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Women on Farms gathering

By Geoff Adams

The annual Women On Farms Gathering will return to Inglewood in Victoria after 10 years on March 27 to 29.

In the wake of the devastating bushfires that ravaged farming communities across Victoria over summer, this year’s theme “Revitalised” is particularly pertinent.

“The 2020 Gathering is coming at an important time,” WOFG Inglewood president Colleen Condlife said.

“Some of the women attending have been affected by the fires, and the weekend will connect them to others in the same situation.”

Now in its 31st year, WOFG was created to bring Victoria’s farming women together while promoting their essential role in Australia’s agricultural sector and rural communities more broadly.

Over time the purpose of WOFG has been shaped to address the changing needs of farming women. It now has a particular focus on education and training, recognising the value of networking as a means to share experiences and knowledge, and overcoming isolation.

The 2020 WOFG will be held over three days and will include several keynote speakers and workshop hosts across the pillars of Health and Wellbeing, Farm Diversity, Culture and Craft, and Environment and Gardening and Personal Wellbeing.

Keynote speakers will focus on the revitalisation theme, and include: Nothing New: A History of Second-hand author Robyn Annear; LEAD Loddon Murray executive officer Leah Sertori; community relations consultant, journalist and writer Genevieve Barlow; Make A Change Australia executive director Karen Corr; and Pyramid Hill Filipino community representative Marilyn Fernandez.

A Saturday evening gala dinner and regional tours are included within the registration, which explore all the Loddon Valley has to offer, including its historic towns, agricultural enterprises, artistic and cultural experiences, and natural landscape.

Tickets to WOFG cost $240. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.wofg2020.org.au

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The 2020 WOFG will be held over three days and will include several keynote speakers and workshop hosts across the pillars of Health and Wellbeing, Farm Diversity, Culture and Craft, and Environment and Gardening and Personal Wellbeing.

Keynote speakers will focus on the revitalisation theme, and include: Nothing New: A History of Second-hand author Robyn Annear; LEAD Loddon Murray executive officer Leah Sertori; community relations consultant, journalist and writer Genevieve Barlow; Make A Change Australia executive director Karen Corr; and Pyramid Hill Filipino community representative Marilyn Fernandez.

A Saturday evening gala dinner and regional tours are included within the registration, which explore all the Loddon Valley has to offer, including its historic towns, agricultural enterprises, artistic and cultural experiences, and natural landscape.

Tickets to WOFG cost $240. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.wofg2020.org.au