We are so proud to be living in an area that is actively promoting its local produce and encouraging more people to get involved with growing food. Our local Farmers Market has steadily grown over the past couple of years, starting as a small event every second Saturday and evolving to a large, bustling weekly event. Our monthly Swap Shuffle Share keeps growing and local gardening groups and Face Book pages are providing information and forums for discussion. The latest initiative is a combined effort by the Margaret River Regional Producers Association and the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, a small booklet taking visitors on a visual and literary journey around some of the farms and small vineyards in our region. What’s exciting about this booklet is that it not only represents fabulous local food but also fantastic local talent…………and here’s my opportunity to give three local artists a plug!
Graphic Design – Nic Bowen-Sant
Nic is starting to get a name for himself around the South-West, partly because he has such an excellent eye for design and partly, I’m sure because he loves the area as much as we do. Nic also did the Fair Harvest graphics and it’s great to work with someone who holds the same environmental ethics as us and is keen to promote local produce and people. You can contact him at [email protected] to sit down over a coffee and browse his printed folio.
Photography – Michelle Troop
Michelle has been a friend of Fair Harvest for many years, even living here in the days that we were Carters Rd Community and it’s so exciting to see her blossoming as a professional photographer. While Michelle is working as a wedding photographer (visit her range of wedding photos on her website Le Photogenic ) Michelle is always involved in some exciting community project such as her Weight of the World project she did with Artist Tash Bostock and her awesome street art project Margaret River Exposed.
Author – Miranda Aitken
Miranda has gone to extraordinary lengths to capture the spirit of the growers in our region. Visiting every property with open eyes and a ready pen, she has discovered what drives the passion behind the people, whether it is ties to family tradition, a drive for a new life or a love of the land. Miranda is known as a local poet and you can view her People of the River/Bilya River Song on the main street as you drive through Margaret River. Follow Miranda Aitken Professional and Creative Writing on Facebook.
It was an honour to hold the launch of this special booklet here at Fair Harvest and for it to have received so much local support, we are also pretty chuffed to be included in the booklet. Pick up your free copy next time you visit or find a copy at the Margaret River Farmers Market or the Margaret River Visitors Centre.