Leading vegetable grower, Emma Germano announced as 2016 Emerging Leader in Victorian Agriculture Award
22nd September 2016
All too often we hear of the struggle to entice and retain youth in agriculture, but that is not the case with Emma Germano, who is a young, intelligent, strong-minded passionate vegetable farmer from Mirboo North and a real credit to her industry.
That is why she is the worthy winner of the 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV), Emerging Leader in Victorian Agriculture Award.
The ELVA Awards are aimed at identifying emerging young leaders across agriculture and then supporting them in continuing to develop and grow and step-up in their industry, to be innovative and lead the way.
There is no doubt that this year’s winner has never been afraid to stand-up and show a path forward.
Emma is the Business Development and Operations Manager and the face of the family business ‘I Love Farms’.
Working alongside her father, the two bring different skills to the business, with Laurie remaining in the production side and Emma branching into the farm’s commercial operations – both domestic and export.
Emma, previously, has researched the global export opportunities for Australia’s vegetable industry and other primary produce. This has not only helped her own business enter the export market but other fellow growers.
Another one of Emma’s achievements is her work (alongside her father) to support the not-for-profit organisation Fareshare by refusing to see perfectly good food end up in landfill.
Tania Chapman, Chair of Voice of Horticulture, nominated Emma for the ELVA Award and says that “… when I first met Emma in 2013, as a newly announced Nuffield Scholar, I could see in her great personal strength and resilience”.
“Emma is certainly a very passionate grower and a great advocate for her industry”.
“She is not one that seeks acknowledgement - for Emma, it is all about the results.
“Isn’t that the best attribute a leader can have, to be focused on results and not their own position?”