Rank #1: 22 - Lou Ridsdale - Food is Free Inc - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP22
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.
It’s such a simple and fantastic idea...People can leave excess food for others to share, anyone can pick up seeds to use to grow food, people can drop off compost to be managed and shared. It is a really interesting idea with community at its heart.
Lou has also been instrumental in setting up further community garden initiatives as well. We discussed what motivates her and how the FOOD IS FREE idea came to be.
For more information go to foodisfree.com.au or visit the hungrygardener.com.au
Enjoy the conversation.
Rank #2: 21 - Bec Djordjevic - Munash Organics - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP21
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. Hope you enjoy the conversation.
Rank #3: 20 - Fabian Capomolla - The Hungry Gardener - The Hungry Gardener Podcast- EP20
Rank #4: 19 - Morgan Ranieri - Your Grocer - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP19
It’s a fantastic idea that supports a wide range of small retail, and local businesses.
Rank #5: 18 - Blayne Bertoncello - OMY Restaurant - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP18
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.
I visited the farm and spoke to Blayne as he took me on a tour of the incredible operation that requires a team of dedicated employees and service staff to manage. It is a truly amazing, 7 days a week undertaking, with the restaurant receiving high accolades across the industry including a prestigious Two Hat's for culinary excellence by the Good Food Guide.
We are in awe of the dedication, passion and long-term vision that it takes to run a restaurant like this.
Please enjoy this episode with Blayne Bertoncello of OMY
Rank #6: 17 - Andrew Monk - Australian Organic Limited - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP17
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.
Also included on this episode I answer the next listener question about home-grown garlic.
Rank #7: 16 - Robyn Rosenfeldt - PIP Permaculture Magazine - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP16
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.
I hope you enjoy the interview
Rank #8: 15 - Tyrone Brown - Little Yarra Dairy - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP15
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.
Rank #9: 14 - Melanie Scott - Agreena - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP14
I also introduce a new section to answer listeners question; this week is about how to deal with gall wasp.
Rank #10: 13 - Nick Russo - Summer Snow Juice - The Hungry Gardener Podcast - EP13
We went to visit him on the Farm in Officer, where he showed us the production line, and told us about how the juice business was a result of bad weather that wiped out much of there crop. Hence the name Summer Snow. Hope you enjoy the listen.