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Upcoming workshops & events
in sustainability, biological growing, waste-free living & holistic health

We love to bring people together because life is much richer when we connect and share information.  That's why we facilitate workshops, collaborate with others and host guest speakers.  

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Gourmet Farmer returns to Margaret River to discuss
REAL FOOD that makes good cooking easy.


Ever wondered why one carrot, one piece of lettuce, one piece of meat tastes better than another? Ever wanted to put less effort into cooking, and more pleasure into eating?

It all comes down to sourcing as much as saucing. How what you eat was grown, handled, chosen and processed has implications on its flavour, and therefore your pleasure. All of that matters, even before you hit the kitchen.

Matthew has revised & updated his classic THE REAL FOOD COMPANION. This guide for all levels of cooks, demystifies the how, the why, and the what, to help you put dinner on the table, be it for a slap up occasion or a Tuesday night hurry-up meal. Written as a love letter to his son, Matthew’s experience of over four decades of cooking, tasting and growing food are condensed into the volume everyone who eats needs. It’s the greengrocer, butcher, baker and fishmonger by your side, complete with over 200 recipes that empower you to make better decisions for yourself, your dining table, and the world as a whole.

The original research for this book helped inspire Matthew to become the Gourmet Farmer, a paddock to plate journey documented on six series of television on SBS. It was the search for resolute flavours, the true nature of ingredients, and for the nature of real food that encouraged Matthew to give up city life and grow food for his own table, and ask “How hard can it be?” Good, local, seasonal food should be within reach of everybody, regardless of location, background or income. The fact is, you don’t need to grow it yourself, but being close to the source of your produce is a reason for celebration, whether the food is sourced at a farmer’s market, a local store, a roadside stall or your own herb garden. We all want better meals on the table, better outcomes for our land, and The Real Food Companion is the guide you need by your side.


“In a world where so many people are completely disconnected from where their food comes from, this book offers a bridge of connection. It's exactly what the world needs, more now than ever.“ Emma Galloway, My Darling Lemon Thyme founder and author




4:15 arrive for a cuppa & browse Matthew's books at Margaret River Bookshop's pop-up stall. Books available for sale courtesy of Pauline & Keith McLeod.

4:30 Matthew Evans in conversation with Margaret River Organic Farmer followed by Q&A

5:45 meet the author book signing

7:00 close




Are limited, available in advance via Eventbrite only at If you are feeling unwell on the day, please stay at home & give your ticket to a friend. Due to the short timeframe & limited seating for this event, we cannot offer refunds - please pass your tickets onto someone else if you find you can't make it!



Matthew Evans is a chef and food critic turned farmer-food activist. He lives on a mixed farm that occupies a one-time apple orchard in the Huon Valley outside Hobart with his partner Sadie Chrestman and son Hedley. He is nationally best known for his long-running SBS series Gourmet Farmer(six seasons), set on Fat Pig Farm's 70 acres, but also was the star of food documentaries What's the Catch? and For the Love of Meat. He has authored or co-authored 13 books on food, and is regularly interviewed on radio about all things to do with farming, growing, soil and eating. Matthew hosts weekly farmhouse feasts and on-site cooking classes, which are often booked out months ahead. He is widely respected in the food world as someone who lives his truth - giving up the apparently coveted life of a Sydney food critic to create something real and meaningful with Sadie on their small parcel of land in southern Tasmania.



Matthew will discuss The Real Food Companion with Laura Bailey of Margaret River Organic Farmer. Laura's young family established their Rosa Brook farm in 2015 to provide their growing children and wider community with high welfare, clean protein. Using earth-nurturing regenerative practices, they have already doubled their organic soil carbon. In 2019 they received the WA Landcare Farming Award for 'excellence & leadership in implementing integrated land management practices on a farm that protects soils, water & vegetation'.

Living Smart community sustainability course

13 October - 1 December 2022 at Bridgetown Showgrounds

Facilitated by Laura Bailey, hosted by the Bridgetown Family & Community Centre. 

Join us & discover ways to live well, with a lighter footprint on our planet.  We'll explore 1001 ways to create a resilient & connected lifestyle.  

Living Smart is a holistic seven-session sustainability course for adults (16+). We will give you resources to create your own ‘new normal’ via hands-on practical activities, presentations, demos, guest speakers & a field trip.


Topics include how to: grow delicious food, reduce our power & water bills, use renewable energy, live with less waste, create fabulous compost, make our own chemical-free household cleaners & how to be a part of positive change within our community.


It's a fantastic opportunity to meet & share ideas with others, and learn new ways to save your money and our environment at the same.


“Attending this course enabled me to deepen my knowledge about sustainability, provided local & relevant information, & gave me the opportunity to meet like-minded people in my immediate community. It was a lovely balance of learning, fun & connection.” LS participant

The course will be facilitated by Laura Bailey of Margaret River Organic Farmer, an experienced sustainability educator with a background in renewables, energy assessing, permaculture, homesteading & regenerative farming.


Hosted by the Bridgetown Family & Community Centre, this course runs over 7 sessions from 12-2:30pm Thursday 13 October 2022 to Thursday 1 December. Thanks to funding, the only cost to you for the 7 sessions is $100 + booking fees. That's over 17 hours of positive connections & practical workshop time; what a bargain!  Please book early to avoid disappointment. Our popular Living Smart courses always sell out, so book your place today & tell your friends, family, neighbours & colleagues.

More information is available at or feel free to email Laura at if you have specific queries.









Some of our past workshops & events

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Soil: the incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy.
Ten Life Changing Strategies
Living Smart Sustainability course
Regenerative Masterclass
Wicking Beds
How to be an Ethical Omnivore
Gut health & native bees
Living Smart sustainability course
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