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Calling female farmers with a rural story to tell

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December 01, 2017

IF YOU are a Victorian woman living in a rural farming community and have a story to tell, the National Centre for Farmer Health wants to hear it – and hear it from you.

There’s no doubt living on the land can present some challenges.

NCFH wants you to share your experience and help others by taking this opportunity to participate in a ‘From Inside the Farm Gate’ digital storytelling workshop.

NCFH Deakin University research fellow Alison Kennedy said feedback from previous workshop participants included:

“It was a powerful, fantastic and at times quite full-on experience.”

“It reinforced that people can understand the underlying problems in people’s lives by watching and listening to their personal story.”

“Watching my video I am very proud of the outcome. Several people have watched it and have given so much positive feedback.”

“Participating in the digital storytelling workshop was a humbling experience as well as inspirational.’’

‘‘We worked closely with a small group of other farmers who shared their stories. What was initially a room of strangers three days later became a group of very special friends. This never could have occurred without the support from the workshop facilitators.”

Dr Kennedy said NCFH is looking for 24 enthusiastic rural Victorian women whose lives have been affected by tough times.

Challenges could include physical health, wellbeing difficulties for themself or someone they have cared for, financial hardship, bereavement, natural disasters or leaving the farm.

She said participants need to be comfortable using a computer, be willing to attend a three-day workshop and be passionate about telling their story.

The project aims to give a voice to rural women while building knowledge and understanding of the rural experience in the broader community.

“The good news is we can provide accommodation, most meals and a travel allowance to recognise the time off-farm or away from your community,” Dr Kennedy said.

“We want to make a short movie/video using sound, narrative, images and voiceover,” she said.

“Typically, digital stories run for two to four minutes and contain an emotional component that enables personal perspective to be communicated.”

The sessions will be held in Hamilton from January 30 to February 1 (workshop one) and February 6-8 (workshop two).

The $2500 places are free to participants.

To register your interest phone Dr Kennedy on 5551 8533 or email [email protected].

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