Autumn Organic Insights Magazine 2021

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SUPPORTING SMALLSCALE FARMERS

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SISTERSOIL -WOMENIN REGENERATION

MES SAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Welcome to Autumn! I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from the community as we move out of another challenging summer season, with the risk of bushfire hanging heavily over the entire Nation.

As we all know, Western Australia and other areas in our States have

the days when we were not allowed to claim the status of farmer at all in Australia (only in 1994 were we enlightened!). The four outstanding women interviewed reveal what it takes to challenge the status quo and make the transition to greater sustainability, with each having come to their passion and goals in different ways. In highlighting these journeys, we celebrate the many women who are now working to provide resources to the farming community in Regenerative Agriculture. No individual, or organisation, has been untouched by the ever-present COVID disruptions, which have permanently changed the way businesses and the community operate. To then be asked to consider and engage in the broader machinations of industry coordination and development feels unreasonable. This is where NASAA Organic has an integral role in representing the issues and concerns of our organic and biodynamic industry. The importance of formal structures and processes through which we represent the interest of organic producers in our relations with government are varied - with input on issues ranging from standards development, domestic regulation,

again suffered from loss of homes and property, only 12 months on from the ‘Black Summer’ bushfires, the trauma of past seasons resonates strongly. For those who have been affected, know that we all stand strong with you. Many of you now head into a ‘new normal’ faced with different decisions and pathways to recovery. The challenges of managing properties coming out of fire, drought and floods, add to the many demands of the ‘normal’ day to day farming. Land management, property planning, labour issues, business and supply chain continuity are now interwoven issues that our farming community are having to consider. In our continuing series of celebrating “30 years plus” …our longstanding operators have had to face more than a few issues of their own over the years. We hope their stories are a breath of hope and encouragement to those just starting their road to recovery. We are also excited to bring you a special feature on Women in Regenerative Agriculture. Figures show that the number of women in farming is growing, a far cry from

Alex Mitchell / NASAA GM

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