- President- Tammi Jonas
- Vice President- Nick Holliday
- Treasurer – Dan Cordner
- Secretary – Ruth Gaha-Morris
- International Liaison – Georgina Mulcahy
- Amy Pagett
- LaVergne Lehman
- Randal Breen
- Airlie Morris – Lawyer
- Amida Cumming – Administrative Officer
Committee Member Profiles
Tammi Jonas, President
Tammi Jonas is an agroecologist in practice, principle, and philosophy. Along with her hypercompetent husband Stuart, Tammi farms heritage-breed Large Black pastured pigs, cattle, and garlic on the unceded lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people in the central highlands of Victoria. She is also resident meatsmith at Jonai Farms, a thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) with 80 wonderful household members. Tammi has been president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) since 2014.
She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Western Australia on the biodiverse and decolonising practices of agroecological farmers, and investigating the logistical, financial, social, and legislative barriers to their efforts.
In her years serving AFSA, Tammi has been very active in the global fight for food
sovereignty with comrades in the International Planning Committee for Food
Sovereignty (IPC), advocating in numerous UN governing bodies for the rights of
Indigenous Peoples and peasants and their communities. She is an editor and co-
author of Farming Democracy: Radically transforming the food system from the
ground up (2019).
Nick Holliday, Vice President
Dan Cordner, Treasurer
Dan, along with his wife Leanne their 2 daughters Adele and Hayley run Bellasato Farm. He and his family farm premium Sommerlad meat chickens along with a small amount of sugar cane. They also grow a few veggies and an ever-increasing bounty of tropical fruits.
Having spent most of his life living in the city, Dan didn’t think often about where his food was coming from, that is, until the birth of his daughter. Being responsible for her life made him and his wife consider what type of lifestyle they wanted to raise their children in, one disconnected from nature, food, and farming, or one that enveloped them within these beautiful aspects of life.
Having never farmed before Dan and his wife took the leap and moved onto a farm, literally jumping in the deep end – both without any off-farm income, and completely reliant on the land to provide food and enough money to get by on. But with the goal of providing great quality food for their family and their surrounding community fueling their flame, they soldier on, learning and growing as they go.
Ruth Gaha-Morris, Secretary
Ex-farmer come foodie advocate, Ruth works across multiple platforms to bring producers and consumers closer together within local sustainable food systems. At present this includes running small scale farmers markets and a multi-farm box scheme, aggregating small amounts of produce from multiple farmers in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.
In addition to this her business, The Scrumpers Garden, specialises in catering local events, sourcing exclusively from local producers, and utilising excess and otherwise “unloved” food, while educating consumers on seasonality and new ingredients.
Ruth joined AFSA in 2017 when looking for a way to contributing to bigger system changes in national and international food regulation. She is a passionate advocate for the right of people to have greater control over and freeer access to their food farming, food making, food consuming and the decision making processes surrounding all of these.
Georgina Mulcahy, International Liaison
Georgina took up the International Liaison role in 2020, with the goal of contributing to effective collaboration between AFSA members and multilateral organizations, and centreing the lived experience of food producers in global policy making.
Georgina has professional experience in stakeholder management with global food and nutrition policy actors including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization. She is currently actively involved in advocacy as volunteer with the NSW Branch committee of the Public Health Association of Australia, which has contributed to her experience in policy advocacy.
Georgina has also worked extensively to support the food movement in Sydney for over 6 years, including as co-leader of the Sydney chapter of the Youth Food Movement, volunteering at Pocket City Farms, and working for Ooooby Sydney – a local, seasonal, and organic fruit and vegetable box company.
General Members Profiles
Amy grew up on her family’s fourth generation sheep property in Central West NSW. As one of four girls, she took the early cues to look further afield for a life in the city. After attending boarding school in Sydney, she studied Media & Communication Studies in Wollongong then years later completed a Master of Sustainability at Sydney Uni. Professionally, work always seemed to involve food – from the glossy pages of one of Australia’s top food magazine, to the e-commerce world of a recipe box delivery service and then working in Melbourne at Yume Food – Australia’s first and only online marketplace for surplus commercial-scale food waste.
Amy is interested in learning about regenerative agriculture in the hopes to one day go full circle, roll up her sleeves and produce nutrient-dense food with a focus on regenerating ecosystems and sharing knowledge. She understands that food is the source of our health and happiness and believes that it is the most powerful medium through which we can demonstrate the kind of environment and society we wish to live and take part in.
Staff Members Profiles
Airlie Morris, AFSA Legal Defence Fund Lawyer
Airlie is a corporate lawyer and contract specialist of too-many-years-to-count but more recently took stewardship of 200 acres of denuded farmland in central Victoria. Her aim was regenerating the landscape, her partners’ aim was farming. After many discussions they have combined interests and are practising regenerative agriculture with a range of farm animals, costly fencing, over 11,000 planted trees, and three children. This journey led to Airlie’s discovery of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, via membership of CSA’s in her new local area. Working with AFSA provides Airlie with the perfect balance of contributing her legal and drafting skills while continuing to learn and be inspired by the principles of food sovereignty.