Harvest Fair was born out of the need to take action to achieve gender equality in Australia. The gender pay gap in Australia remains at over 15% and has only reduced by 2% in the last decade. We believe that this persistent pay gap is the result of a systemic issue which often doesn’t allow women the flexibility to balance between career aspirations and family values. When forced to choose, women will often choose family. The long term impact of gender inequity is that women earn less, have less superannuation, and as such are more vulnerable to poverty, homelessness, mental health issue and violence across the lifespan. A recent report by the World Economic Forum indicated that gender equality would take 170 years to achieve if we maintain the status quo.
This is not acceptable. We can do something about this!
There are many factors which contribute to gender inequality, but we believe that one response must be to create equitable employment opportunities and conditions for women which empowers women and aligns with their core values to get more women into, and thriving, in our workforce.
Harvest Fair explores this equitable employment concept by offering flexible employment and skills development opportunities. We will work 1-1 with these women to identify their goals (which may be unrelated to the food industry) and assist them to pursue those goals through training and resources, and we will connect them to networks that they might not have had access to otherwise.
Each woman has a unique story and important message for our community – Join these remarkable women on their journey as Harvest Fair strives to advance gender equity in order to accelerate gender equality in Australia.
With more women in our workforce and equitable models of working that support women’s economic empowerment, we can move closer to achieving gender equality in Australia.
Meet the team
Amy Orange – Founder and Director
Amy is a social entrepreneur who holds an MBA and an Honours degree in psychology – she is frustrated by traditional models which no longer fit our modern society, and is passionate about social justice, gender equality and redefining business practices in accordance with the triple bottom line. Over nine years of experience working and volunteering in the not for profit community services sector Amy has seen many women who have been unable to meet their potential in mainstream employment due to a lack of flexibility in working conditions and a lack of understanding from employers. The consequences of women not being able to participate in the workforce are enormous not only on an economic level, but on a social and individual level – without regular income these women are vulnerable to poverty, homelessness, mental health conditions and violence across the lifespan. Amy recognised a need for businesses to look at a new flexible way of operating which meets the needs and celebrates the values of women, and Harvest Fair was created to explore this very concept. Amy’s experience in working with family carers and people across disability, aged care and chronic conditions brings an understanding of the needs that Harvest Fair can meet with our products and services.
Amy was the proud 2017 winner of the Women in Innovation SA Award in the category of Women’s Initiative in Business for Harvest Fair, and was also recently recognised as one of the InDaily Top 40 Under 40 business leaders in South Australia.
Feel free to connect with Amy on LinkedIn
Jasmine is a young born and bred South Australian who loves cooking, especially vegan meals.
Jasmine came to Harvest Fair from Kik Coffee, a for purpose brand which exists to provide employment to disadvantaged youth.
Heaven was born in Ethiopia and moved to Australia when she was 12, and shortly after that had a baby girl.
Heaven’s childhood in Ethiopia and upbringing was rich with love, family and togetherness. The culture and influences of watching her grandparents cook traditional Ethiopian food, with their recipes and techniques that have been passed down the generations, has shaped her cooking style today.
Family, coffee and food, is central to Heaven’s happiness. She has a special interest in the nutrition of food, the origins and how good healthy food not only fuels your body, but also feeds your mind and soul.
The strong values her family installed in her from childhood, has lead her in good stead for the struggles, heartbreak, and loneliness that was to come in her teens and into adulthood. Heaven is now passionate about helping other people improve their lives and happiness, and believes in the importance of hard work and education.
Joy came to Harvest Fair as a Culinary Assistant through the Royal Society for the Blind. Born in the early 1970’s, Joy was born albino with only 10% vision but she has not let this stop her from doing the things she loves. With a passion for music she plays piano, guitar and saxophone, and performed in many school and church choirs. Her love of live music inspired her to create Adelaide LIVE, an online community to support, encourage and promote live music in South Australia which has over 1500 followers.
Joy is a single mother of five children, and she has prided herself on supporting her children to become the best they can be through offering them support, stability and love, and seeing them blossom through life’s challenges. Joy puts the needs and wellbeing of her children above all else, in particular the needs of one of her children who has severe autism and who requires constant care and supervision.
Joy brings over 30 years of experience in various hospitality and customer service roles, and has enormous potential; however, she has been very challenged in finding flexible employment which offers her the necessary balance between work and family, particularly as she is unable to drive due to her vision impairment.
The Harvest Fair team are inspired by Joy’s resilience and strength and feel lucky to have Joy on board with the support of the Royal Society for the Blind and technology aids that assist Joy to undertake her role effectively. Joy enjoys cooking and is excited to be part of a unique team who inspires and contributes to a better community.
The Harvest Fair team works under the guidance of two very experienced advisors who share their knowledge and connections across Government, non-profit and private sectors, including the food industry.
Founder of Chooks SA and Director of Moira Deslandes Consulting
Moira has worked from the kitchen table as a direct service social worker through to the cabinet table as a Chief of Staff to a Minister. She has extensive strategic and operational experience in the not-for-profit sector and in government at state, regional, national & international levels. As Founder of Chooks, Moira is passionate about applying a gender lens to business and social enterprise, and aims to increase the number of female-led enterprises in Australia.
Dr Darren Oemcke
Director of Hydra Consulting
Darren is leader in business model modernisation, digital impacts on value chains, immersive learning environments and product development. He has developed and utilises tools for customer facing business models. He is a co-founder of consultant network Icons Alliance, knowledge management software developer Bowerbase and tourism business Invina. He is a partner in advisory firm Hydra Consulting, specialising in competitive business models and operational improvement with a focus on value chains with clients in the food manufacturing industry.
Harvest Fair wouldn’t have been able to launch without the support of our community.
In 2016 we ran a crowd-funding campaign through StartSomeGood in which over 30 people generously donated. As part of this crowdfunding campaign we also undertook a live pitch at Pitch4Good during Open State in which we raised more funds from our audience, which was generously matched by Open State.
Our Patrons of Equity who donated to our campaign include:
Jane & Neil Orange
Harvest Fair is very pleased to be partnering with the Women’s Community Centre of SA who have generously invited Harvest Fair into their centre for use of their commercial kitchen space at a discounted rate – our missions align beautifully and we are so happy to provide a safe space for women to undertake their culinary work.
Join our Team
Would you like to be part of the Harvest Fair movement?
As our business grows we will be opening applications for our Culinary Creators so please watch this space and follow our Facebook page for announcements.