Victorian Rural Women's Network

Welcome to the ‘wellbeing issue’

The past few months have been exciting and productive for the Victorian Rural Women’s Network.
In November, we invited women to apply for funded places on our $500,000 Leadership and Mentoring Program. We have partnered with four established course providers to deliver programs to women with emerging to senior leadership capabilities. […]

Healthy approach to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Entrepreneur Susie McLachlan in the kitchen

Above: Susie McLachlan, Founder of Mindful Nutrients, is researching the benefits of Indigenous superfoods to address challenges from attention and mind disorders
Indigenous superfoods sparked the idea for a start-up making health products for attention and mind disorders.
Susie McLachlan hopes to unearth the benefits of foods favoured by Indigenous Australians to […]

Update: Leadership and Mentoring Program

Woman in red checked top standing in field with iPad

Above: generic image, Natasha Shields, Peninsula Fresh Organics
Congratulations to the 10 talented women in agriculture who have recently secured funded places in the 2019 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program.
The Leadership and Mentoring Program offers rural Victorian women, who are involved in agriculture or the agriculture supply chain, the […]

Think pink!

Beetroot muesli maker Marita Valenzuela sits in front of pink buckets containing her Pink Muesli

Above: Beetroot muesli maker Marita Valenzuela
Marita Valenzuela’s wellbeing was the inspiration for a unique vegetable muesli that is winning awards and winning over tastebuds across the country.
Pink Muesli is a premium product with a beetroot base, an ingredient that has been scientifically recognised for its heart health benefits. […]

Focus: Australian Women in Emergencies Network

Three founding members of the Australian Women in Emergencies Network

Above (from L-R): Australian Women in Emergencies Network (AWE) Founders Kathy Cooney, Bridget Tehan (President AWE Network) and Amanda Lamont
In early 2018, a group of women who work and volunteer in the emergency sector gathered at an International Women’s Day breakfast. A question was posed: ‘Is there a place for […]

Cooking up a campaign

Cover of drought-relief cookbook, Farmer Recipes and Stories From The Land

Above: Cover of the new cookbook, ‘Farmer: Recipes and Stories from the Land’, which is raising funds for drought-affected farmers
Freelance writer and photographer Kathy Mexted from Hanging Rock describes how farmers in New South Wales and Victoria have joined forces to create a drought-relief cookbook.
“When Jody Vassallo had to start […]

5 ways horses teach leadership

Jess Liston conducting a leadership course where horses teach leadership. Group of people in indoor arena opposite horse

Above: Jess Liston (sitting, wearing pink hat) at one of her courses where horses help build leadership and confidence skills Image credit: Chloe Smith
Jess Liston grew up on a farm in country Victoria and was riding horses before she could walk. She now harnesses the wisdom of horses for […]

Small scale, big impact

Slow food and collaborative farming advocate Deb Bogenhuber

Deb Bogenhuber is motivated by a deep connection to country and an interest in changing local food economies. As an ecologist and slow food proponent, Deb is fascinated by systems and the interaction of natural elements including land, water and soil.
Through her work as Executive Officer of Mildura-based Food Next […]

Stepping up for wellness

Active Farmers fitness group in outdoor kickboxing session

Above: The first Victorian Active Farmers group reaching for optimum health for mind and body
Victorian rural communities are set to benefit from a holistic health and fitness initiative focused on the physical and mental health of farmers and people living remotely.
Active Farmers, a not-for-profit organisation and health promotion charity, was […]

What’s On?

Young girl holding duckling

Want to get involved in rural and regional events that inspire and benefit country women? Check out our events listing, ShE update.
The list of events is emailed to Victorian Rural Women’s Network subscribers between seasonal newsletters to promote upcoming events, activities or workshops that connect and improve the lives of […]