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Everyone’s re-connected with local farmers in the past fortnight – strawberry farmers anyway – but when there’s no crisis to throw public support behind, the farmer-consumer connection largely vanishes.
As WA’s largest private cooking school, we’re committed to bring together the state’s farmers and end consumers – those of us putting food in front of our families each day.
Food Tours to Australia’s growing regions are a joy to be a part of. Hosting the most recent tour – a collaboration with Southern Forest Food Council – we took 18 participants on a full-immersion exploration of the south-west forests region, meeting the characters who work the land and sampling their wares.
Everyone was bowled over at the array of quality produce that is being grown in our state by hardworking, visionary producers.
We learnt first-hand about best farming practices and why they only need minimal interference during the growing period, how and when they harvest, the challenges they face on the farm and once the produce has left the gate.
Each of the producers along with staff let us into a very personal part of their lives – and it was an unforgettable experience.
When we announced the next trip, over 50% of the participants from the first trip immediately signed up again. The tour was fully booked within 48 hours.
I wasn’t surprised. I know that when everyday people meet the people who grow the fresh food we eat, something very special happens.
Connections are made and understandings are formed … and it doesn’t take a crisis.
It’s evident to us that many consumers are disconnected from the fresh food they eat and unbeknownst to many, they desperately need to understand how to make learned choices. Their decisions will affect food diversity and security in the future. And I believe the ‘future’ is now!
We share professional knowledge in our teaching kitchen in the desire that others are inspired and begin to feel the same way as we do about food. The rewards of cooking fresh produce at home are never-ending and it brings connectivity into each and every one of our lives.
Short term, it will put fresh healthy food on our plates and in our bodies, benefitting ourselves, WA’s primary producers and the state’s economy. This long-term project means more now than ever the important message of re-connecting with our food means everyone’s a winner.
VIEW DETAILS OF OUR NEXT TRIP TO THE SOUTHERN FORESTS
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