Recognition Well-Deserved


Accomplished food and lifestyle writer from Orange, Sophie Hansen, has won the 2016  National Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award at a gala ceremony in Canberra overnight.

winner-of-the-2016-national-rirdc-rural-womens-award-sophie-hansen-and-her-husband-tim-hansenMinister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, said Sophie’s win was well-deserved recognition of her efforts to promote food and agribusiness, and her inclusive approach to working with women in rural communities.

“Sophie’s extraordinary talents in the food and social media space are indicative of the innovative work being undertaken right across regional NSW,” Mr Blair said. “Her project ‘My Open Kitchen’ shares the important story from paddock to plate and encourages farming businesses to use social media to strengthen rural communities.”

Sophie’s win follows in the footsteps of Central West landholder and sustainable agriculture trailblazer Pip Job, who in 2014 became the first NSW woman to win the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. Sophie’s prize includes a bursary of $10,000 and the opportunity to share her vision and business model with communities across Australia.

Nominations for the 2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award are currently open and close at the end of October 2016. To nominate visit