Testimonials & Feedback

 

I believe the Invisible Farmer Project will lead to a redefinition of the word ‘farmer’ in Australia. Women have always brought a unique perspective to life on the land and this marvellous initiative will honour their outstanding contribution to agriculture in this country.
— Michael Wouters, QLD (letter to editor, R.M. Williams Outback Magazine)

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It’s been a real honour to be interviewed by the Invisible Farmer Project. I hadn’t known what to expect, but the power of sharing stories can have so many unexpected outcomes, and can forge connections that you wouldn’t dream possible. Who would have thought that I’d be standing here at Melbourne Museum with a bottle of Gippsland Jersey Invisible Farmer milk, and sharing an exhibition space with other fabulous women that have been interviewed by the Invisible Farmer Project.
— Sallie Jones, dairy advocate & farmer, VIC (excerpt from a speech given by Sallie Jones at the Women of the Land exhibition, Melbourne Museum, 2017)

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Thank you for sharing Ann Collins’ story Invisible Farmer Project. We hope that in sharing more of the significant achievements and contributions made by women in agriculture historically and currently, peoples perception of ‘what a farmer is’ will be represented equally, by all of the farmers in Australia and the world.
— Australian Fodder Industry Association, 2018
I just wanted to say what a fantastic project the Invisible Farmer Project is. Women on the land are the silent ones who make a huge contribution to the success of farming in Australia. My sister Mira Galvin is one of these women and I am enclosing some information about her.
— Aileen Spangaro, VIC (handwritten letter to Museums Victoria, enclosing a story about Aileen's sister Mira Galvin)

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I am honoured to say that off the back of my Invisible Farmer story submission I have been invited as guest speaker at a local Melbourne Cup luncheon! Once again thanks for posting my story. The response has been overwhelming! Honoured to be a part of such a wonderful project.
— Lisa Shannon, stockwoman, Outback QLD (correspondence from Lisa after she submitted her story to the Invisible Farmer Project)

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To be able to collect these stories and to have them in our history books and in our libraries is fantastic. There’s a whole generation that is just quietly slipping away and their stories will be lost. Sure, their family will remember them, but now, hopefully, the community will too.
— Lifelong farmer Elaine Paton, VIC (quoted in a Weekly Times article, 'Farmer's Story Collected for Museum Victoria's Invisible Farmer Project')

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Being featured on The Invisible Farmer Project was actually something on my bucket list since I first heard of it last year and I’m so grateful that I was able to tick it off. I’m well and truly stoked and couldn’t be any prouder.
— 15 year-old dairy farmer Montanna Gilbert, TAS (after submitting her story to the Invisible Farmer Project blog)

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The Invisible Farmer Project is giving rural women the recognition they have long deserved; countless stories of hardship and resourcefulness are being collected and shared.
— Amanda Burdon in R.M. Williams Outback Magazine (feature article, 'Out of the Shadows', Dec/Jan 2018)

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Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou for publishing my story on your social media! The response has been out of this world and I’ve been on cloud nine. People came from nowhere to contact me and I feel so blessed.
— Simone McKenzie, flower farmer (VIC) (correspondence after having her story published by the Invisible Farmer Project)

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The recognition of the role of women in agriculture through the launch of the Invisible Farmer Project was a fantastic way to kick off the year. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories of more and more women and their involvement in agriculture as the project continues on.
— AgriEducate (upon listing the Invisible Farmer Project as one of 2017's Top Ten Achievements in Australian Agriculture)