’s Markets. Miranda is an important figure in the local food arena and has been instrumental in championing Farmers Markets here in Melbourne for the past 15 years.  

We discuss her early career, farmer market highlights and successes and how she approaches her own shopping. Her respect and admiration for farmers and passionate dedication to the promotion of local produce is inspiring. Hope you enjoy the listen. 

Episode 9 - Nikki Valentini - The Growing Abundance Project

In this episode, I speak to Nikki Valentini of The Growing Abundance Project. Nikki is a passionate and hard working innovator and supporter of community focused projects. Our shared Italian background led us to discuss food and its importance to family and to our heritage. We discuss how she encourages and maintains community engagement with her various projects in the Castlemaine community where she lives.

Episode 8 - Julie Armstrong - Act For Bees

In episode 8, I interview Julie Armstrong from the organisation ‘ACT FOR BEES’. Julie’s passion is raising awareness about bees through education. She examines the threats bees currently face, and the critical importance of healthy bee populations, given they are directly responsible for the pollination of plants, trees and therefore the food we eat.

Episode 7 - Darren Aitken - Vortex Veggies

In episode 7, I chat to Darren Aitken, a biodynamic farmer and owner of Vortex Veggies. Darren was a pleasure to chat with and has some insightful and progressive thinking about current farming practices. He explains to me what fuels his belief in the biodynamic process.

Episode 6 - Kaye Roberts-Palmer - Save our Citrus

This episode we speak to Kaye Roberts-Palmer who is a passionate advocate for ‘Save our Citrus'. We learn about the danger posed by the invasive 'gall wasp' and its devastating effect on citrus trees all across Melbourne. She explains what to look for, pruning techniques, disposal of the affected limbs, and how to educate friends and neighbours of this serious issue we are facing in our backyards.  


Episode 5 - John Challis - Virgin Worm Poo


This episode we speak to John Challis who runs a business producing Virgin Worm Poo. John farms millions of worms on his property and has developed his own techniques for producing maximum quality poo and for maintaining the health and longevity of his worms. He also shares tips for growing healthier plants, getting started with food composting and offers some surprising observations he has made about worms in general. A very interesting listen.