Group focused on learning about sustainability

South Otago's women-only Red Meat Profit Partnership group is (from left, back row) Camille McAtamney, Kate Anderson, Madeline Anderson, Chantelle Allen, Paula Steel, Fiona Wilson; (front) Anna Ballantyne, Sandra Campbell, Amy Blaikie and Megan McCall. Ph
South Otago's women-only Red Meat Profit Partnership group is (from left, back row) Camille McAtamney, Kate Anderson, Madeline Anderson, Chantelle Allen, Paula Steel, Fiona Wilson; (front) Anna Ballantyne, Sandra Campbell, Amy Blaikie and Megan McCall. Photo: Supplied
Utilising the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) model seemed like a ''logical idea'' for South Otago dairy farmer Sandra Campbell when it came to tackling the environmental issues for her own farming business.

Mrs Campbell said the idea came about after she worked with the Otago South River Care group and organised a Women's Enviro Evening in July in Clinton.

The event was hugely popular, with about 160 turning out to learn about different aspects of environmental change and sustainability, including the need to ''make change from the ground up, rather than from policy down''.

''I decided to start an RMPP group and utilise the resources available to really help us drive our own learning. Everyone I approached was keen to be part of it, and I probably could have filled the group 10 times over. It was just who I happened to bump into that week was who I put down to join me on the application form.''

The group is working with facilitator Megan McCall from AbacusBio with three main goals in mind: to explore how to share their story better as food producers, to upskill in knowledge in the area of environmental sustainability, and to learn how to diversify using farmland to become more resilient to the challenges ahead.

Mrs Campbell says the group is being driven by women but husbands will join in.

''Some of our members work off-farm and this is an opportunity for them to give valuable input to their farming business without being involved at a daily operations level.

''The group of ladies are an excellent bunch. We are like-minded people with similar values and the RMPP model has given us an innovative and creative space to think big picture.''

-By Alice Scott

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