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Story & photos Eve Jeffery

Celebrating the beginning of the bush lemon season, Christine and Douglas Kesteven of Imogen’s Farm Whian Whian, will soon begin to harvest the crop of delicious citrus that goes into the making of their award winning limoncello.

This year in honour of the humble fruit, the Kestevens are hosting a fundraising event for Grow which is a community-based organisation that has helped thousands of Australians recover from mental illness through a unique program of mutual support and personal development.

Christine and Douglas Kesteven prepare for the lemon harvest at Imogen's Farm at Whian Whian. Photo Tree Faerie.
Christine and Douglas Kesteven prepare for the lemon harvest at Imogen’s Farm at Whian Whian.

Grow, established in Sydney in 1957 and now with over 250 groups throughout Australia, was founded by people drawn together by their first-hand experience of mental illness. Grow Groups meet weekly and vary in size from 3-10 members, and are run by seasoned ‘Growers’ who have taken a voluntary leadership role within the Group.

During the fundraiser, guests will watch the bravery of a bush lemon picker, conserve and then convert the lemons into limoncello, or preserve Moroccan style.

Playing with fruit will be followed by an Italian feast by Roberto Costanzo (Nomadic Kitchen, ex-River Cafe London), carne (meats) by Russell of Dunoon Garage and dolce (sweets) by Faith Newham.

Mandy Nolan is Master of Ceremonies at the event with music by the incomparable Harry Freeman. There will be complimentary wine with food and an art auction. All profits will be donated to Grow.

Tickets are available from the Grow website: www.grow.org.au or ring 02 6689 5839 or 0411 518 096.

Wild-grown lemons that will find their way into a lemoncello bottle. Photo Tree Faerie.
Wild-grown lemons that will find their way into a limoncello bottle.

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  1. Eve Jeffery. That is a great photo. It needs to be entered in a photo competition.
    Title “Keep it under your hat”


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