David Forrest and Sue Mangan are the couple behind the Organic Forrest stall at Mullumbimby Farmers Market. Passionate about organics, they have run their organic farm at Federal for more than 30 years.
-What do you sell at the market?
We have a wide range of seasonal veges and fruit, nuts plus ginger turmeric garlic Kombucha and artisan preserves.
-How did you come to be farmers?
Dave has farmed for 45 years after Ag College, Sue 10 years post her first career teaching Food Tech. Our daughter Lilli is always keen to help too, and has a Master of Dietetics and Human Nutrition degree (specialist Kombucha brewer) and our son Dougal is the next generation with hands in the humus.
-What do you enjoy about what you do? What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
Healthy food production using environmentally sounds inputs and practices is challenging and satisfying. We enjoy being part of regenerating our properties’ vegetation and soil to create a sustainable landscape with a positive future.
– What are the biggest challenges you face on your farm/doing what you do for a living?
Climate change is real and brings heat stress, downpours, storms, and hungry natives!
– What’s the best thing about being part of the farmers market?
Mullum Farmers Market has allowed us to diversify crops and spread the production risks. The presence of the local market infrastructure allows us to sell within our own community and provide food security for them. We have formed genuine relationships with customers and other organic farmers and look forward to seeing them every week rain or shine.
– Tell us something most people wouldn’t know about you?
Dave has been a foundation and current member of many farming organisations, has taught biological and organic farming with TAFE for 38 years and is organising the 3rd Australian Biological Farming Conference November 9-12 2018 at SCU Gold Coast Campus.
– What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
Doing something you believe worthwhile means you never have to work again! We have put in nine days a week for this opportunity and live by our choices.