Ellen Downes and her husband Stuart run a mixed farming enterprise at Canowindra in the Central West. A wife and mother to their three young children, Ellen successfully juggles the farm with her career as a regionally based medical specialist, show enthusiast, and stud dairy cattle breeder.
Ellen’s life was thrown into chaos after the sudden death of her father in 2010, as the family grappled with forced succession. The experience made her determined to ensure the next generation of farming families have sound planning, robust business structures and inclusive collaboration processes in place, so they are spared a similar situation.
Ellen’s vision is to empower women to become more actively involved in farm businesses to help them successfully navigate the agricultural landscape through involvement in AgEDGE.
AgEDGE, a not-for-profit group made up of farmer and agribusiness people who meet quarterly in a board structure to review the performance of their business, assist farmers to get clarity around decision-making; set and achieve business and personal goals, and discuss current business challenges.
M 0402 133 728