Fair Food Week Fund-raising Dinner at Lark Hill Winery
13 October, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm| $125 - $150
Join us for a fund-raising evening of
Fair Food, Fine Wine, Fascinating Speakers and Flavoured Favours
at Lark Hill Winery, Bungendore
Treat yourself to:
- Five courses of high quality, locally grown and produced food,
- Matched with Lark Hill’s award winning biodynamic wines,
- Listen to some of our region’s Fair Food heroes speak about their food journeys,
- Bid for some amazing locally crafted items in our silent auction,
- Take home some special gifts from local producers, and
- Help Southern Harvest Association to support our local farmers, producers and food industry.
Scrumpers Garden and Lark Hill have teamed up to bring you a truly gourmet Fair Food experience with all proceeds going to the continued work of Southern Harvest Association, supporting fair food in our region.
While guests mingle on arrival, a variety of canapés and a glass of Roxanne NV Sparkling Pinot Noir will be served;
Followed by three main courses:
- Carpaccio of beef – bitter greens – micro herbs – olive oil – lemon – eggs – onion – fennel
- Asparagus – mushrooms – cheese – raspberry vinegar
- Fillet of pork – quince three ways – Asian greens – balsamic – olive oil
Served with your choice of the 2016 Riesling or the 2015 Shiraz Viognier
The evening will finish with a cheese custard – rhubarb – berries – hazelnut – bread crumbs – honey, served with the 2017 Dial M for Marsanne.
* Menu subject to change with availability of local and seasonal ingredients * special dietary requirements need to given at the time of booking * Additional wine and other beverages are available for purchase from the bar
John’s long involvement in permaculture began when he completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC), in Chiltern, Victoria in 1992 with Vries and Hugh Gravestein who were taught by Bill Mollison. Permaculture became both a life path and career. John is now recognised as an elder within the Permaculture movement in Australia.
With his partner Sharon, John established Brogo Permaculture Gardens in the Bega Valley, NSW 22 years ago. Abundance was created and excess produce from the property is now sold at local outlets under Organic Certification.
John works as a design consultant, a PDC teacher throughout the temperate climate of SE Australia and SE Asia. In SE Asia, John and Sharon, share a commitment to maintain a high standard of permaculture education through workshops and developing local teachers to deliver the PDC in their language.
Locally, in the Bega Valley, John has played the voluntary role of a bioregional strategist in his community. He’s been President of SCPA- South East Producers for 15 years, an NGO community group focused on building a local food economy. With his PDC tutor Hugh Gravestein, they originated the South Coast Field Days in 1995 that was Australia’s first such event focusing on promoting ‘Sustainable Living & Land Use’. These Field Days also announced the Bega Valley as a prime region for relocalisation.
For 2 years, John promoted permaculture regionally on ABC Radio hosting a weekly segment called ‘Future Directions’ with Tim Holt. He was on the Board of Permaculture Australia for 3 years and is currently the convenor of Permafund, a charitable group that receives and distributes funds for needy permaculture projects worldwide.
John was brought up on Palarang, a grazing property near Bombala on the Southern Monaro, and took over management in late 2002. Palarang was first certified organic in March 2005 with the Biological Farmers of Australia. They are now certified with SCPA Organics, a regional peer review system that aligns well with their local selling focus.
Stock health is maintained primarily with a healthy and diverse pasture promoted by a version of Andre Voisin’s rational grazing and supplemented with Pat Coleby’s ‘Healthy’ sheep and cattle mineral licks. Sheep and cattle are all grass fed on pasture, a mixture of introduced and native grasses. Pigs are free range on organic pasture. John uses the native biodiversity as a barometer of ecosystem health.
In December 2014 John bought the Butchers shop in Bombala and since his farm was not big enough to supply the shop, he sources local, grass fed, grass finished produce grown on diverse pastures (some over 70 species) from farmers that have been acknowledged in their ability to grow carbon rich soil. Farmer John Walker is often found at local farmers markets talking directly with his consumers. He also provides a ‘to you door’ delivery service of bulk and specials boxes of local, grass fed and finished meat. These are delivered free from Eden, through the Bega valley up to Batemans Bay and to the Bombala, Cooma and Canberra/ Queanbeyan regions. See www.palarang.com for more info.
A highlight of John’s year is the annual Carbon Conference where passionate farmers and dedicated scientists share their knowledge on storing and measuring soil carbon. John’s passion for sharing knowledge extends to his own hosted Field Day with talks on native grasslands and landscape farming bringing both professionals and consumer enthusiasts together every year.“I’m passionate about soil, carbon rich sustaining soil. The products grown and the people that grow in this loved soil are my inspiration. I attempt to connect real food with real people, helping the consumer to know and understand the producer and their life giving soil, building resilient communities above and below ground”.
Representative from Lark Hill
This event is being held as part of Fair Food Week 2017