Hello and thank you for dropping by my little corner of the web, Local is Lovely.
I am a freelance food writer, home cook and fledgling photographer and live on a farm just west of Orange, NSW with my husband Tim and two children Alice (7) and Tom (5). We farm and raise deer according to holistic practices and our business is called Mandagery Creek Venison.
Before moving to Orange ten years ago, I worked in food and lifestyle magazines as a features editor then editor and from 2001-2003 lived in north-west Italy, working for the Slow Food movement’s editorial house. Yes it was a dream job! And one of the main things I took away from this time with Slow Food was that a good way to change the way people source, share and consume their food (for the better) is by making it a pleasurable and user-friendly exercise. This is what I’m hoping to achieve with Local is Lovely.
I started this blog three years ago to celebrate nice farmers like us and share recipes, and stories not only from our own farm, but others plus kitchens and markets across the country. My recipes are simple, seasonal and fresh and I hope, will inspire more people to source their food as locally as possible; because it’s lovely!
With 20 years’ experience in journalism and food writing, my work these days focusses principally on My Open Kitchen; a podcast and e-course designed to give farmers, producers and value-adders the inspiration, skills and confidence they need to use social media to grow their businesses and build supportive communities.
Here are a few ore things I’ve been, and am doing;
I have authored and photographed a book of recipes and stories also called Local is Lovely (sadly out of print) and my second cookbook will be released by Murdoch Books in Autumn 2019.
In 2016, I was named the Australian Rural Woman of the Year by the Australian Government’s AgriFutures body, which recognises leadership and a commitment to rural communities. I am a columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper (The Treechanger) and also organise a calendar of workshops and events bringing online creatives and social media experts together from around the world together to share, inspire and connect.
I am always interested in hearing from producers and farmers about collaborating on new projects so if you’d like to chat, please email me on sophie_hansen (@ )me.com