On Tuesday 25th July 2017, nine women from the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA’s Women in Sustainable Agriculture (WiSA) group met with Farming Together consultant Kerry Anderson to discuss business and marketing plans for their agriculture businesses and to develop a plan for WiSA.

The group were successful in receiving the expert advice thanks to the support of the PPWCMA’s Sustainable Land Management Coordinator, Sarah Halligan. The Farming Together program, delivered by Southern Cross University, is a two-year, $13.8 million initiative from the Australian Government designed to help agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets and secure lower input costs.

Sarah said being able to work together was the key to WiSA’s success.

“Members of the group recognise a clear need to develop better support networks. Working collaboratively with other like-minded primary producers helps to ensure that their products are marketed to the best advantage.”

Farming Together project director Lorraine Gordon said that their program can support agriculture from the ground upwards and WiSA’s involvement was good example of it’s direct impact.

“The program is farmer-driven and has attracted unprecedented levels of engagement. In barely 10 months we have had interaction with 16,000 farmers, fishers and foresters across the country and across many commodity groups.”

For those interested in being involved in WiSA, join the WiSA Facebook group and follow the group on Instagram.

For more information on the Farming Together program go to www.farmingtogether.com.au

WiSA is part of the Sustainable Agriculture project. The project is supported by the PPWCMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. For more information contact Sarah Halligan on 03 8781 7900.


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