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.
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.