Ellen is passionate about fostering healthy and happy communities, and paired with her warm personality, it is no surprise that she has been actively involved in supporting local community groups and organisations such as the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance and the Byford Glades Community Garden. Ellen works with home gardeners through to larger scale orchardists and farmers to develop knowledge about growing affordable, accessible, high quality food. Having studied the soil food web with Dr Elaine Ingham, Ellen seeks to continually grow her understanding of how healthy soils with diverse microbiology provide the nutrient needs of plants whilst protecting them from disease and pest attack - in turn often eliminating the need for inorganic fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides. Ellen is keen to share this information and support the implementation of practices that will assist in developing and nurturing healthy, nutrient rich soil.
Bonnie is a wife, and mother to two young girls. Having grown up on a farm and developing an appreciation for organic farming practices, she has always been motivated to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
After becoming a mother, her desire to provide her family with affordable but healthy and organic, nutrient dense food resulted in a return to growing her own produce. This naturally led to a desire to learn more about how healthy soil with diverse microbiology can positively impact and support the growth of such food.
Bonnie is currently completing her Bachelor of Accounting and recently completed a unit on Sustainability Accounting. The unit highlighted that it is not only important for the world to move to sustainable practices, but that it is imperative. Through her work with EarthWhile Australia, Bonnie hopes to support people to find practical ways to reduce their footprint such as buying local produce or starting a vegetable garden.
In Georgina’s role as an educator, she has worked with staff, parents and children to create improved sustainable practices within schools. Inspired by the interest and curiosity of children in exploring and making these improvements, Georgina continues to undertake learning in this realm. Exploring the benefits of gut health and the healing powers of food, along with Georgina’s voluntary work with the Byford Glades Community Garden, has led to a keen interest in soils as a foundational aspect of health.