Barwon Fair Food Network

A community working for
a better food system

Sustainable. Ethical. Regenerative.

Community + Food

Barwon Fair Food Newtork

Barwon Fair Food Network was established by a group of passionate locals in 2017 with a long-term vision to support our regional food economy and environment.

Our purpose is to support and deepen the connection between regional community, fair food producers, food education, land stewardship and emerging farmers.As a non-profit organisation we aim to reinvest revenue from our projects and events into regional fair, ethical and sustainable farming and food. Barwon Fair Food Network welcomes project suggestions from regional farmers, makers and community.

Pako Farmers Market is our first initiative and offers a central farmer’s marketplace in Geelong providing healthy and nutritious food and the opportunity for regional producers and community to come together.

Barwon Fair Food Network recognise the passion, work and dedication by our committee members in establishing the Pako Farmers Market.


We are a diverse group of locals with a common passion for good nutritious fair and ethical food produced sustainably in our region. We have come together to connect our community with regional producers and artisans. We love feedback, hearing innovative ideas about great food projects, and supporting regional sustainable food projects that align with our values.


Having grown up with farmers and urban producers, Suzette is passionate about increasing regional fair and sustainably farmed foods, improving the regional ecology and support a transition to more sustainable farming and land management practices. Pako Farmers Market is an opportunity to provide a regional marketplace for more nutritious high quality regional foods direct to the Geelong community. Suzette is the executive director of Bioregional Australia Foundation and a director of Innate Ecology.


Chris, the owner of the innovative Sage Farm & Artisan Butchery, is passionate about ethical farming and fair food. After a 20 year corporate career, Chris has undertaken his new role as a regenerative farmer to change Australia's food system for the better. Chris currently sits on the Victorian Farmers Markets Assocaition committee and was previously VP of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. Chris's involvement with BFFN will help us achieve a truly resilient, authentic, fair food system in our local economy.


Strong interconnected values of family, community, culture and food started Liz’s passion for growing and sourcing local food early. Growing up, caring for the land that provides your sustenance was a part of normal life, as was connecting with family and friends to share and preserve bounties. Liz looks forward to working with the committee to educate and encourage our community to support the regional food economy and environment.


Mary-Clare (MC) is a horse lover, Registered BAS Agent & Certified Bookkeeper. MC operates Biscuit Business Services providing professional, confidential and comprehensive bookkeeping, payroll, BAS and administrative solutions for small to medium businesses.


Wes’s passion for ethical and sustainable farming began when he was just 9 years old and started his own business, WesEggs.Today ‘WesEggs’ is well known in the region for providing quality eggs farmed sustainably. Wes is determined to make pasture raised eggs, with the welfare of the hens at the forefront, a commercially viable business. Wes is very proud to be on the BFFN committee, a positive contributor to the Geelong community along with being an advocate for other small batch farmers and producers.


Patrick has been helping communities make better food choices for most of his working life, with sustainable seafood at the heart of that for many years in Australia and Canada. His earliest food memory is planting spring onions with his grandfather, and his passion for backyard food production has now grown into a serious heirloom tomato obsession. By day Patrick consults to government agencies and non-profits to develop strategies and programs for more effective outcomes. Patrick is the founder and creator of the Local Food Loop app and co-founder of the We Eat Local initiative.


Ben particularly loves growing food at home and supporting local ethical. He has a unique role at Basils Farm, as the wine representative and kitchen gardener, food and wine of course! He is excited to be on the committee for the Pako Farmers Market so he can really get to know more local producers and help our local community support these producers and help them thrive!


Miranda Sharp is the Director of Melbourne Farmers Markets, and has spent time around the Bellarine and Geelong districts all her life. Melbourne Farmers Markets was fortunate enough to receive a grant from Regional Development Victoria to support the start-up of a Geelong Farmers Market. Melbourne Farmers Markets runs seven accredited markets in Melbourne, since the first at Collingwood Children’s Farm in 2002. Miranda believes it is important for farmers to take the credit and full dollar for the work they do, and have the opportunity to connect with their customers direct.


Dirk is the Ashby School Council President. He lives in Geelong West with his young family, working locally as an IT Consultant. Dirk leads a very active lifestyle and hence has a passion for fresh and healthy foods. Hosting the Pako Farmers Market at Ashby Primary School is great not only for the school community but the Geelong community as a whole, providing access to local produce and showing off our great school at the same time. Ashby is very proud to be the location for the Pako Farmers Market!

Upcoming events

Pako Farmers Market Returns for 2018

Pako Farmers market will be bck in action for 2018 starting with the first market for the year on Saturday February 10, running from 8am to 1pm. Don’t miss our special events and member offers. Sign up to the Pako Farmers Market Newsletter to stay up to date.
We are alwsys looking to add more colour and beautiful local food to the Pako Farmers Market. Is that you? Let us know! Interested? Contact us.


Minister Jaala Pulford makes it official!

The Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development popped in to Ashby PS on September 15 to recognise the hard work that has already gone into developing the Pako Farmers Market and to wish us luck with this exciting venture. Check out our Media Release. For further info about this pre-launch, please email us.

Pako Farmers Market Team

The Pako Farmers Market is our first major initiative. It supports regional producers, farmers, manufacturers and processors.

Pako Farmers Market operates every 2nd and 4th Saturday 8am to 1pm at Ashby Primary School Geelong West.

We're thrilled to have these great people directly involved in making it all happen.


Market Manager


Assistant Manager



Market Assistant

The Pako Duck

Our awesome mascot

Our Supporters

We are thrilled to be supported by regional business and organisations.

Our billboards for Pako Farmers Market have been generously supplied by Buxtons Real Estate.

Mentor - Melbourne Farmers Market

Seed funding - Regional Development Victoria

Graphic Design – ‘and then it came to me’

Web support - Local Food Loop

We support Geelong Sustainability Group and 94.7 The Pulse

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