Woman in an orchard

The Invisible Farmer Project

Invisible Farmer is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land.

Invisible Farmer is a creative partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. Together we will:

  • Create new histories of rural Australia
  • Reveal the hidden stories of women on the land
  • Learn about the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in agriculture
  • Stimulate public discussions about contemporary issues facing rural Australia and its future
  • Develop significant public collections that will enable far reaching outcomes in research, industry and public policy

This three year project is funded by the Australian Research Council and will begin in March 2017.

Did you know?

Women contribute 49% of the total value of the output of farming communities

Source: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, ‘Revisiting Missed Opportunities, 2009’

Partners and Supporters

Key Partners

‘Invisible Farmer: Securing Australian Farm Women’s History’ is funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage program (LP160100555) in partnership with:

ABC Rural logo Monash University logoMuseum Victoria logoNational Foundation of Australian Women logoNational Library of Australia logoNational Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame logo  University of Melbourne logo   Ecomomic Development Jobs Transport and Resources logo

Supporting organisations include:

Main image: Rien Silverstein amongst the apple trees on trellis closely planted for high production per hectare. Over the past 15 years, Rien has been active on various agricultural industry boards. Photo courtesy Tagen Baker.