Last year I was contracted by Earth Hour to capture photos of farmer Peter Holding on his property in Harden for the cookbook Planet to Plate. At the time I had no idea of how big the cookbook was going to be or the impact it will hopefully have on generations to come. I am now extremely proud to be involved in such a wonderful project, which uniquely and beautifully incorporates first-hand stories from Australian farmers highlighting the impact global warming is having on their farms and the nation’s availability of fresh, homegrown food. It also includes delicious recipes by well know Aussie chefs and food personalities like Matt Preston, Neil Perry, Luke Mangan, Kylie Kwong, Guy Grossi, Margaret Fulton and Sarah Wilson just to name a few.
As well as being a collection of the very best recipes from the country’s top chefs, Planet to Plate is full of information on how global warming is already affecting produce we enjoy in our everyday lives including fresh vegetables, cereals, bread and fruit. Proceeds from the cookbook will go to supporting Earth Hour’s work with schools, small business and community groups.
Peter Holding is one of 34 Australian farmers taking part in the Climate Champion Initiative who are all leaders in their industries and are actively taking steps to change their business and farm practices to better deal with Australia’s increasing climate variability. Peter has held talks with other farmers from all over Australia discussing how he manages risk in a highly variable climate and the long-term impact of climate change on farming. He’s a very interesting man and I think it’s wonderful how proactive he is in facing the challenges ahead.
Peter is a third generation on his farm and his son James will be the fourth.
To find out more visit www.earthhour.org.au.