If numbers are anything to go by, the 2018 Women on Farms Gathering — Our Pearls of the Peninsula — at Rosebud was a great success. Now in its 29th year, the gathering attracted more than 200 farming women from across the state, with highest representation from Gippsland.
The weekend showcased a wide variety of talents and offerings. It was also a great opportunity for younger farmers to glean valuable advice and information from older peers. Speakers came from the National Centre for Farmer Health, Bunurong Land Council and the Invisible Farmer Project — the largest study of Australian women on the land.
Keen photographer and agronomics student Aimee Snowden highlighted the enormous contribution young people bring to rural communities. Her blog Little Brick Pastoral following the adventures of a Lego® farmer, has attracted more than 11,000 followers on social media and is educating a generation of youngsters about farming and agricultural careers.
Audiences were inspired by a panel of women who set up farm gate businesses selling under the Mornington Peninsula Produce banner — a trademark that offers the guarantee of locally grown food. The weekend included workshops and tours showcasing the region’s wealth of appealing produce. Attendees of all ages also enjoyed a gala dinner on the SeaRoad Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry with entertainment from country music star Fanny Lumsden.
Victorian Rural Women’s Network, as part of Agriculture Victoria, was a major event sponsor.