Past Recipients

Amelia Bright

Co-Owner of Amber Creek Farms and Sawmill and Co-Founder of Prom Coast Food Collective

Amelia Bright, together with her husband Dan and Hazel (2) and Delilah (7 months), own and operate Amber Creek Farm and Sawmill in Fish Creek. Together they grow high quality, ethically produced, pasture raised pork. 

Amelia is passionate about regional vitality, small farm viability and bringing the best of local produce to local families. This passion was the driving force that brought about the creation of the Prom Coast Food Collective.

Co-founding “The Collective” with Sally Ruljancich in 2017 brings 20 + artisanal producers together to sell their produce in monthly cycles via an online platform, The Open Food Network.

The farmers and producers converge at one local and several Melbourne venues to distribute their goods to customers. The model developed by Amelia and Sally differs from a farmers market or a conventional online commerce platform as 100% of profits go directly to the farmers, all items are pre sold prior to the convergence.


Dr Jo Newton

Research Scientist, Genetics Agriculture Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Dr Jo Newton balances as her work as a Research Scientist for Agriculture Victoria with advocacy of youth in agriculture. Her contributions to the ImProving Herds Project have played a significant role in increasing the dairy industry’s adoption of genetic tools and technologies.
Jo’s skills as a science communicator and early career research were recognised through being awarded the 2017 Dairy Research Foundation Emerging Scientists Award and a 2018 Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 
While completing a PhD in Animal Genetics and Breeding at the University of New England, NSW, Jo balanced her studies with part-time work at Stanley Vale Merinos and an active involvement in the university and wider agricultural community. 
In 2013 Jo was identified as a future influencer in agriculture and named a Young Farming Champion. This role sees Jo undertake regular school visits and speaking engagements promoting agriculture and it’s diverse career pathways. 
2018 saw Jo named as the inaugural chair of the Youth Voices Leadership Team. This new advisory group mentors and supports youth in agriculture, such as the Young Farming Champions, and is becoming a recognised youth agricultural leadership voice. 
A big believer in paying it forward, Jo dedicates a considerable portion of her spare time to speaking at schools and events, mentoring students and junior scientists and volunteering at agricultural shows.

Past Winners 



Adam Mountjoy - Branch Manager Rodwells, Yea
Justin Corbitt - Head Brewer Hawkers Beer, Melbourne
Dr Sherrie Lea - Whittelsea Agricultural Society, Whittlesea


Melissa Neal - Quality Assurance & Supply Chain Manager, AK Ben Pekuah Meats
Emma Germano - General Manager, I Love Farms & Vice President VFF Horticulture Division 
Grace Calder - Lamb Industry Development Officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources