Rural women celebration

WIRREGA Women in Agriculture and Business branch celebrated the talent and achievements of local ladies at a Tasty Tart night last Thursday.

The night was a celebration of International Rural Women's Day in the Tatiara, which is held annually around the world on October 15.

The day is an official United Nations event which celebrates and honours the role of rural women.

Branch secretary Adair Dunsford said Wirrega WAB organised the event to highlight the importance of rural women in enhancing agriculture and the community both locally and world-wide.

"When you live in a western country as a rural woman you do have recognition, but in many countries around the world women do a lot of the farm work and have a huge role in agriculture, which is unrecognised," she said.

"So that is the motivation for the International Rural Women's Day and the Wirrega WAB has celebrated it for around 12 years now.

"A night like this makes everyone feel special."

On the night over 50 ladies enjoyed an abundance of savoury and sweet tasty tartlets made by Keith's Double A Diner and listen to guest speaker, Keith farmer Sal Hood.

"We had Sal, a stunning, local, rural woman to talk about her career, agricultural pursuits and vision for her business speak to us," Adair said.

"She is very inspiring, very energetic and someone we are all really proud of.

"And we decided to have the tasty tart theme, because it was a bit of fun."

Sal and her husband Bill run Hood's Earth Produce and produce pastured free range eggs selling them through supermarkets in Adelaide, regional areas and local farmers markets.

By the end of November Hood's Earth Produce will have 5000 "chookens" producing around 2000 dozen eggs a week.

Sal delighted the crowd with her fun farming stories and inspired with her passion for chooks.

She said they have some very exciting developments on the horizon including welcoming their first farm employee and sponsoring school breakfast programs.

"Earth Eggs' mission is to produce real and tasty paddock eggs, while empowering our customers with honest information to make healthy choices about food and farming," she said.

"It was great to come along and speak about how Hood's Earth Produce evolved, what we wanted to do in the beginning and what we are doing now.

"The event is a great celebration of rural women, who I think are amazing, I think they don't quite know how resourceful and clever they actually are."