The 31st annual Women on Farms Gathering has been postponed until September following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Women from across regional Victoria were due to attend Inglewood on the last weekend of March for the popular event which usually attracts hundreds of rural women from across the state.
This year’s Women on Farms Gathering organiser Colleen Condliffe said the decision had been made following recent government moves to protect communities through self-distancing and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all involved.
“We have postponed Women on Farms Gathering 2020 which is now scheduled to be held from 18-20 September 2020,” says Colleen. “We took on board the current situation. The program in September will be the same as before and we will all celebrate women on farms together, so stay healthy and look after one another we will see you in September,” adds Colleen.
The gathering offers an opportunity for rural women to relax and connect with each other. This year, sponsorship from the Victorian Rural Women’s Network was being utilised to enable rural women from bushfire-affected areas to attend the gathering.
The Inglewood gathering brings together a pop-up craft and local produce market and workshops covering health and wellbeing, personal development, farm diversity, culture and craft, environment and gardening. There will be local tours and a fashion show and dance, themed ‘Boots N Babes’ at the historic East Loddon Merino Stud. The weekend ends with a handover to the 2021 Port Fairy team and a packed lunch for attendees heading home.
If you were planning to attend any events in coming months, please check with individual organisers about cancellations or postponements.
Keep up to date with the latest information about Women on Farms Gathering 2020 here.
Pictured above: Women on Farms Gathering’s new logo for the 2020 event in Inglewood