A degree in Human Ecology and an upbring on an organic permaculture farm nurtured Leila’s passion for good healthy food and fascination with the way societies, cultures and environments interact. She has worked as a language teacher; managed her family farm; helped Ethiopian farmers improve livelihoods though sustainable land management; and taught sustainability programs at CERES. Her favourite vegetable is cucumber – she eats them whole and likes to hear them go crunch!
CommUnications, Finance, FAWKNER & Carlton MANAGER
With a background in nutrition and Master's degree in food sustainability, it's safe to say that 99% of the thoughts that run through Heather's mind are food-related. Heather pioneered The Community Grocer's pedal-powered produce box delivery scheme. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, eating, dabbling in food growing, and exploring. Her favourite veg is what inspired her to try to grow some of her own food - heirloom tomatoes, so good she could eat them like apples!
Food is definitely a theme in Greta’s life, whether it’s gardening, foraging, cooking feasts, making sauces and ferments or making sculptures out of fruit and vegetables… She doesn’t really do favourites but gets excited about produce with noses and cool hairstyles. Her other interests are far reaching. She’s into everything to do with grassroots social change and since her studies in community development she’s worked on gender equity and community inclusion projects. She’s also a shoemaker and loves all things crafty as well as circus, dancing, singing, reading, writing and spending time in the bush.
Heidelberg West Manager
As a qualified dietitian being slowly pulled towards farming, Tess is passionate about sustainable food systems and food sovereignty; she’s all about using food to connect us. She has worked within her local area on food and nutrition initiatives, and has also spent time overseas on farms and contributing to food security and agriculture projects. Her favourite fruit or veg? Tess doesn’t really do favourites but she can never go past a good ol’ carrot.
Tamsin has a lot to do with food in her local area of the Cardinia Shire. As well as running our Pakenham market, she’s a food animator at the Cardinia Movement. She’s got a lot to do with food in her spare time too! When Tamsin isn’t at the market she can be found at the Community Garden or filling free food pantries and loves cooking new and interesting meals for her family. She loves fruit especially white nectarines and the only veg she really doesn’t like is parsnip.
Volunteer photographer & social media advisor
Michelle volunteers because it helps her feel like part of the communities she lives in. She also likes working amongst like-minded people. What originally drew her to The Community Grocer was the vibe at the Fitzroy Market when she used to walk by it while on her way to work. Her favourite part of the role is talking with customers (and meeting their dogs) as well as finding out how different cultures cook or eat different fruits and veggies, as well as the similarities across vastly different cultures. For example, she was brought up eating avocados with a sprinkle of sugar. It didn't occur to her that a lot of western countries eat it with salt. Who knew?
As a small business owner working in Public Practice for the past 18 years Leah regularly engages with small business owners (clients) from a range of industries, including start-ups, which has provided her with a strong insight and understanding of issues The Community Grocer faces. Observing a lack of opportunity in her previous workplace for small business owners to receive advice on their own business, she joined the Small Business Mentoring Service. As a Mentor, she was engaged by Georgia at the Community Grocer to review their accounting.