Produced by Connect Well East Gippsland + Wellington and Gippsland Jersey, the 2022 'The Hand that Feeds You" calendar includes the stories of 12 East Gippsland farmers and extols the virtues of sharing and recognising the inner struggles many of us, especially those who work on the land, have faced in the past 12 months.
ICE CREAM. THAT’S how Sallie Jones, one half of Gippsland Jersey, parses memories of growing up in idyllic Lakes Entrance, in East Gippsland, Victoria, before her dad, the dairy farmer Michael Bowen, tragically took his own life in 2016. “He’d flick a big chunk of freshly churned ice cream onto the back of your hand,” she recalls. “Ice cream on tap.... It was the childhood that children could only dream of.”