Inspiring addresses from two of horticulture’s trailblazing women, Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) Chair Dr Michele Allan and innovative potato grower Susie Daly, have helped celebrate the integral role that women play in the industry at the Women in Horticulture: A Taste of Success event held today during the 2015 National Horticulture Convention, incorporating AUSVEG and APAL.

The Women in Horticulture event was proudly sponsored by Steritech, the leading contract sterilisation and decontamination processor in the Asia-Pacific region.

Presentations from Dr Allan and Ms Daly gave members of the vegetable, potato, apple and pear industries a snapshot of the vital contributions that women make in the field.

“Dr Allan, using her experiences over many years in different fields, presented an outlook on the important contribution women make to the industry and shared her experiences as a high achieving woman in the many roles that she has excelled in,” said AUSVEG Manager – Events and Marketing Lauren Winterbottom.

“Susie Daly also gave a stirring presentation, reminding attendees to think outside the box, while outlining some of her innovative ideas including using 2nd and 3rd grade potatoes to develop vodka.”

“To have two leading figures from Australian horticulture addressing delegates at this event has been a true highlight for many participants at the National Horticulture Convention.”

AUSVEG is the leading horticulture body representing more than 9,000 Australian vegetable and potato growers. APAL is the industry body representing Australia’s more than 600 commercial apple and pear growers.

The event was held at the Cedar Creek Winery at the base of the picturesque Mount Tamborine, and offered members of Australia’s horticultural industries the opportunity to celebrate the many ways women can succeed in horticulture and think about ways to encourage more women to be involved.

“Both speakers provided valuable industry insights to attendees, and shared their vast experience regarding the often understated role that women play in the traditionally male-dominated sector,” said Ms Winterbottom.

“The annual Women in Horticulture event is regarded by many as an unforgettable experience, and the high calibre of the two speakers in 2015, and the passion of all attendees, ensured this year’s event lived up to its reputation.”

For more information on the Women in Horticulture: A Taste of Success event, or any other event held during the 2015 National Horticulture Convention, please contact the AUSVEG media contact below.


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew MacDonald, AUSVEG Manager – Communications

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