Paddock to Plate

Rosemary Nankivell was born and raised on the Liverpool Plains and she farms land that has been in her family for generations.

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"I've always been a country girl. Of course I did go to university in Sydney and lived overseas for a little while, but I’ve always had my heart in the land," said Rosemary.

"I really love this place. It's part of my soul, part of who I am."

Rosemary is proud to be a farmer, "We feed a lot of people from here, it’s essential. And possibly more importantly, we feed people from here regularly and reliably."

 Rosemary Nankivellon the Liverpool Plains land that her family has farmed for generations.

Rosemary Nankivellon the Liverpool Plains land that her family has farmed for generations.

In 2007, Rosemary learned coal companies were eyeing off the region with plans for open-cut mines. Mining licences currently cover Rosemary's farm and extend across the entire farming region.

"Suddenly our lives changed completely. We’re spending our lives fighting for our existence, when we should be just producing food, and you know, it was a critical time for me because I had two small boys," she said.

Rosemary produces crops including mung beans, faba beans, sorghum and wheat, and grazes cattle too.

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"I have two breeding operations, one is a Wagyu operation which is for speciality restaurants and the other is a Black Angus cattle operation.

"We can grow anything here, you only have to look at the black soil and the climate. It is the food bowl for NSW, and this food goes to people in the cities, it goes overseas too."

Rosemary can't believe coal mining is being considered in a region home to some of the best agricultural land in the world.  

"People around here are so angry, and so deeply upset with their government. We are so bewildered.

"But we're going to fight back. And we will win too."