Our Team

 

THE CAMPERDOWN FARM TEAM

Our Camperdown farm is run by a small crew of farming folk who are dedicated to growing good clean local food and providing a unique opportunity for education and community building.

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HEATHER MCCABE

GENERAL MANAGER // Heather’s background is in natural food production systems, permaculture and organic market gardening, teaching, building and tending roof top gardens, and therapeutic horticulture programs along with environmental activism and natural therapies. She is passionate about creating connections and resilience in communities and growing food in the urban environment.

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EMMA BOWEN

FARM MANAGER // Emma is a founding PCF board member and has a background across small business, small-scale farming, urban sustainability, permaculture and education in slow living skills. She is passionate about the unique role urban farming has in our cities for local food production, reconnection to food, community building and education.

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ADINA OOSTERWIJK

COMMUNITY + EDUCATION COORDINATOR // Adina has studies in permaculture, horticulture, human sciences and child development. She has worked in the Montessori education system, delivering garden and nature education programs to school children, and as a horticulturalist at Royal Botanical Gardens. She has been passionate about the role of nature in kids’ lives for as long as she can remember.

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MICHAEL ZAGORIDIS

FARM MANAGER // Zag is a founding PCF board member and is an organic market farmer with a permaculture background. His experience is in organic, permaculture and sustainable farm practices, nourishing soil structures and local food networks. Michael is trained in permaculture teaching, with a focus on skilling up new farmers and developing food growing skills in the community. 

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JULIA MARTIGNONI

FARM ASSISTANT // Julia has worked in native title & Aboriginal land rights for a number of years, before pursuing farming full time. She has studied permaculture and worked on organic and biodynamic farms across the world. Julia also runs her own urban farm Blue Wren Urban Farm in south-west Sydney.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pocket City Farms is a grass-roots not-for-profit established and governed by a crew of skilled individuals, who are motivated and passionate about urban farming and sustainability.

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EMMA BOWEN

CHAIR + CO-FOUNDER // Emma has previously worked as a sustainability editor and consultant, and has experience in organic market gardening with studies in permaculture. She has a successful background in small business start-ups and marketing with skills in community engagement and managing events. Emma has a particular interest in sustainability across cities, personal lifestyle and food production. 

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MANDY FERGUSON

DIRECTOR // Mandy is a not for profit organisation specialist who is passionate about strategies that build community and individual capacity to create sustainable change. In recent years, she has worked with Australian Red Cross on a diverse range of food security programs and projects targeted to vulnerable groups across NSW and ACT. Mandy is excited by the contribution that Pocket City Farms can make to community systems as well as the urban environment.

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MICHAEL ZAGORIDIS

CO-FOUNDER // Zag is an organic market farmer with a permaculture background. His experience is in organic, permaculture and sustainable farm practices, nourishing soil structures and local food networks. Michael is trained in permaculture teaching, with a focus on skilling up new farmers and developing food growing skills in the community. 

MARTIN EGAN

DIRECTOR // Martin has a background in digital media, using design thinking to bring ideas to life: building and testing them robustly so they thrive in the market. His passion for good works in the real world has lead him to work on city farm projects and on various charitable boards. He is excited to help PCF grow with bold new projects, and increase its community reach in both the real and digital world.

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KAREN ERDOS

CO-FOUNDER // Karen is a registered architect with thirteen years of experience working on a range of projects, from a school in a slum community in India, to large scale residential projects, and has worked extensively with municipal councils. Karen is very passionate and focused on sustainable design and has a keen interest in permaculture, urban sustainability and farming.

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MELANIE MASLEM

DIRECTOR // Mel is a corporate lawyer turned tech startup founder, with an interest in community led governance and impact economics. Mel brings legal, governance and structuring experience to the team and wants to help demonstrate the impact of community led initiatives, with public and private partnerships, in socio-economic terms.