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Visible Farmer (ATOM Study Guide)

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It's time to put a spotlight on the long hidden face of agriculture.

Meet the incredible women who produce half of all we eat.

Women farmers rarely get, or take, the credit they deserve. It wasn't until 1994 that Australia even recognised women's legal status as farmers, instead of domestics, helpmates or farmers' wives. Yet, if you Google 'Australian farmer' today, 90 per cent of all images still show the old stereotype of white middle-aged men.

At a time when agriculture is facing a triple whammy – a serious shortfall of skilled workers, increasing pressure to produce more food for a growing population and ever more challenging climate conditions – half of its potential leaders are largely overlooked.

The Visible Farmer film project has set out to discover the untold stories of the gutsy women behind our food and fibre, and the vital, innovative role they play.

For the first time it gives our female farmers a contemporary, authentic voice to inspire more women to step forward and help shape the future of Australia's food production.

From remote outback stations to urban market gardens, it's a journey that will change your perception of who a farmer is.

Each episode of this fifteen-part web series is an inspiring story with passion and substance, as diverse as the industry the women are working in and the challenges they face.

Curriculum Links:

This study guide on Visible Farmer is mainly aimed at junior to senior secondary school levels, with relevance within the class activities to the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priorities of Sustainability, and one episode (Episode 7) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

It may also be linked to the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities of:

  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Understanding

Visible Farmer can be linked to the following subject areas within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences: Economics and Business; Geography
  • Science: Sustainability; Environment
  • Technologies: Design and Technologies

Visible Farmer is also recommended as a supplementary text for studying the following senior school subjects:

  • Ethics
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Geography

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