The Beginnings

Jaci & Janene both have a passion for good quality food and how it is grown. They also have a drive to minimise plastic packaging in food they products. These pivotally ideas drove their work during the formation of ‘Sprouting Change Food Co-operative Ltd’ a community driven bulk whole-foods co-operative. It was realised, during their work with the co-op, that most people just wanted good quality sustainable food that was easy to prepare in their own homes. Jaci & Janene were adamant they wanted to create a company that supported these ideals. Hence ‘The Gathered Bowl’ was born.

The Gathered Bowl aims to support people with their good food choices and their desire to support the planet. The idea is that we gather the ingredients necessary to make nutritious, great quality food, easily at home while minimising the environmental impact from our products.

It is important that they know what goes in to producing the food they sell & where is comes from. They support Australian, organic, biodynamic & sustainably produced foods. All their packaging can be home composted or placed in your greens bin.

Meet Janene & Jaci

Janene Thompson

Food has always played an integral role in bringing my family together with some of my earliest memories including gnocchi making with my mum, sister, & grandmother. I have now shared these traditional family recipes and skills with my children along with a love of food and cooking.

Science is another major area of interest for me. I have a background in Biochemistry & a passion for nutrition. My husband & I have been involved in agricultural businesses for the past 20 years and we try to grow as much of our own food as we can!! ‘The best place for our excess produce is on our family, friends, & neighbours’ plates’ has become one of my favourite sayings.

Jaci & I have spent many hours in the kitchen testing our products to ensure they are delicious, nutritious, quick, easy, & work every time. I hope you love them as much as we do.

Have a great day, Janene 

Jaci Low

My food journey started when I was a kid. Dad would cook up a delicious feast every Sunday night, a Chinese meal that friends & family would rave about. My Dad instilled a passion for cooking, sharing & eating fresh, nutritious food. A trip to the Central Markets every Saturday morning was a family affair & one that still happens today.

I have always loved being in nature & keeping fit. So when my friends introduced me to a mountain bike there is no wonder I fell in love with it. A few years later I was representing Australia on the world stage with my (now) husband. The desire to be at the top of our game meant that I was even more driven to research & explore health & nutrition. 

Design is my other love. I have worked as a graphic designer for the past 18 years. In my earlier career I worked on some exciting design projects at Taronga Zoo & also with This is Ikon (a design studio in Surry Hills Sydney). I then branched out running my own successful design business, that has a strong environmental & arts focus.

As a mother of two young girls I am passing down my love for food, arts & the out doors!

Thanks for visiting The Gathered Bowl. I am really looking forward to our food journey together, Jaci