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We had a chat to Natalia Urosevic of Hill Street Grocer about her involvement with Sprout and her vision for food in Tasmania. Hill Street Grocer are one of the six sponsors of the Sprout Producer Program in 2016. They are sponsoring Justin Merriel of Glen Ard Mohr Estate - who is a recreating the original pear orchard located in Exeter, northern Tasmania. 

What do you do and what is your background?

I’m one of the owners of Hill Street Grocer, where I’m involved in everything from our marketing and communications strategy to helping run Hill Street Home, our new homewares store, being part of projects teams opening and renovating our new stores, and generally being involved across the business in everything from the mundane to the strategic.

How did you first become involved with Sprout?
I learned about Sprout in its very early stages and, feeling passionate about supporting and encouraging small local growers, joined Sprout and served almost two years on the Board, helping to develop and implement the initial ideas for the Sprout Producer’s Program and Fork to Fork.

What is your vision for Tasmania’s agricultural future?
That Tasmania becomes a place bursting with small local producers, growing and producing the best and healthiest food in the world using the world’s best practice sustainable agriculture.  I would love to see Tasmania self-sufficient in its food production and people eating seasonally and consciously, understanding where their food has come from, what it has taken to get it onto their plates, and the true value of food and our farmers.  I could go on and on!!!

Who is your food hero: your greatest inspiration as a cook/grower?
Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, a restaurant in California.  She was the pioneer of the local food movement in the 1970s in California and here were are forty years later thinking it’s a new thing!

What ingredient are you most excited about right now?
Going into Autumn, new season’s pears and apples, for crumbles and cakes. I love baking.

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