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.


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.


Chris is a passionate advocate for local, regenerative food systems that nourish families, their farmers and the environment. When he's not working as a chef at Geelong's Newfolk Cafe, he is busy volunteering his time with the Land To Market Australia agricultural co-operative, growing food in the backyard and enjoying the pleasures of the simple life.


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 Next Dates

Pako Farmers market will be back in action on Saturday October 13, running from 9am to 1pm. Sign up to the Pako Farmers Market Newsletter to stay up to date.
We are always looking to add more colour and beautiful local food to the Pako Farmers Market. Is that you? Let us know! Interested? Contact us.


Notice of AGM

Prior to the Barwon Fair Food Network Annual General Meeting there will be a short talk on the progress of the Pako Farmers Market over the past 12 months and the storytelling project. This will commence at 4.15 pm.
The Barwon Fair Food Network (BFFN) Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 9th September at 5pm sharp. Venue to be confirmed.
RSVP to attend the BFFN AGM by email.

Opportunities to create positive changes in Barwon Fair Food Network

Are you looking for an opportunity to create change in your region though our local food system, working with regional community members, growers and producers?
Barwon Fair Food Network is looking for new active members to join our committee.
Established in 2017, Barwon Fair Food Network Inc. works to support and deepen the connection between regional community, fair food producers, food education, land stewardship and emerging farmers in the region.
Our current projects include the Pako Farmers Market and a project for digital storytelling of local and sustainable foods.
We are seeking applications to join our committee. If you have a passion for local food systems and regenerative farming, and have administrative, project coordination or marketing and communication skills then we are looking for you.
To find out more, contact the president for an application form and a copy of our charter. Applications are open until 2nd September.
Barwon Fair Food Network would like to thank the past committee members Chris Balazs, and Ben Shaw for their contribution to the establishment of the Barwon Fair Food Network.

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

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

Pako Farmers Market operates every 2nd Saturday 9am to 1pm at Ashby Primary, School Geelong West.

We’re looking for a Market Coorindator and Market Assistants. Please contact the Market Manager if you'd like to be part of the team!

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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