THE third annual Rural Women Uncovered seminar took place at the picturesque Ramada Resort on Phillip Island last Thursday, September 8.
Farming women from across Victoria, hailing from all agricultural sectors, gathered for a two-day event to celebrate and support women.
The Rural Women Uncovered forum focused on exposing the potential of women in agriculture, and presented plenty of opportunities for guests to learn, network, share ideas and meet new people from the farming community.
Event coordinator and manager of the VFF Horticultural Group, Lis Blandamer, said the event was about providing information to women, as well as support and fun.
“This seminar is about giving rural women an opportunity to get away from the farm, to meet new people and to socialise,” Lis said.
“We’re focusing this seminar on health, on men’s mental health, finance tips, as well as some pampering and fun too!”
Approximately 67 women were in attendance at the event, with farmers from dairy, beef, sheep and even horticultural farms.
Among the guest speakers appearing at the seminar were Zoe Lamont, founder of 10Thousand Girl (a social enterprise offering money makeover programs), Carol Corbey from Morgans Stockbrokers, and Alicia Cain, co-founder of Dad’s Oats.
Health was also a strong focus of the seminar, with the Cancer Council giving personal consultations and screening before the event.
McGrath Foundation CEO Tracey Bevan also gave an address on the importance of breast health.
A Thursday night networking dinner featured Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford as the special guest.