Ladies: Dish the Dirt on Business

Here in Australia there are growing collective of women who are becoming agripreneurs. Agripreneurs are business owners who look for opportunities to improve and expand their agriculturally based businesses.

On Tuesday April 12 Women with Altitude will be hosting a Lady Agri Business Panel. At this event three of the Canberra region’s female agripreneurs will be interviewed.

First up will be Farmer and Cattlewoman Stace Allen from Claystone Meats. Recognising the gap in the market between the consumer and the farmer, Stace wanted to create a business that linked the customer to their food source. Claystone Meats was born with a partnership between Stace and Joelle Bou-Jauoude of the iconic Brod Burger Canberra. With the support of an incredible team and her family, Stace is building a brand that is fast becoming sought after in the Canberra region.


Alongside Stace will be, Fiona Porteous from Bent Shed Produce. Fiona describes herself as an “incorrigible foodie”. In 2006 she moved to a property outside Canberra, near Tarago in NSW, to specifically grow Australian native produce. Fiona launched Bent Shed Produce in 2014 to fill the surprisingly large gap in the market for Australian native foods. Her food products can be savoured in the award-winning dishes at Daana restaurant, sipped in the Summer Gin from The Canberra Distillery and devoured in chocolates from Jasper & Myrtle.

Lastly joining Stace and Fiona will be Rachel Torrealba of Collector Cottage. In 2018 Rachel and her husband Dean moved from Canberra, to Collector, 30 mins north of Canberra. Here they purchased a 1920’s Federation home to begin a new venture – a micro flower farm and couples’ retreat bed and breakfast. With a deep and lifelong love of nature, flowers, antiques and natural beauty, Collector Cottage is Rachel’s heart and soul, made tangible. Rachel is now a Farmer Florist growing seasonal chemical free flowers, as well as sharing her floristry skills through workshops and floral arrangements.

These business women will share how they navigate business, family, life on the land and breaking stereotypes in male dominated industries.

Women with Altitude are a national business women’s community that lifts women up both professionally and personally. Each Women with Altitude chapter is hosted by local businesswomen. The Canberra chapter is lead by multi-award winning business woman Lisa LaMaitre.

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