President – Simon McInerney

Simon McInerney - President Harvest Launceston
Simon McInerney – President

What made you get involved with Harvest?

I had returned from the UK two years earlier with a toasted muesli recipe in my suitcase. The vast majority of ingredients could be sourced locally. Harvest was the perfect place to sell it.

What does Harvest mean to you?

Super fresh local ingredients, connecting and learning from stall holders about their product, and catching up with friends in an inviting space.

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

I quite like the chaos of the last markets before Christmas. It’s obviously stressful for some but the buzz, queues and abundance of produce is fantastic!

 

Vice President – Kim Seagram

Kim Seagram - Vice President Harvest Launceston
Kim Seagram – Vice President

When did you first come to Harvest?

I’ve been there since the beginning, the inaugural 2011 committee

What made you get involved with Harvest?

Jenny Edis approached me with a business plan, a baby and Mary Mulvaney in tow, I could not resist!

What does Harvest mean to you?

One of the best things I think has happened for Launceston for awhile, a great showcase of what we do well, what we can be very proud of, how we can support our community and how we can build community and wellbeing for Northern Tasmania.

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

The very first market; the excitement, the energy, the passion and Tony’s thrill over the power of wearing hi vis and Anthony asking us not to use up all the ‘good’ Janine…it was all a bit of a blur so much happened but so much good with 3000 excited community members through the gate so excited to see what we had created, everyone sold out in no time!!

Treasurer – Janine Healey

Janine has been on the board since the very beginning
Janine Healey – Treasurer

Janine was a founding mother of the Market along with Jenny, Mary, Kim and Kim.

What made you get involved with Harvest?

Kim Seagram forced me into it – only joking – glad to help out a friend!

What does Harvest mean to you?

Jenny’s inspiration and then everyones perspiration turning a thought into a reality. So it has been inspiring to me to see the growth of the Board, the growth in the popularity of the Market so that it has become iconic in Launceston, the growth in the stallholders understanding of the opportunity Harvest has provided to them. May there be more of all

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

Both my best memory and my worst memory, opening day 5 years ago……the well organised but somehow chaotic start with all hands on deck doing everything.

Secretary – Felicity Richards

Felicity Richards - Secretary
Felicity Richards – Secretary

What made you get involved with Harvest?

I loved coming in and doing my shopping there each Saturday, had just moved back to Tassie and wanted to get off the farm and meet some new people

What does Harvest mean to you?

Deliciousness and fun! It combines two of my favourite things about Tasmania – wonderful fresh food and a lovely community that it’s fun to be a part of.

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

It’s so difficult to choose. Being part of the breakfast philosophers’ club!  After setting up on a chilly morning, sitting down with a coffee and egg and bacon roll and having a chat and a laugh with the other volunteers is a great way to start your weekend. There are always great conversations about everything from travel to film to gardening to politics, never a dull moment!

Community Board Member – Mary Mulvaney

Mary Mulvaney - Community Member
Mary Mulvaney – Community Member

What made you get involved with Harvest?

Meeting Jenny Edis when I’d just arrived in Launceston and working with her to establish the market and form the committee

What does Harvest mean to you?

Harvest is my Launceston community

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

Standing on the stage with Jenny at the inaugural market in 2012 and looking out at the crowd of people when we were worried no one would come; going on bended knee to Tim Jarosz from Ritual Coffee to ask if he would take over the breakfast stall … and he said yes!; feed dating on Flinders; raisin toast and coffee at Stillwater; celebrations and chats with stallholders; meeting so many wonderful people over the Harvest years, seeing the market unfold every Saturday, having so much fun and always solving problems with laughter. Too many favourite memories!!

Stallholder Representative – Ben Pyka

Ben Pyka - Stallholder Representative
Ben Pyka – Stallholder Representative

When did you first come to Harvest?

Genesis 1:1 On the first day 2012!

What made you get involved with Harvest?

Great concept, lovely people and a fitting place for a business like ours.

What does Harvest mean to you?

Harvest is a place for like minded people can come to get the best quality produce in the state and hangout. It defines community.

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

There are so many, its hard to pick one. I will get back to you on this one.

 

Community Board Member – Sam Wedgwood

Sam Wedgwood – Community Member

 

What made you get involved with Harvest?

Why not!? What better way is there to keep a finger on the pulse of the community both rural, regional and urban?

 

What does Harvest mean to you? 

To me Harvest means agriculture, community, friendship, food, coffee and fun. It is also just a great reason to get out of bed on a Saturday…

 

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

My favourite memory of Harvest is the warm welcome I received when I first volunteered. I was welcome by a community of people who were willing to accept me into the fold. Thank you Harvest.

 

Community Member – Caro Brown

Caro from Brady's Lookout Cider, Harvest committee and volunteer
Stallholder Representative Caro Brown

What made you get involved with Harvest?

All of my passions rolled into one – love of agriculture, agribusiness, agri-tourism, FANTASTIC food and beverage and volunteering in the community..PLUS the best…the people – the amazing stallholders, volunteers, committee…

What does Harvest mean to you?

A Buzz, I connect with Harvest on so many levels, it is hard to say apart from valuable

Your favourite Harvest Memory?

It is the gift the volunteers give. The smile when you catch up, the joy of meeting a new community member for the first time as you work together to bring Harvest to the community each week.