About Us

Cathie, Deb and Emily 037Authors, Cathie Colless (centre) and Emily Colless (right) and illustrator, Deb Murray (left) are involved in family farming enterprises based in north west NSW and as a result are concerned with the longevity of the agricultural industry.

To assist with its sustainability, the three women want to ensure a generation of kids grow up with an awareness of where their food and fibre comes from and, the significance of farmers. The flow on effects of children having this information is that they are equipped with the ability to make healthy food choices, to value farmers and they are made aware of a viable industry for a fulfilling career.

Who we are & what we do

Cathie Colless

Cathie left Sydney and teaching PE and Health to marry her husband Rob twenty eight years ago and has since worked with him on their property ‘Fernleigh’ at Come-by Chance. Although country born and bred, Cathie had no knowledge or experience in farm life, or the agricultural industry, but with the assistance  of her husband, took on the career change and has been actively involved in all aspects of their business which produces beef, lamb, wool and grain, ever since. They have three children who have always been involved in the family farm and continue to hold a keen interest in agriculture.

Emily Colless

Emily graduated from the University of New England in 2010 with a Bachelor of Agribusiness and currently works as an Agribusiness Manager at the National Australia Bank in Narrabri.  Previous to this Emily worked for NSW Farmers Association as a Regional Manager and was based on the family property, ‘Fernleigh’ Come-by-Chance where beef, lamb, wool and grain are all produced. Whilst Emily has relocated from home, she has been involved on the family property from a young age with a particular interest in breaking in and training horses, mustering stock and animal husbandry and welcomes a weekend at home on the property.

Deb Murray

Deb has lived in the Walgett area for most of her life. She moved to ‘Lyndon’, 50 kms west of Walgett, when she married 30 years ago and has raised four children with her husband Jack. Their property is a family run business dealing primarily with sheep & wool, cattle and a small area of farming country for grain. Deb has been involved in a local art group since 2004, spending may happy hours painting mainly bush scenes and images of life in the country.


  • 1Matt Brand, CEO NSW Farmers“A great book written by farmers, highlighting where our food and fibre comes from. An educational read that brings to life the concept of Paddock to Plate.”
    NSW Farmers is a membership based state farming organisation. Their support of ‘Yum Yum…Where Does It Come From?’ is particularly relevant as the Association continues to lobby for food and fibre education in the state curriculum.
  • 2The Hon. Rick Colless MLC, The Nationals“A very special initiative by three extraordinary women.”
    Click here for more of Rick’s speech in Parliament.

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