FMNZ Chair - Jono Walker
Waikato Farmers' Markets
021 729 645
Arriving in NZ in 2003 from the UK, Jono and wife Sarah run a small mixed farm of heritage breeds of beef, sheep and free-range pigs near Hamilton. All processing is done in an on-site butchery, and all products sold via the local Waikato Farmers' Markets, which Soggy Bottom have been attending since the markets started. Jono is passionate about producing tasty clean food and loves the philosophy of direct selling at Farmers' Markets.
FMNZ Vice-Chair - Cam Booker
Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market and Lyttelton Farmers' Market
A passionate grower of fresh vegetables who has fallen into a marketing role.
Cam has been involved in the Farmers markets for over 10 years in Canterbury.
FMNZ Secretary - Wendy Wilson
Nelson Farmers' Market.
027 434 8944
Wendy has been involved with the Nelson Farmers' Market as a committee member since its inception in 2004. She's been involved with FMNZ since it started in 2006 and is presently secretary for both. She is passionate about where her food comes from, how far it comes and how it has been grown. She has her own vegetable garden but it's not big enough to grow it all. She believes the growers and producers are wonderful, hard working, amazing people and the food they provide for us is the best!
FMNZ Treasurer - Maggie Asplet
Gisborne Farmers' Market
021 171 2509
Garry Griffin and Maggie Asplet purchased their lifestyle block near Gisborne in 2007 and started selling their navel oranges and meyer lemons at the local Farmers' Market the following year. Maggie also makes a range of jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney and sauces, along with freshly baked bread and more recently free range eggs. Both she and Garry are passionate about Farmers' Markets and love selling directly to their customers.
FMNZ Committee - Sue Lowe
Nelson Farmers' Market
027 205 1037
Lowes Orchard is a 3rd generation family owned & operated business in the Tasman district, which began in 1935. A range of pip, stone and berry fruit are grown for local markets and apples for export. The Lowes are passionate about providing top quality tree ripened fruit direct to customers from their 'top of the south' property. Sue has been involved with farmers' markets since 2004 and can be found at Nelson and Marlborough farmers' markets year round.
FMNZ Committee - Dave Kennedy
Southern Farmers' Market
027 258 6686
Dave has been on the governing side of the Southern Farmers' Market in Invercargill since 2007 and is currently the Chair. He is not a stallholder but has a productive organic garden (including a couple of hens) on his quarter acre.
Dave is a strong advocate for resilience and has had articles published in a range of forums supporting local food production and the value of farmers' markets. He also has governance and strategic planning experience in a number of national and local organisations.