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Nat Mendham

Founder / editor / photographer

By day Nat is a professional photographerChristmas tree farmer and mum of twins. She is a champion at finding the best (hilarious/creepy/weird) GIFs in group chats. When she grows up she wants to be a semi-professional tomato grower. And her favourite thing about the Coal Valley is how distinctive the seasons are. 

Check out all of the articles written by Nat here.

JARED Mendham

Wordsmith / ideas man / tech support

Other than moonlighting at OCV, Jared is a digital marketerChristmas tree farmer and dad of twins. He excels at dad jokes (but is limited to one per offspring per day). When he grows up he wants to be in a 3-piece sea shanty band. And his favourite thing about the Coal Valley is the transformation it has undergone in the last 30 years, from a quiet rural area to a vibrant and creative community.

Check out all of the articles written by Jared here.

FIONA MAKOWSKI

Recipe writer / olive grower / foodie

Fiona’s “proper job” is as a doctor, but her passion is olives and food. She grows and presses olives at her farm, Freshfield Grove. When she grows up she wants to be a crazy hippy lady with a farm full of goats. She is fabulous at organising and list making, much to her husband’s dismay. The thing she loves most about the Coal Valley is the sense of community and belonging.

Check out all of the articles written by Fiona here.

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