The Australian has written up NSW’s Kurrajong Hills, in the Hawkesbury valley northwest of Sydney, as an ‘eat-local’ movement is helping once struggling farmers. The traditional way of life, the ‘Local Living Economy’ – as BALLE founder Judy Wicks would say – was dying. Suffering for a long time from the rising costs of farming and intense competition from supermarkets, farmers now have people travelling to them to pay well for freshly picked fruit and veg. Now that consumers are aware of food miles and the 100-mile diet, the area has become a booming slow-food, eat-local region. Slow Food In the 1980s the Slow Food movement began in Italy as a reaction to a growing Fast Food culture.