Rural women have the responsibility to pass on their knowledge of food to the next generation to ensure farming practices are more about wholesome food than making a profit.
Those are some of the key messages former Launceston author Rachael Treasure has penned in her latest book Down the Dirt Roads, that has been described by the author as “part memoir, part manifesto for change.”
Down the Dirt Roads is a collection of anecdotes, stories and experiences of Ms Treasure’s lifelong study of agriculture and the experience of growing up on a rural property in Tasmania.
The anecdotes are used to illustrate some global issues and messages that Ms Treasure has formed during her lifetime about modern agricultural practices and the role of corporate companies in the industry.
“I hope that it will inspire people to think a bit differently about the future of farming and food,” she said.
Ms Treasure said she wanted to focus the book on the idea of “regenerative farming” that is a practice that focuses on organic farming techniques and is designed around soil health.
She said her view on agricultural practices was one that had formed over many years through her experiences of growing up on a farm and being fully immersed in rural life.
However she has had many “aha” moments throughout the years. One of those moments was when she was introduced to Colin Seis who introduced her to the concept of regenerative farming.
“He woke me up to a new way of farming, that moved away from just making a profit and back towards a more family friendly way,” she said.
Ms Treasure said she believed it was important for rural women to be involved in the traditionally male-dominated industry because of the implications for future generations.
She said nutritional information, such as farming, was traditionally passed to children from their mothers, so it was equally important modern agriculture embraced the family farm again and move away from having profit margins at the centre of the industry. Ms Treasure is no stranger to the author scene, having written her first novel Jillaroo in 2002.
Her other best selling works include The Stockman, based on her experience with working dog education, The Rouseabout, inspired by her wild times at Australia’s Bachelor and Spinster (B&S) Balls and The Cattleman’s Daughter which grew from her experience in the Victorian High Country riding horses and droving cattle.
Rachael Treasure will be at Petrarch’s Bookshop, Brisbane Street, Launceston, on November 5 from 11am.