backyardpic

Hi I’m Jem…

I take eating seriously. So food has to be real, taste fantastic & mean something. This happens when you grow your own & let the seasons set your menu. Several years ago, my locavore living led me to start an organic fruit & veg garden (with beehives) in our inner-city backyard. And it doesn’t get more local than that. It’s cheap, involves zero food miles & is my idea of a good time. I tend to think if you’re not eating, cooking or planting what to eat next…what is the point really?

My experience in horticulture & permaculture has taught me that gardening is a constant learning process. It still blows my mind every time I eat from my garden & share produce with others. I’m a lazy gardener so if I can grow food, anyone can! It’s powerful, therapeutic, nutritious, improves food security & offers endless physical/ mental health benefits. So it makes sense to grow food in every available home or community space. Slow down & start growing.

JJ2

My background...

After co-owning a food coaching business, I joined the Food Revolution, working at the 1st Jamie’s Ministry of Food in Australia to develop & teach cooking classes (& hang with Jamie). In recent years, I’ve been working in health promotion implementing nutrition, physical activity & gardening programs across Queensland. As a Public Health Nutritionist, my interest is empowering communities to grow their own & reap the benefits. I’m also an educator at Northey St City Farm & an OzHarvest volunteer.

My academic background is in social science, psychology & a master of public health. Currently I’m doing my honours in law. In the past, I specialised in the areas of relationship/ family therapy, addictions & mental health. I have also worked extensively in community engagement & development.

I live with my fellow urban farmer (husband Dave) & 2 rescue kitties.

18 Comments

  1. Padaek
    June 27, 2014

    Hi Jem,

    Your blog is wonderful and very entertaining to read. Glad I found it and am looking forward to following and reading your lovely posts in detail. Your lifestyle with food and gardening is a dream. Learning with food and gardening is so therapeutic and fulfilling, I think. Lol @ ‘I don’t have to get up at 5am on Saturdays anymore’ – great reason! πŸ™‚

    Here are a couple of online personalities I would like to share with you – you might already know/follow them. Garden Amateur is packed full of awesome food and gardening ideas and a joy to read. My Sad Cat is a melancholic feline poet, but totally awesome! πŸ™‚

    http://gardenamateur.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/MYSADCAT

    Thanks Jem. Have a happy day! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      June 27, 2014

      Thanks so much Padaek! I really appreciate that feedback and will definitely check out those links…sounds right up my alley! I’m looking forward to your delicious recipes. Have a good one πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows
    February 11, 2015

    Jem! I cannot express how lucky I feel for you to have stumbled on my blog which led me to FALLING IN LOVE with yours.

    I feel like Ive met my long lost twin who managed to escape to the better growing conditions of Queensland while I got stuck in temperamental Melbourne πŸ™‚

    Cant wait to follow/read and engage with you.

    Cheers,

    Emma

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      February 11, 2015

      Lol…I felt that way when I found your blog Emma! I actually came across you on Instagram and that’s how I found it. I envy you in Melbourne, I used to live there a long time ago. Brisbane growing conditions in Summer kind of suck! Looking forward to following your garden πŸ™‚

      Reply
  3. E / dig in hobart
    February 14, 2015

    Hello Jem, i’m returning the favour and checking out your beautiful looking site! I agree with so many of your thoughts here about seasonal food and growing your own. Can’t wait to read more and look around. E

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      February 14, 2015

      Thanks E! I’m really glad I found your blog. Especially since Tasmania is one of my favourite places in the world πŸ™‚

      Reply
  4. Function 9
    February 15, 2015

    Great blog, loving the permaculture vibe. Keep the great posts coming!

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      February 15, 2015

      Thanks so much function 9! Yes, I’m also loving and learning the permaculture vibe πŸ™‚

      Reply
  5. Sky
    October 26, 2015

    Great, informative posts. Keep up the good work.

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      October 26, 2015

      Thanks Sky! I feel the same about your blog…some really amazing stuff there. Will be learning from your posts for sure πŸ™‚

      Reply
  6. A Kailyard in Adelaide
    October 29, 2015

    Thanks for finding my blog! Now I get to read all your fabulous entries πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      October 29, 2015

      Thanks for that Rachel. I’m really glad I found yours πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. Nicole Hunt
    February 3, 2016

    Hi Jemma, I don’t know if this is the right Jemma. Did you go to Good Shepherd Primary School in Melbourne. If this the right Jemma, I’ve been searching for you for a very long time.

    If this not the right Jemma, my apologies , I do love your website….

    Nicole Hunt

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      February 5, 2016

      Wow-blast from the past Nicole! It’s the right Jemma. Thanks for that, will be in contact πŸ™‚

      Reply
  8. Sam Rutherford
    March 22, 2016

    Love your blog Jem! Really glad I found it. Looking forward to following your gardening adventures πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      March 22, 2016

      Thanks so much Sam, I appreciate that. Gardening is always an adventure πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. Cathy @ Cathy's Corner
    February 6, 2017

    I have just found your blog Jem. It looks fantastic! So good to find gardening blogs like this. Permaculture is something I have discovered recently. Looking forward to reading more…

    Cathy πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • lostinutensils
      February 6, 2017

      Hi Cathy, thanks so much for stopping by. I’m so excited you have discovered permaculture…so you have come to the right blog LOL. Once you learn about permaculture, you never turn back πŸ™‚

      Reply

Leave a Comment