Digital technology has transformed my business making customised dog coats. When I was nineteen, fresh out of school and working part time in the equine industry, my family supported me to buy my first business, Fair Dinkum Dog Coats. The business comprised an industrial sewing machine, patterns, and two rolls […]
The year 1983 was memorable for three reasons. The first was the big dust storm that plunged Victoria into darkness. I remember looking out my office window and seeing it approach across the paddocks, a consequence of the ongoing drought, and an ominous precursor to my second memory, the tragic […]
Milawa resident Tammy Atkins, and Beechworth’s Sue Gold, work with clients across Australia, using Skype, email and phone to communicate where face-to-face meetings aren’t possible. Their business, It’s On Purpose, supports the launch, viability, sustainability, and growth of social enterprises anywhere, but it’s through teleconferencing and making the most of […]
I have been a farmer for 41 years, from the time my Melbourne-based family moved to regional Victoria, following a career move for one of my parents. After a year of living in a regional town, my parents purchased a small property at the end of the Hume Weir, near […]
What do matching retired farmers with tree changers, an app to improve farm safety, and sharing learnings from founding a food cooperative have in common? The women behind these diverse projects have been selected as the 2018 Victorian AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award finalists.
Projects by Cara Hadzig, Jade Miles and Melissa […]
When Michelle Badenhorst and her husband Pieter were looking for a piece of land in western Victoria, the property they settled on just happened to have two and a half acres of Pinot Noir conveniently growing on it. The tiny town of MacArthur, halfway between Hamilton and Port Fairy, is […]
When Janae and Chris married in 2014, locally grown, chemical-free flowers were hard to find. An extensive search eventually led them to Grown and Gathered (Instagram @grownandgathered), where they traded home-reared black-faced Suffolk lamb for buckets of gorgeous blooms.
Their search also sparked a dream, they fell in love with the […]
I am a fifth generation Australian. My ancestors came to Australia by ship, landing in Melbourne and Geelong and then quickly setting out for inland Victoria to chase the gold trail or work on pastoral stations. I am the last of a huge family network that is still farming in […]
Some of the country businesses I’ve worked with could still be living in the 1990s – before the advent of mobile phones and the internet. Selling products online can be daunting when you’re just starting out, but creating a simple landing page and an online shop takes a few basic […]