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Grounded Farm Wife

Season 3

For someone who is a first-generation dairy farmer – my guest today has accomplished a lot in a short space of time. She’s a director on the GippsDairy Board, sits on the Victorian Young Farmers Advisory Council and has a high community involvement dedicated to finding pathways for young women in the industry. Perhaps surprising given a school career adviser told her, agriculture wasn’t for women. Jessica Knight, or the Grounded Farm Wife (as she’s known by her online following), joins me to discuss:

  • Jess says, ‘I didn’t grow up on a farm but got there when I could’ and, shares her favourite place on the dairy farm.

  • Growing up in town, Jess spent her weekends on her grandfather’s farm which sparked her desire to have a career in the industry.

  • A school guidance counsellor told Jess ‘girls don’t do ag’ and as a result she pursued different path initially.

  • Meeting and marrying a dairy farmer – finally she felt at home.

  • From a childhood memory to Jess’ experience on the farm as an adult.

  • Jess has become a fierce advocate for women in ag and has seen a lot of positive change over the recent years.

  • She really wants women to find a life on the land that suits them, and shares some of the less obvious pathways into agriculture.

  • Jess is a farmer’s wife and a farmer in her own right. She gives us a snap-shot into the hands-on role she takes on in the running of the farm.

  • The ‘Grounded Farm Wife’ blog offers so many handy tips for others balancing life on the land, family, community and a career.

  • What Jess loves most about life on the land.

  • The most common misconception about this life.

  • An unexpected revelation for Jess.

  • And finally, the ultimate dream for the future.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.







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