Why WIFE Formed
An identified need for a professional network, which in itself becomes a support network
To enable the sharing of ideas and other management perspective in a professional environment.
The recognition that farm business management is critical to farm profitability and sustainability and we needed skills in this area.
To help link outside expertise with the group to address knowledge gaps.
As the model has been shared, the network of branches has grown
Areas where WIFE meetings are currently hosted include: Beverley, Boyup Brook, Cranbrook, Dowerin, Cuballing (Dryandra), Lake Grace, Ongerup, Toodyay, Varley/Lake King, Calingiri (Victoria Plains), Wagin, Darkan (West Arthur) and Wongan Hills.
Guests are more than welcome to attend and often there are informative days open to all, provided by WIFE networks in your area.
How it Works
Regular meetings – which have a variety of formats - designed by each branch.
Networking at the start then structured discussion to share knowledge, sometimes including a guest speaker.
Fostering a culture of confidentiality and trust – we learn from each other and strive to maintain respect between members.
Identify knowledge gaps and choose the areas we want to improve on
Guest speakers are invited to provide expertise. However member discussion found to be very beneficial in many areas.
With many branches, provisions have been made for a crèche facility as having small children should not be a barrier to attending a WIFE meeting.
Extensive notes are taken by committee members and distributed to all members as a resource.