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 free-range pigs and sheep 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 - Dave Kennedy
Southern Farmers' Market
027 258 6686
Dave served on the governance committee of the Southern Farmers' Market from 2007-2021 with several years as 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 food 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.
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 Committee - 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 sells free range eggs. Both she and Garry are passionate about Farmers' Markets and love selling directly to their customers.
FMNZ Committee - Megan McVeigh
Tauranga Farmers' Market
027 828 4317
Megan grew up in the Bay of Plenty as a "market kid" growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, then selling at the local farmers' market with her family from the age of 8. So it made sense that she took over as market manager in June 2023 and shortly after joined the FMNZ committee. She is dedicated to supporting her local growers and artisans, providing a welcoming atmosphere at the markets and passionate about food journeys
FMNZ Committee - Michele Driscoll
Otago Farmers' Market
021 148 2116
Michele is manager of Otago Farmers Market. She has a passion for local healthy product, organic’s, innovative food & sustainability, along with 20years experience in television & advertising in Auckland including the original ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ (before Gordon), ‘Kai Ora’ for Māori Television, ‘What’s Really in Our Food’ & heaps of various TV advertisements. Growing up on a dairy farm in Pukekohe (with calf club, bringing the cows in, school holiday work on relative’s kiwifruit orchard, market garden (in the Bay of Plenty) as well as working in her family cafes, she ‘gets’ where our
food comes from. She enjoys the simple life gardening at her cottage by the sea in Ōtepoti, Dunedin, managing one of NZ’s biggest farmers market & is passionate
about seeing all authentic farmers markets in New Zealand prosper & flourish for the betterment of
all New Zealanders.
FMNZ Administrator & Treasurer- Kathryn Hunter
Waikato Farmers' Markets
021 115 4610
Kathryn trades at the Waikato Farmers' Markets with her business Quarter Acre Kitchen making chutneys, relishes, pickles, jams and curds. Together with her husband John, they also produce vegetables from their garden, which they intensively farm using raised beds, glasshouses and fruit trees.
If the veges are not from the garden or markets, they do not appear on the dinner plate. Kathryn totally believes in local food, local community and local business.