TREASURER & ACTING CHAIRPERSON KAT LOMBARDO
Kat has lived in Margaret River since 2002 and in 2010 was successfully appointed the role of the Margaret River Farmers Market manager with the Margaret River Regional Producers Association.
Kat has gained considerable knowledge over the years of Farmers’ Markets and the many opportunities farmers markets can bring to a community. Kat is passionate about conveying the message of what an authentic farmers market can be and for this reason has had a committed role in creating the WA Farmers Markets Association (WAFMA) with the other WAFMA committee members.
Kat strongly upholds the WAFMA goal to better inform the public, government bodies, individuals and groups as to what a true and sustainable farmers market is and to support start up farmers markets to aspire to a level of authenticity best suited to them.
SECRETARY BETH SHORTHOUSE
Beth has been associated with the Manjimup Farmers Market since its inception in 2003 whilst also supporting the Australian Farmers Markets Association since 2003. Beth operates a business with her husband John, called Yallamurrup where they value add berries. Their jams and fresh berries are sold at the Manjimup Farmers Market while jam and frozen berries are sold at outlets from the Tree Top Walk in Walpole in the south to Bridgetown in the north and Nannup to the west and all places in between. As well as being farmers’ market stallholder Beth has also filled Manjimup Farmers markets committee positions of president, secretary, treasurer and market manager. Beth has been involved with the WA Farmers Market Association since its conception in 2014 and currently fills the position of secretary.
Yvonne is the current chairperson of the Geraldton Greenough Farmers Market (GGFM) and has been associated with it since its inception in 2008. Yvonne gains great satisfaction watching its community and customer attendance and stallholders often selling out within the first hour.
The turning point for the GGFM was in October 2009 when Jane Adams the then chair of the Australian Farmers Markets Association Jane Adams presented on the importance of paddock to plate and a Sponsorship from Great Northern Rural for the 2009 NRM Conference “Changing Environments”
Yvonne operates a holistic livestock farm 30 km east of Geraldton producing wool and meat sheep. Aspiring to selling their Wahroonga meat at the GGFM but facing regulatory health and financial barriers, Yvonne has a good understanding of some of the challenges facing primary producers and their ability to sell at farmers markets. Yvonne and her GGFM volunteers operate the GGFM Mobile Kitchen every farmers markets whilst also providing a social meeting place for the volunteers giving them a sense of place and purpose at the GGFM.
Nicole works for the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce as the Market Manager of the Kalamunda Farmers Market. Nicole commenced this role in January 2017 and prior to that was a stallholder at the Kalamunda farmers market since 2014.
David Vincent has been the owner operator of the Farmers Market on Manning since 2009.
David has a key interest in promoting organic farming and has an extensive business background predominantly in the retail sector. As a member of the Lions club of Manning, David also gains satisfaction from supporting local community groups, hence his involvement as a WAFMA committee member since 2014 where he can also support growers state wide.
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