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Ash Burke - Instagarden guru!

Ash Burke - Instagarden guru!

For Geelong local Ash Burke, the feeling of accomplishment from growing his own food and providing for his family sparked a complete change in lifestyle and priorities. What started as a couple of hours here and there outside to try and escape the stressful life as a paramedic, has turned into producing a reliable source of food for his family. Ash is now a cult gardener online too!

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Charles Skender - Growing Ample

Charles Skender - Growing Ample

Industrial designer Charles Skender grew up with a strong family dynamic and large backyards full of all kinds of produce - citrus, nuts, herbs, greens, veggies, you name it. Here started Charles' journey to grow food, and his new brand, AMPLE. We caught up recently with Charles to talk about AMPLE.

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Andrew Wallace - Glowpear through and through

Andrew Wallace - Glowpear through and through

Andrew Wallace's connection to the environment stems from his earliest memories spending holidays at his uncle's deer farm. Here they had an extensive garden, which was Andrew's first experience of a sustainable ecosystem. Waste from the farm would help cultivate the gardens with resultant produce grown to eat over dinner, a truly cyclical system.

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Neroli Henderson + Muppety Muffinson - Quilting green

Neroli Henderson + Muppety Muffinson - Quilting green

Neroli Henderson is an internationally award winning artist who uses fabric, stitch, photography, paint and other mixed media to create art quilts, and Muppety Muffinson her five year old Bichon Frisé. Both love gardening in the clouds!

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Darren Purchese - The sweetest creations

Darren Purchese - The sweetest creations

Darren Purchese is the owner and creator behind Melbourne’s Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio. He is one of most respected pastry chefs working in Australia today and is renowned for his exquisite and extravagant sweet creations. 

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Alice Zaslavsky - Veg vocalist!

Alice Zaslavsky - Veg vocalist!

Following Masterchef, Alice Zaslavsky got vocal! Now she is a food literacy advocate; resident culinary correspondent for ABC News Breakfast; author of two books; and creator of a free digital toolbox helping teachers slip more serves of vegetables into the classroom. We sat down with Alice to see what makes her tick.

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Claudia Jovanovski - Food for life

Claudia Jovanovski - Food for life

Claudia Jovanovski is going places. The internationally recognised fitness personality manages a busy schedule of well-known brand engagements, along with running a lifestyle business. Claudia has a bunch of Glowpear Urban Gardens and Minis at home, where she grows a range of  fruits, veggies and herbs so she can prepare fresh salads, Sunday bruschetta, pesto, Mexican dishes, and curries.

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Ash Newland - Scrubbin' up a treat!

Ash Newland - Scrubbin' up a treat!

Ash Newland is the founder of the Scrubba wash bag - dubbed as the world's smallest washing machine for travel and camping. He leads a small team in Melbourne, Australia, who have helped hundreds of thousands of people travel clean, light and free with the Scrubba wash bag. A supporter of greening the urban environment for many years, Ash has Glowpears both at Scrubba HQ and in his own backyard. 

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Don Applebee - Living the dream!

Don Applebee - Living the dream!

Don Applebee is 65 years old and has always been a keen gardener. Raised on a dairy farm with an agricultural secondary education Don had a green thumb from an early age. He is presently working in the spare parts Industry for trucks and light commercial vehicles, so as you'd expect this guy is pretty handy.  

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Serena Lee and Geert Hendrix - Farmtrepreneurs

Serena Lee and Geert Hendrix - Farmtrepreneurs

Geert Hendrix and Serena Lee are not your typical farmers, yet they may be archetypes for agricultural professionals of the future. The pair devised the innovative start-up Farmwall, a small-scale indoor farm offering for restaurants and cafes that allows chefs to grow and harvest their own herbs and microgreens in a space the size of a bookcase.

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