About

Gather By, is an Australian owned company providing the highest level of food security through revolutionary health and environmental projects committed to regenerating the environment.

Our contributions include:

  • Community and pollinator restoration

  • Promoting the benefits of plant-based medicine

  • Connecting primary advocates and businesses in sustainable regenerative growth with environmentally conscious consumers around the world.

A key aspect contributing to the regenerative growth is the production and supply of medicinal honey from the Australian bush to end user. Made possible through regional community support, Gather By is able to develop a high income, low maintenance regenerative farming model producing pure, potent and raw premium Manuka Honey which is then distributed to meet the enormous global demand through its worldwide Medicinal Honey Channel.

Years of research and ten’s of thousands of kilometres have been spent locating which parent plant of the 87 varieties of Leptospermum have contributed maximum potency to the honey harvested. This is an important consideration when defining the strength and efficacy of Manuka honey as it is during the pollination process that dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is converted to Methylglyoxal (MGO), a crucial ingredient used for its antibacterial properties This nectar is tested for dihydroxyacetone (DHA) selecting 15 of the hyper-DHA plants for propagation. These selected Leptospermum bushes are then cloned for bioregion diversity maximising potency, growth and extended nectar flow.

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The Gather By Team

Horticulture, Beekeeping & Education

Russel & Sharon Costin ,
Northern Rivers - Propagation

With 40 years experience in Australian native plants, Russell and Sharon together with Gather By, have established Australian Medicinal Honey Plants (Pty) Ltd to propagate and plant the first hyper-DHA plants for stock.

Gavin Smith ,
Educator

Gavin's moment in time sparked Gather By's early formation, akin to the big bang theory.  He teaches the beekeepers of the future the importance of pollinators and sustainable beekeeping principles.

Finance & Admin

Lee Vakas ,
Strategy & Finance

Lee provides corporate advisory and strategic implementation, developing innovative financial modelling and granular level financial project management.

Implementation

Kieran Bailey ,
Plantation Implementation

Bringing 24 years of extensive horticulture and landscaping experience to Gather By, Kieran is responsible for implementing the Medicinal Honey Forest ™ as well as optimizing productivity and maintenance of innovative, large-scale plantations to maximise honey production.

Milly Stubley ,
Online Community Development

After wrapping up her 4-year double degree in a Bachelor of Public Relations and a Bachelor of Business studies at Charles Sturt University last year, Milly has moved back to Sydney to assist Gather By with the planning of community engagement through new, innovative multi-media channels and events. 

 

Directors and management

Matt Blomfield ,
Founder, Executive Chair

Matt is the passionate and visionary founder of Gather By, with a successful track record in conceptualising and actualising innovative, large-scale global projects. Heading up the commercialisation, market development, supply chain security, sales & marketing and new technology ventures, Matt’s expertise lies in building stakeholder value.

Jenna Ford ,
Founder, Operations & Supply

Jenna provides the hands on experience necessary for identifying, sourcing and producing Gather By’s trademark and characteristic raw and pure honey. Being one of the Gather By founders, Jenna is also responsible for managing the Medicinal Honey Forest ™ with Australian landholders to sustainably produce honey and regenerate communities and the environment.

Julie Wade ,
People and Performance

Julie leads HR and workforce management at Gather By from her many years of experience in implementing large-scale, international, human resources and business transformation projects for renowned global brands. Her world-class modus-operandi techniques are used to improve collaboration, personnel management, as well as enhance team performance.

Tony Stubley ,
Non-Executive Director

Tony has brought a successful track record and years of experience in marketing, advertising and brand building, to Gather By. He, together with his partner Ruth, are currently implementing the Medicinal Honey Forest ™ on his beautiful estate in Byron Bay for the purpose of producing medicinal and therapeutic honey.

Dr. Gary Ewart ,
Chief Science Officer

Gary is a non-executive Director, bringing 25 years of applied scientific research experience to Gather By. Gary heads all things molecular for plant-based research and IP processes working with the team in prioritising valuable honey bee research for actioning.

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