Peel farmers gear up for food festival

Festival ahead: Serpentine musicain Sally Jane, Serpentine-Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance president Merri Harris and Gardening Australia's host Josh Byrne.
Festival ahead: Serpentine musicain Sally Jane, Serpentine-Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance president Merri Harris and Gardening Australia's host Josh Byrne.

Peel farmers are gearing up to show off their very best produce and wares at an inaugural farm festival, which will be hosted by the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance on May 5.

The SJ Food & Farm Fest has been designed to be a family-fun event that celebrates peri-urban farming and educates people on where their food comes from.

From a school scarecrow competition, quirky stalls, fresh produce, and demonstrations to an array of talented guest speakers, the event promises something for everyone.

Among the all-star line-up sits well-known green thumbs, Gardening Australia's host Josh Byrne and ABC radio presenter Sabrina Hahn.

From raising awareness of the importance of soil health to the well-being of plants, a variety of topics will be on the table across the day.

Various street performances will be bringing vibrant music to this year's festival, including Serpentine's very own Sally Jane.

Serpentine-Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance president Merri Harris said it was important for people to know where their food came from.

"When you know where your food comes from and you know the farmer who made it you're going to be a lot more confident about the quality of that food," Ms Harris said.

"I think we need to get back to eating whole foods and not relying so much on this highly processed food that we're eating so much these days."

Ms Harris said the alliance was a boon for the region.

"The [Serpentine-Jarrahdale] Food and Farm Alliance has multiple ambitions," she said.

"One is to make peri-urban agricultural existence really economically viable and the other is to educate the urban population about their health by improving the quality of their foods."

"As we progress and create a market, then later on a food hub... we can truly be able to supply a full range of food from local sources for our local consumers, which is really important."