Here at RCS, we frequently see that it is the women in the family, or business, who drive the shift to regenerative agriculture. In recognition of this, we offered two scholarships to attend our premier seven-day course, Farming and Grazing for Profit, valued at $5,500 at Bendigo and Yeppoon.
Entrants explained, “Why women are essential to driving Agricultural change”.
There was a strong field of applicants, with almost 40 entrants. Below are the winning entries.
The simple answer is, we always have been. Since the beginning of agriculture women have been the stewards of land, growers of food, breeders of seeds, and the well-spring of community. Throughout time, however, many have become distant from our crucial role and now, with the greatest challenges of our time ahead, we need to return to our rightful place in agriculture. Women are natural nurturers of land and carers of co-workers and customers. We have an innate ability to make reasoned decisions and approach problems holistically and responsibly. We harness the power of togetherness and community – we are not a one-woman show. As women progress and drive positive agricultural change, we need more platforms of empowerment and collaborations to make our impact felt. It’s time for us to take the reins, step up to the podium and lead agricultural innovation and practice.
Women care. We care about the longevity of an industry critical to the vibrancy of Australian communities. We care about the soil that grows our children’s food and fosters their growth. We care about the history of our country in the plants, pastures, and trees we promote. We care about the aura of contentedness that encompasses regeneratively produced livestock. Our empathy, observational powers, multitasking capability, and ability to discern multifaceted components of our landscape and livelihood make us powerful proponents. We might often not be at the forefront of decisions made in the business, but we are the undercurrent that pulls and influences our family. We are the river through which beliefs, farming philosophies, and paradigms are conveyed from neighbour to neighbour; the gardener who in her children plants the seed of hope, possibility, and abundance. Women are invaluable to agricultural change, even more so in a team.
Women are essential to driving agricultural change for they are brave in their willingness to walk softly on the land, nurture it, and take innovative action to achieve better industry and environmental outcomes. It takes courage to break family tradition or to step outside the boundaries of entrenched industrial agricultural thinking and practices. Whether we be daughters, sisters, mothers, nieces; it’s our courage to say ‘I think there’s a better way’, our tenacity in adversity, our innate propensity to nurture, our desire to communicate, and our patience in working for the greater good, that is essential in achieving collaboration, innovation, and regeneration in agriculture. The unique skill set of women is imperative in achieving the delicate balance in caring for agricultural families, the land, livestock, and our customers while educating the world on how agriculture is leading the way toward a healthier global environment. A gentle voice can be most powerful.
What the scholarship means to Keren
I’ve always believed that the best way to learn something is to go directly to immerse yourself in it; ask questions, experience the day-to-day, find mentors and learn from the best. So over the past few years, as I became increasingly passionate about regenerative land management and grazing techniques, I knew I wanted to participate in an RCS course. With this incredible opportunity I’ve been given to attend the Farming and Grazing for Profit school in Bendigo, I know I’ll have the best tools and insights available to feel confident stepping forward in my journey to becoming a livestock farmer. Thank you for the opportunity.
Keren is a young farmer from the Mornington Peninsula. She has spent the last decade as a Market Gardener, farming in Israel, the US, and Australia. After co-founding a Market Garden in 2017, and successfully managing it for four years, Keren has decided to pursue her longtime interest in livestock and land management. In the coming year, Keren plans to establish a new farming enterprise in which livestock and horticulture will be her primary focus.
What the scholarship means to Millie
I feel honoured to have been extended The Regrow Scholarship to attend the RCS Farming and Grazing for Profit school. As a keen follower of the RCS philosophy, I have been interested in partaking in the course for several years however university commitments (and budgets!) were a barrier. This scholarship makes it much more accessible for me to attend and I look forward to chatting to course participants and leaders about grazing principles, particularly for arid landscapes.
I can’t wait to share my learnings, thanks RCS!
Growing up in rural NSW with a father who cherished memories and learnings from Scouts, my childhood was filled with adventure, relaxed observation and appreciation for the natural environment. Following high school, I took on science at James Cook University. With the big names in Australian regenerative agriculture blossoming over the last five years my interest in land management deepened. Fast forward to 2022 and I am a fresh masters graduate from the University of Queensland excited to begin my career in the agricultural sector. I am fascinated by the interaction of microbiology, pasture diversity and livestock management and the delivery of practical science to those willing to listen. Long term, I’d love to run a few cattle and sheep using regenerative principles tailored to arid landscapes.
Alexandra de Blas
RCS Communications Specialist