Deep winter - the organiserS: PAST & PRESENT
Deep Winter started in early 2015 with a facebook message from Fraser of Old Mill Road farm to a bunch of friends saying: 'hey can we get together in the middle of winter to swap notes and drink wine at a time of year where we can actually take a weekend off?' - and so we did.
Tammi of Jonai Farms offered to host the gathering down near Dayelsford in VIC, the local farming friends hired the local hall, we all brought food to share, called the whole thing Deep Winter, and there you have it.
In 2016 the South coast crew put up their hands to host and the lovely Fiona of Buena Vista Farm joined forces with Kirsten of Milkwood alongside a bunch of other resourceful folks to create Deep Winter 2016 in Gerringong.
In 2017, Deep Winter went noth to the subtropical Northern Rivers. The Northern Rivers Young Farmers Alliance (a fledgling group of new and beginning farmers in the Northern Rivers region) hosted a bumper year - leaving everyone hungry for more...
In 2018, Deep Winter was hosted in Cygnet, Tasmania. With the theme of "longevity" we explored how we can all do this farming/working on the land thing forever (if desired) without the burn out factor kicking in! Key organisers were James Da Costa from Hobart City Farm, Jilly Middleton from Twelve Trees Farm, Paulette Whitney form Provenance Growers, Hannah Moloney from Good Life Permaculture, Celia Leverton from Whistlers Ridge Permaculture and Christina Giudici from Fimby.
In 2019, Deep Winter was held in Willunga in South Australia. We ended up forming Future Farmers SA to run the show and we’re in the process of working out what we do next. The theme in 2019 was ‘scale and viability’. Key organisers were Ella McHenry from Little Bunyip and Nat Wiseman from Village Greens with crucial support from Andy Taylor, Eliza Reiger, Kat Snoswell, Tom Bradman and Verity Slee.
Brisbane threw their hat in the ring for the honour of hosting Deep Winter 2020 so we’ll see what happens next and what gets decided for next year.
Those of us on facebook hang out at the Deep Winter group. You can ask to join, if this is your kind of thing too.