Discover produce on your doorstep

Angus Easton and his mum Karen Hayes attend to their hens and collect eggs.
Angus Easton and his mum Karen Hayes attend to their hens and collect eggs.

On May 16, the inaugural Food and Farm Festival will take place at the Beef Natural farm in Mardella.

Member of the organising team Karen Hayes said the event was an extension of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance, which aims to raise awareness on health improvement through thoughtful consumption and the preservation of plant and animal food products.

�The focus will be on healthy living and nutrition,� she said.

�We want to get people out of the packet buying and pesticide eating and encourage them to grow their own vegetables and live sustainably.�

The festival will showcase local food producers in the Shire, as well as organic market stallholders displaying a variety of products including homemade jams, free-range eggs, honey, beekeeping and worm farming.

Ms Hayes said Serpentine Jarrahdale was one of the last remaining food suppliers in the area, but many residents weren�t aware of what is on their back doorstep.

�There�s some big producers here; I think we�re one of the largest suppliers of poultry in the State.

�The event will give consumers a chance to connect with local producers and it will provide opportunities for the community to increase their knowledge of farming and modern- day food growing practices.�

The Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Festival is a family day out.

It will include guest speaker Peter Dingle, a public health professional, and a range of fun activities, such as face painting, games, hay rides and bull whispering.

Gates to the Food and Farm Festival, located at 101 Lightbody Rd, Mardella, will open at 10am.

Local food producers and supporting businesses who wish to hold a stall are still able to book a spot.

For further information, visit www.foodandfarmfest.com.au or call 0437 911 011.