About Sustainable Table.

Way back in 2009, before ‘zero waste’ was a hashtag and ‘ethical eating’ had entered the household vernacular, we founded Sustainable Table 

As an environmental not-for-profit, our aspiration was to help people make the connection between the food on their plates and the state of our planet. We rolled out campaigns like Give A Fork, resources like the Good Milk Directory and Ethical Shopping Pyramid, community events like the Mt Martha Farmers’ Market, and even an award-winning cookbook; all intended to engage, educate and entertain eaters… while casually changing the world. 

In 2020, our world sent a pretty clear message: Hey! Lift your game! I’m struggling over here! With a backdrop of catastrophic bushfires, climate change predictions and a global pandemic, the positive changes we’d been chipping away at for the last 12 years took on a whole new sense of urgency.  

Our community grants program (then known as Ripe For Change) was going from strength to strength in Victoria, offering support and funding for grassroots initiatives like veggie box programs, First Nations cook ups, training for young farmers, community market gardens, seed banks, and farms transitioning from conventional to regenerative agriculture. 

Though seemingly “small”, these projects represented something important: an alternative to the industrialised paradigm so implicated in our intersecting national and global crises. The seeds of a regenerative food system. And we decided to water them.  

To keep things simple, we renamed Ripe For Change to The Sustainable Table Fund and stepped into a redefined role as a connector between important work that needs to take place, and those who wish to invest in it. 

When we launched the Fund to the philanthropic community in April this year, we successfully raised over 1.4 million dollars (and counting!) to fund our core delivery team and local food initiatives that are, step-by-step, day-by-day, plate-by-plate, taking us all in the right direction. 

If you’d like to learn more about our approach, framework, principles and impacts skip on over to our Fund page.  

Or send us an email to start the conversation.  

Every dollar we spend is a vote for the type of food system we’d like to be a part of
– so spend mindfully friends.

Our Team.

Jade Miles

National Program Manager

With the bush in her bones and business in her head, Jade Miles is a poly-jobist to the core. She’s a local food advocate and educator, business builder, food co-op founder, author, podcaster and regenerative heritage fruit farmer.

Together with her husband and three kids, Jade runs Black Barn Farm, a biodiverse orchard, nursery and workshop space in Northeast Victoria. She’s an active presence in the regenerative space, hosting school programs, permaculture and homesteading workshops while sitting on multiple boards – all in the name of reconnecting people to nature, food and a simpler existence.

Before landing at Sustainable Table, Jade ran her own business start-up consultancy for over a decade, worked as Industry Development Manager for the Regional Tourism Board and established the Beechworth Food Co-op for good measure. She brings this breadth of skills and relentless enthusiasm to her role at ST, where she joins the dots between Our Fund and incredible regenerative projects around the country to build capacity and expedite change.

“We all eat, and by celebrating our farmers and considering our choices we can make a profound difference to rural Australia, our health, our land and our culture.”

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Jodi Clarke

Program Manager (VIC)

Jodi Clarke is a connector, facilitator and sustainability consultant.

When she’s not working across urban, peri-urban and regional communities to support healthy and regenerative local food systems, you’ll find her hiking in the Dandenongs with her Blue Heeler, Bingo, and daughter and husband in tow.

Jodi holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and more years’ experience within not-for-profit organisations, local and state government authorities, and academia than she cares to admit. Environmental sustainability challenges are her forte, with experience in sustainable food systems, integrated public transport and land use planning, and urban water management.

Recent professional highlights include the co-creation and facilitation of community food and farming events such as Farmer Incubator’s ‘Regeneration: Growing New Farmers’ report launch and farmer discussion panel (Keilor, 2021), Cardinia Food Movement’s ‘Farming: The Next Gen and Farmer Panel Discussion’ event (Bunyip, 2018), Making Local Food Work (Korumburra, 2017) and the Gippsland Food Growers and Makers Forum (Warragul, 2016).

Since 2017, Jodi has been supporting community-led solutions to food system challenges in her role with the Sustainable Table Fund, as the Victorian Program Manager. Seeing local, collaborative initiatives push the needle in a healthy, regenerative direction gives her immense hope.

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Hanna Guy

Operations Manager

Hanna Guy is a curious, creative and passionate advocate for systems that are kinder to our land and the people it holds. With experience in community development and social business across rural Australia, The US, and then building a sustainable fashion company in Cambodia, Hanna isn’t shy to the complexities of our current environmental and climate emergency.

Hanna’s green thumb and love of food result from growing up in a backyard to table family. She is driven to play her part in growing more regenerative food systems and a greater connection to the positive impact our food choices can make.

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Jess Eddy

Team Coordinator

Jess Eddy is a degree-qualified nutritionist and passionate foodie who has spent much of the past decade working in Melbourne’s health and food industries. A former Sustainable Table volunteer, Jess has stepped into the Team Coordinator role for the growing team, providing support for the day-to-day running of the organisation and fund.

Jess gets excited by food’s potential to create change, and the positive impact food can have on individuals, the community, and the environment. When she’s not at ST or running her little side biz, Jess loves to spend her time visiting one of Melbourne’s many cafes, restaurants and bars or her local farmers’ market.

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Megan O’Malley

Communications Manager

Megan lives and breathes sustainability and the majority of her work over the last 10 years has focused on leaving behind a more equitable and regenerative world than the one she was born into. She is an experienced educator, writer, researcher and sustainability consultant who loves to nerd out on all things systems change.  Megan is really excited to use her storytelling skills to amplify the transformative work of folks in the regenerative agriculture industry. 

In 2016, she walked 3500km across Southeast Asia as part of a project called Walk Sew Good, to learn from and share the stories of people creating fashion in positive and sustainable ways. Outside of her work with Sustainable Table, she runs an education social enterprise that connects young people with their impact and empowers them to be active citizens and change makers.

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Our Board.

Hayley Morris

Co-Founder + Board Chair

I studied International Business at university and entered the corporate world working under my father. In my mid-twenties I had a life-changing holiday to South Africa that shifted my perspective on my life and the environmental impact associated with everyday living. This led me on a journey that ultimately ended up with Cassie and I starting Sustainable Table in 2009. Whilst I have stepped back from the day-to-day running of the organisation, I have loved remaining on in my position as Board Chair and helping the organisation to secure funding.

I am now Executive Director of our family office, The Morris Group, with investments spanning hospitality, tourism, aviation, technology and agriculture. I also lead our family’s philanthropy and impact investments through the Morris Family Foundation that focuses on climate change and regenerative food systems.

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PhilIPPA HODSON

Board Member

Philippa Hodson is a motivated and passionate foodie, mother and global citizen. She learned about Sustainable Table after buying our first cookbook way back when (which still commands pride of place on her shelf! Onya Pip) and has since become indispensable to our organisation.

Pip’s professional experience spans corporate remediation solutions, organic food manufacturing, fine dining, impact investing and grant making. She’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Board for The Garry White Foundation; was involved in our 2018 Victorian Community Grants program as a funder; and we’re thrilled that her skills and talents are now formally embedded within ST as a member of the Board.

As well as advocating for healthy and inclusive food systems, Pip advocates for daily horse rides (she’s a keen showjumper), weekend farmers’ market forays and crafting the most incredible wholefood recipes from scratch.

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Our Advisors.

Tanya Massy

Strategic Advisor

Tanya Massy is a writer and lifelong apprentice of farming who has worked across urban, rural and remote communities to reconnect people, food and country. (And before you ask, yep, Tanya is Charles Massy’s daughter. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.) Her academic background spans Community Development and Indigenous Studies, with a Masters in Agricultural Science.

Tanya’s quiet and humble brilliance has all those in her orbit mesmerised, us most heartily included, and we’re thanking our lucky stars to have her playing for team ST. Tanya recently moved to Denmark (WA) with her partner Kris to start a regenerative farm of her own, putting a lifetime of knowledge into practice – we sure can’t wait to follow along.

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SERENITY HILL

Strategic Advisor

When she’s not championing food system resilience and connection through her life’s work the Open Food Network, this ground-breaking and land-healing human, together with her partner Kirsten and their two kids, split their time between Violet Town and a Yurt at Pukawidgee, their regenerative farm in Warrenbaynee. Here they’re exploring and enacting a collaborative farm share model that has ecological restoration at its heart.

Serenity is a co-founder of Open Food Network, and a Director of both Open Food Foundation and Open Food Network Australia. Her work with OFN focuses on sector and enterprise development; advocacy, research and project development and implementation to expand regenerative agriculture in Australia and the values-based supply networks that undergird it.

Her breadth of food system knowledge, connection and experience is integral to shaping and guiding the work of the Sustainable Table Fund – gee whiz we’re lucky to have her.

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AMY HUVA

Strategic Advisor

Amy Huva is an all-round climate, sustainability and systems change nerd. The granddaughter of an orchardist, she lets the family name down with her inability to keep plants alive, but has a passion for great locally sourced food and a liveable climate. She has a degree in environmental chemistry and has worked to safeguard our climate in government, NGOs and philanthropy for over a decade.

When not drinking Melbourne coffee in narrow laneways, she can be found running half marathons, playing violin in symphony orchestras, and skiing mountains.

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JOSHUA GILBERT

Strategic Advisor

Joshua is a Worimi man, farmer and academic, who shares the narration of Indigenous identity through agricultural truths in light of modern contexts.

Josh’s work seeks to connect traditional Aboriginal knowledge and history to current contexts, translating past wisdom and learning to future opportunities. His work combines the old and the new, weaving them together to develop new insights and findings.

He is undertaking higher degree research at Charles Sturt University, is the Indigenous Co-Chair of Reconciliation NSW and was recently recognised within the world’s top 50 young gastronomers.

He is an entrepreneur and business advisor, working predominantly in the Aboriginal cultural, agricultural and environmental spheres. He has worked with numerous of not for profits, businesses and the government to develop change and bring people on a journey of change.

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Carolyn suggate

Strategic Advisor

Carolyn is an ambitious, driven, collaborative, community based, action orientated rural woman from North East Victoria. Having grown up on her family’s farm in South Gippsland, she has travelled extensively and explored meaningful ways to enact long term and powerful change. Now as a mother of 3 passionate young adults while managing an organic farm and building ORICoop, there is much to do in this world of disproportion across food, people and agriculture. Amongst her ambitions and hats is building farmer owned solutions, that include Australia’s first Ecological Credit and ORICoop, an Organic Producers Cooperative designed to enable a better share back to the producers, where it belongs. Connecting producers across commodities, States, production systems and supply chains.

She is excited to be in a room of ambitious doers and thinkers. Together there is much to be done!

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RObert pekin

Strategic Advisor

Over the past 20 odd years Robert has been challenging and transforming the food and agricultural system in Australia. As a former organic dairy farmer and market gardener he has become known as a practical and hands on social entrepreneur working at the systems end of changing the way business can pivot away from the malaise the current food system works.

In 2004 he founded Food Connect, a dynamic multi-farmer food distribution enterprise with an innovative community-based distribution system. In 2009, the Food Connect Foundation was launched to increase the scope of the fair food movement internationally and across Australia.

Robert is a member of the national board of Australian Social Enterprise Advisory Group, co-founder of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and a founding member on the Board of The global software organisation Open Food Network. He is a contributing author to Fair Food, published by University of Queensland Press.

In 2018, he co-founded the Food Connect Shed to raise over $2million with the Food Connect community to buy the warehouse they’d been renting for over 12 years, through an equity crowdfunding campaign.

Rob is a well known speaker in the Fair Food movement. He loves his blended family of four children, and his favourite foods are beer, butter and good bread.

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Our Founders.

Cassie Duncan

Co-founder

Discovering how intertwined our climate and environmental woes are with how we grow, transport, package, consume and waste food has been an absolute revelation – equal parts terrifying and empowering.

The belief that every dollar we spend is a vote for the type of food system and world we would like to be a part of, is what Sustainable Table was founded on and the inspiration Hayley and I had to start something that brought joy, humour and great tasting seasonal food to tackle some pretty big environmental challenges.

Since 2009, I have leveraged my background in marketing and communications to build an organisation, and life, around an ethos that places individual actions at the heart of how we build resilient communities, food systems and a world that respects and restores the natural environment.

Some career highlights to date have been writing and producing The Sustainable Table educational cookbook, which won Best Sustainable Food Book at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards; launching Sustainable Table’s new website; developing our Give a Fork! campaign and more recently, launching Mt Martha Farmers’ Market which embodies our zero-waste ethos.

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