Harvest’s Wild Harvest Chef Series is attracting one of the world’s best to the humble village of Newrybar – Ben Shewry, the renowned chef in the kitchen at Melbourne’s Attica restaurant, which reached No. 20 this year on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. Ben Shewry will be joining Head Chef Alastair Waddell and wild food researcher Peter Hardwick foraging in the Byron Hinterland before compiling a bespoke menu exploring Australia’s underutilised native ingredients.
“We’re really excited to be working with one of Australia’s culinary icons and looking forward to seeing what creations Ben comes up with after sampling our unique ingredients.”
Harvest Roots Inc. is a community driven, not-for-profit incorporated association formed to rehabilitate and reforest degraded pastureland, farmland, roadways and waterways. We aim to educate, involve and inspire the community, advocating the importance of regenerative agriculture and reforestation for our future. Our purpose is to make it simple for everyone to help the environment.
ROOTS stemmed from a mutual desire to begin a regeneration project with Harvest as the community platform. Tristan, co-owner of Harvest, and Joe, Harvest’s sustainability champion, brainstormed how to begin growing native Australian trees with a focus on native foods in the area. Soon, the two introduced and implemented the ‘buy one get one tree’ campaign as way to generate funds for purchasing seeds and seedlings for future planting. Kelsey, ROOTS project manager, proposed the idea of expanding Harvest’s environmental influence to directly involve the community, primarily using events at Harvest and 96 Bangalow to create a more hopeful narrative around the subject of environmental activism and climate change. Meanwhile, 96 Bangalow, Harvest’s new farm collaboration, opened with the intention of growing organic and sustainable produce for local businesses. 96’s curator, Blair, soon joined ROOTS to help jumpstart planting and environmental-discussions focusing on sustainable farming and ethical reforestation. Esther, the leader and founder of GROW, a program focusing on children’s awareness of sustainable gardening and education, joined forces to expand ROOTS as well. Our team’s combination of respect for the land and our earth with various strengths and willingness to collaborate, opened the door for ROOTS to form. As we begin this exciting regeneration project, we hope to raise and utilise our funds transparently with the community’s help.