After taking out the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s State Award for the Northern Territory (N.T.), manager of Acacia Hills Farm, Martina Matzner went to Canberra for the national award ceremony, which was held earlier this month. Although she did not walk away with the national award, Martina said that attending the award ceremony provided her with a fantastic opportunity.
As well as being involved in many mango industry projects, Martina was recognised for her contribution to the horticulture industry for engaging young people to pursue a career in food production. She is already liaising with Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Schools in the N.T. to organise student visits to the Acacia Hills Farm, so that they can experience what it takes to produce a mango. Hopefully it will also inspire students to one day pursue a career in the industry.
Martina has been involved in the mango industry for over twenty years. We wish to congratulate Martina on winning the state award and being listed as a national finalist. We also thank her for her tireless commitment to the mango industry.