Women learn more farm practices

On show: A grass-roots agronomy group, with leader Karen Neal, discuss the cereal crop in her focus paddock.
On show: A grass-roots agronomy group, with leader Karen Neal, discuss the cereal crop in her focus paddock.

Pinnaroo, Coomandook and Eudunda were the recent sites of an agronomy course which is giving women a better understanding of natural resources management, agronomy and sustainable farming practices.

Four workshops in each course gave 12 women, who came from farming businesses, the chance to have a good discussion on each topic.

The Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) together with HF-Ag’s agronomist Lou Flohr recently held the successful series, Grass-Roots Women’s Agronomy Courses.

SAMDB regional landcare facilitator Fiona Gray said the workshops echoed what was happening in the paddock at the same time.

“The women selected a focus paddock to follow and monitor throughout the growing season,” Ms Gray said.

“By timing workshops with the growing season, the women were better engaged and informed in the daily activities at a grass-roots level and had a better understanding of what was required to get a crop from seeding to harvest.

“In addition, the workshops helped to develop a network of women connected to farming operations.”

Course participant Ali Woidt, of Sherlock, said the course helped her better understand what was going on around the farm.

“I am confident to participate in decision making armed with much more knowledge,” Ms Woidt said.

“We all had a lot of questions, many of them prefaced by ’this is probably a stupid question’ but Lou made us feel at ease to ask them and then continued to explain until we really did understand. The workshop on grain marketing and receival standards was very helpful as we approached harvest.”

Another course participant, Cassie Oster from Jabuk, said she had taken a bigger interest in the farm and now had a much better understanding of what the farmers were specifically going through.

“The workshops have broadened my outlook and enabled me to be a sounding board for ideas and to offer potential ways of trying new ideas,” Ms Oster said.

“It has also taught me where to research information.”

For more information on the courses contact Fiona Gray on 0439 062 084.