Lisa Brassington, Land and Quality Manager at Peninsula Fresh Organics, received the prestigious Women in Horticulture award at the Women in Horticulture event – Hort Connections 2017 held in Adelaide on the 17th May 2017.

Hort Connections 2017, sponsored by AUSVEG Strategic Partner Steritech, recognises and celebrates the pivotal role that women play in the industry and highlight the ways that they can get involved and add value to their businesses and the important role that women play in the traditionally male-dominated sector.

Lisa is recognised as a ‘Victorian organic grower and social media extraordinaire’ and was recognised for her passion for promoting diverse role of women in the industry and her ongoing contribution to the organic sector. Lisa has played an integral role at Peninsula Fresh organics with strong support and guidance from owners Wayne and Tash Shields and is involved with the Western Port Catchment Landcare Network’s Organic Vegie/Fruit Growers Discussion Group.

Lisa was also a Victorian finalist for the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s award and she participated in the National Rural Women’s Coalition sustainable farming e-learning program. Most recently, she received a scholarship from AUSVEG to undertake a Masterclass in Horticultural Business, which is essentially a mini-MBA for horticulture industry members.

Lisa is also a proud member of the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA’s Women in Sustainable Agriculture (WiSA) group and attributes her confidence to initiate and promote sustainable agriculture to her involvement and support of the group.

She is also founding member of the organising committee for the Women on Farms Gathering 2018, which will be held on the Mornington Peninsula. This event recognises and promotes rural and regional women in their communities and encourages them to share their stories.

Well done Lisa!

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