The Films

Season 1 - Western Australia

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  • Episode 1 - BREAKING FREE

    Visible Farmer Ep 1 Debbioe Dowden

    Debbie Dowden, cattle producer, WA’s Mid-West

    After 21 years of teaching her children via School of the Air, Debbie finally grabbed her chance to be a hands-on-farmer – and never let go again. She grew up in the city and always dreamt of being a farmer. She got her pilot’s licence and met the man-and-farmer of her dreams. They married and moved to his remote 5th generation pastoral property. But it was a hard landing. Back then, women were expected to look after the homestead and children. Today that view is finally changing.

  • Episode 2 - TIL THE COWS COME HOME

    Visible Farmer Ep 2 Nicole May

    Nicole May, dairy farmer, Margaret River WA

    Back home in Switzerland it was spending time on her godmother’s dairy farm that set Nicole’s heart on becoming a dairy farmer. She decided to join a rural exchange program and work on a farm in Australia. It took her straight to Margaret River. Here she met a dairy farmer and married him. She has never looked back. Fast forward 25 years and Nicole still loves improving everything the family does - from milking to breeding and artificial insemination to operating heavy machinery. It’s that variety that keeps her excited about getting up every day before sunrise.

  • Episode 3 - DIVERSIFY OR DIE

    Visible Farmer Ep 3 Chris Higham

    Chris Higham, sheep & goat farmer, Gascoyne WA

    Reinventing the family sheep station was an unexpected venture - but Chris loves a challenge. Thousands of feral goats were competing for limited feed on the property. The goats are drought resistant and prolific breeders. The challenge was to find a market for them. Chris discovered that consumers are hungry for new culinary experiences, and she cooked up the perfect recipe to turn their sheep business into a gourmet goat success.

  • Episode 4 - THE ACCIDENTAL FARMER

    Visible Farmer Ep 4 Ketut Bassett

    Ketut Bassett, organic farmer, Carnarvon WA

    Ketut stepped from a supporting role into the spotlight to manage a tropical fruit plantation on her own, almost overnight. What started out as a big life style change, to spend more family time with their young children, became a one-women-show when her husband decided to go back to his FIFO career. It was a steep and empowering learning curve. Ketut has grown into a passionate farmer, successfully applying her nurturing skills to kids and plants alike.

  • Episode 5 - FINGER ON THE PULSE

    Visible Farmer Ep 5 Nicole Batten

    Nicole Batten, grain & livestock farmer, Mid-West WA

    Farming is high-tech and Nicole’s family farm relies as much on data and connectivity as any business in the city. She is in the farming business. Managing their own grain marketing means Nicole must stay on top of fluctuating daily commodity markets and make instant decisions. If it’s not the market, it’s the weather, the overseas buyers or her own remote community she needs to stay connected with. For Nicole, farming is a challenge and a thrill – find that next opportunity and run with it.

  • Episode 6 - AGAINST THE TIDE

    Visible Farmer Ep 5 Nicole Batten

    Joanne Symonds, fruit grower, Carnarvon WA

    Joanne knows what it takes to make a living off ‘the red dirt’ she has in her blood. She’s a 4th generation pastoralist come plantation grower who learned the ropes on her parents’ remote property. She also saw her aunt running her own station at a time when women couldn’t get a bank loan. For decades Joanne ran her own station and wouldn’t take no for an answer. And the blokes? Well, they could work with her or ‘stick their comments elsewhere.’

  • Episode 7 - LET'S WOMAN UP

    Visible Farmer Ep 5 Nicole Batten

    Darrylin Gordon, pastoralist, Kimberley WA

    Darrylin is a Jaru woman. She comes from a line of strong and proud Aboriginal women. Her family has been working with cattle all of her life. She remembers being with her grandfather in cattle yards from an early age and she knew that this was what she wanted to do. Today Darrylin is the only woman working on Lamboo Station, owned and run by the Ngunjiwirri Aboriginal Corporation. Her vision to offer training camps to empower local Aboriginal people, earned her the title of WA’s Rural Woman of the Year in 2018.

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