On the other side of the world – and loving it
Franzi Riegger – Vickery Bros agronomist
Seven years ago Franzi Riegger boarded a plane in Germany, destined for Australia.
Backpacking around, she soon stumbled upon south-west Victoria.
And while we know it’s the heart of Australia’s food and fibre sector, it didn’t take long for Franzi to also work this out.
“I started working at Treloars Roses and also as a farmhand on another property. From there I decided to study agronomy,” Franzi says.
“This area is a great combination of rural spaces with almost city living. We have a combination of farms, coast and towns, which is great.
“And the food and fibre sector is just so strong here. From prime cattle and dairy, to horticulture and vineyards, it’s a true success story. Food and fibre is responsible for close to 60 per cent of this area’s economy, which is quite incredible. It’s a great place to be.”