Read, gather and blog about farming

From the December 2012 edition of Agriculture Today: Beyond the kitchen table – A Column by Sonia Muir, Rural Women’s Network

Diana ParsonsThanks to all the women from the Parkes Shire who embraced the Year of the Farmer along with this Year of Reading, in organising the 2012 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering.

It was a fantastic weekend program of speakers, workshops, entertainment and tours.

Use of the web was topical.

One guest speaker, Danica Leys, the current NSW/ACT Rural Women’s Award winner spoke about how she established AgChatOz and the importance of Twitter as a way of using social media to connect with others interested in rural and farming issues.

Each Tuesday evening around eight o’clock, Danica joins in a virtual conversation from her home with people in their homes across Australia and beyond – search AgChatOz to join in.

Other speakers at the gathering included pioneer flower grower Lana Mitchell, Corinne Annetts, a goat farmer making soaps and cheese and Fran Rowe who began the rural financial counselling service as a volunteer in the 1980s.

All are high achieving women with rural roots who inspired the gathering crowd of over 380 women (and a few brave men).

Next year the women from the Upper Hunter in and around Scone will be hosting the Women’s Gathering – so mark your diaries for October 25-27.

At the recent Australian National Field Days, One Farm Day – a blogging project – held a drop-in writers centre for anyone wanting to share their story.

One Farm Day was developed in partnership with Central West Libraries to collect stories and encourage people to read about farming life in and around the region.

Sophie Hansen is a venison farmer, writer and mother of two young children who has travelled over many dusty roads to find men and women working in all kinds of farming enterprises.

You can read her delightful snapshots which include a Cudal bloke who got lured into the secret life of beekeeping by a neighbour, a chef/farmer from Cowra who is using regional produce to enhance her award winning restaurant offerings and an egg farmer from Dunedoo, to name a few.

The NSW writer in residence program has finished but the stories have been posted online, so pay a visit to the blog and leave a comment.

About nswrwn

NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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