Rebecca Barnes


from Playing with Fire Native Foods



Saturday 2:30pm – 3:15pm 

@ The Sustainability Village 

Presenting: Growing a Bushfood Garden

REBECCA BARNES Native Food Provedore and Advocate After an international career in finance and insurance, Rebecca Barnes moved to the northern NSW coastal town of Ballina 20 years ago seeking a career and lifestyle change that would allow her to balance work and family. When research led her to realise the nutritional benefits and untapped potential of Australian native foods Rebecca and her business partner established Playing with Fire Native Foods. An industry leader Playing with Fire Native Foods now grows, processes, manufactures and supplies native foods domestically, at local farmers markets, gourmet food shops and high end restaurants and internationally to Asia USA and Europe. With demand currently outstripping supply due to the growing interest from chefs, foodies, nutritionists and international markets Rebecca believes the industry is at a critical point and needs to expand to ensure its survival. Rebecca’s passion is to showcase the native food industry and provide industry leaders with a platform to connect and share their stories and to educate future growers about the enormous potential of Australia’s native foods. Achievements: Founder and Managing Director of Playing with Fire Native Foods Pty Ltd Finalist 2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Secretary/Treasurer/Public Officer of Bushfood Sensations Inc 2017 Treasurer North Byron Farmers Market Inc 2017.