Event postponed and rescheduled to 18-20 September. For more information see Women on Farms Facebook page.
Women from across regional Victoria will gather at Inglewood on the last weekend of March for the 31st annual Women on Farms Gathering (WOFG).
This year’s gathering puts an emphasis on ensuring women have opportunities to relax and connect with each other, including those who have been directly affected by bushfires.
Last year’s organiser Lyn Link, who hosted the 2019 gathering in Warragul days after fires had impacted her farm, says the weekends are very important for farm women, wherever they come from. “They provide a gathering place for women of like-minded interests to talk to each other. They’re our tribe; we understand each other,” explains Lyn.
She says her 30-year involvement in the Women on Farms group has created wonderful connections and friendships and, after the 2019 fires, it was WOFG members who supported her.
The Inglewood gathering is from 27-29 March and with some attendees driving long distances to attend, it will begin with massages on Friday afternoon and a pop-up craft and local produce market.
Saturday morning has workshops covering health and wellbeing, personal development, farm diversity, culture and craft, environment and gardening. The workshops are followed by local tours in the afternoon and a fashion show and dance, themed ‘Boots N Babes’, on Saturday night at the historic East Loddon Merino Stud.
Sunday is another great mix and the weekend ends with a handover to the 2021 Port Fairy team and a packed lunch for attendees heading home.
WOFG 2020 organiser Colleen Condliffe says women from fire and drought-affected regions are particularly welcome and the Inglewood team is working to ensure they can attend at no cost.
Pictured: Women on Farms Gathering’s new logo for the 2020 event in Inglewood