Marg Couch is inspired by the enterprise, innovation and creativity of the growers, producers and food retailers in the Riverina foodbowl. She believes there is a growing number of food entrepreneurs in the Riverina who are committed to supporting a regional food economy and are the emerging leaders of a re-energised regional food movement.
Marg has held the position of Project Officer for RDA Riverina since 2009. In this role, based in Griffith, she promotes and fosters support and collaboration on projects that engender regional economic growth and development.
Born and bred on a large dryland property near Barmedman, Marg was raised with a culture of grow what you eat, which she had to share with her six siblings! She was formally trained in primary education teaching at the now CSU Wagga Wagga Campus and has held various roles in school and community education, in addition to experience in marketing and promotion for a food manufacturing company in Griffith. She has also contributed to community through eXposedartz festivals, arts and cultural committee of Griffith City Council and in her current role as Chairperson for Western Riverina Arts.
Marg is an inaugural member of Taste Riverina and is currently working on an initiative entitled Riverina Top Plates. This project is an ‘eat local’ campaign identifying and promoting over 30 regional restaurants, cafes, delis, cellar doors and pubs that showcase local producers on their menus.
She has an enduring interest in supporting a connected regional food movement where education, food, wine and art meet on all levels.