Amanda Garner first joined the ANFIL Board in 2012 and was appointed Chair in March 2014. In 2018 she has accepted the special "Co-Chair" position created by the Board.
Amanda has more than 25 years experience in food and agribusiness: from broadacre farming to corporate catering and event management. She is co-principal of the consulting firm UPAH&Co.
Amanda is a 2015 Australian Rural Women's Victorian Award Finalist; 2013 Australian Rural Leadership Trailblazers Course Fellow; 2013 Agrifood Skills Australia International Fellowship'; and a cordon Bleu trained Chef. She is also half way through a Degree in Horticulture (paused due to the growing needs of her children). Her family has been involved in farming for over 140 years, and Amanda and her family have a property in western Victoria.
Amanda is a passionate advocate for the Australian native foods industry. We are caretakers and custodians of the land to pass onto the next generation, is the inherited motto she lives and works by. Her Agriskills Fellowship was about developing a focus on Native Foods Provenance and Sovereignty. She is driven to further research into viable native crops to apply to broad acre farming in arid zones across Australia; and developing Government focus in Indigenous horticulture projects and Intellectual Property surrounding individual species.