WOMEN in agriculture will share their skills and friendship at a weekend in Port Fairy.
The Women on Farms Gathering will be held from Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28 and will offer a range of tours and speakers, including former independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
Chairwoman Lorraine Ermacora said the event had been running for 32 years and the longevity and success demonstrated the need for it.
This year there will be a cap on numbers due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"We have 200 places," Ms Ermacora said.
"I think the success of it points out the need for it.
"Mostly it's a gathering for ideas and to showcase the spirit, skills and friendship of women who produce so much of the food and fibre of this country.
"Because often they're not given much credit and they do so much."
Ms Ermacora said the weekend also provided the opportunity for women on farms to upskill, with workshops covering the law, computers and bookkeeping, marketing small businesses, banking, technology and drones.
She said women of all ages and stages of farming were invited and there was assistance available for those with young children.
Along with Ms McGowan, another keynote speaker will be Janet Moxley from Moxley Farm in New South Wales which was established 100 years ago with 20 cows.
It is now a huge international dairy business.
Ms Moxley said was a dedication to her late husband Paul for having a dream that became a reality and her family who supported it.
The Women on Farms Gathering will also include a tour of Narrawong and Portland with a visit to the Narrawong Lavender Farm and a tour of Australia's largest rose growers, Treloar Roses at Bolwarra.
There will also be a tour of Nature's Way Eco Sanctuary at Rosebrook and a trip to Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve.
Participants can also attend an Irish Culture Tour with a visit to St Brigid's Church Crossley, The Local Place in Koroit and Mickey Bourke's Hotel.
The weekend will also include a tour to Weeran Angus at Byaduk which is a specialist seedstock operation, producing Angus genetics for the beef industry, prime lambs and crops for their family farming operation.
Participants can also attend a tour of Noodledoof Brewing Co at Koroit and see how it makes its boutique range of beers. Historic walks in Port Fairy will also be part of the schedule.
For more information visit or to book visit www.wofgportfairy.com.au
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