Episode Release Date: 12 June 2023
Birth Location: Echuca, Victoria
Current Location: Byaduk. Victoria
About Our Guest
Jackie was the second born to her parents Will & Christine, and is the fifth generation of the Elliott farming family. Raised on the land, her childhood was full of fun, with all the animals, motorbikes and adventures with her two siblings. School holidays were spent helping Will on the farm, learning from their grandmother how to cook as their Mum, Christine worked away in Melbourne during the week.
In 2008, the Elliott family packed up and sold the farm following a dissolved business partnership and they headed to South Gippsland for a could of years on a property, this is when Jackie decided to apply and attend Emerald Ag College, at aged 16, over 2000km from home in Central Queensland. Following graduating with a Diploma in Agriculture, Jackie returned to Victoria where her family now resides in Byaduk in South West Victoria.
Soon after Jackie met a young local farmer Dan, but before settling Jackie worked away in livestock health and farm supplies, travelling to North America on a beef industry scholarship, holidaying in the UK, and returning to work for a couple of years.
After struggling with poor mental health and finding a new confidence after travelling, Jackie started ‘Rural Women’s Day’, to connect rural women through community, collaboration and celebration. This brand took off, now three years later and 10k following on Instagram, several events across Australia, Jackie is extremely passionate about continuing this community well into the future.
A week before Covid hit, Jackie signed a contract, working full time from home for a Farm Equipment Sales platform, Farm Tender and moving in permanently with Dan who she had been with for 10 years. In April 2022, Jackie and Dan got married and Jackie has since changed her working hours to part time with Farm Tender, to have the opportunity to focus on health, Rural Women’s Day and her new position as AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Alumni VIC State Chair.