Be part of the movement

Owner of iris and wool Emily Riggs wears one of her pieces, with son Sam.

Owner of iris and wool Emily Riggs wears one of her pieces, with son Sam.

Goyder SA Country Women's Association is keen to help make a difference to the people in its community.

They've joined in with the #buyfromthebush campaign and are encouraging Goyder businesses to share what they offer on a social media platform, supported by the group.

This idea follows on from the social media @buyfromthebush campaign started by Grace Brennan, NSW, which encourages all people (townsfolk to metropolitan counterparts) to buy from the small communities, businesses and to support local.

The flow-on effect of this campaign has rippled throughout Australia and now the Goyder region.

When you buy from a small business in your community, you're supporting more than just one person's dream - this money circulates several times before leaving.

Goyder SACWA president Steph Schmidt said the group wanted to promote local businesses within its catchment.

They put the word out on their Facebook page to encourage Goyder businesses to get in touch, give some information about what they do and supply a photo, which would then be shared for all to see.

"We are open to all businesses," Mrs Schmidt said.

"There is so many cottage-type businesses out there."

With an initial focus on the Goyder region, Mrs Schmidt said they would look to increase to include others down the track.

One of the businesses featured is Emily Riggs' iris and wool, based in Burra.

The merino clothing brand has already been featured on the initial NSW @buyfromthebush campaign and Ms Riggs said she was excited to have this additional opportunity.

"It definitely means the world to me to have all their support and to be featured," Ms Riggs said.

Emily Riggs, owner of iris and wool, wears atop from her range.

Emily Riggs, owner of iris and wool, wears atop from her range.

Since featuring on the @buyfromthebush page, she has had about 400 new Instagram followers and 100 people sign up for her weekly newsletter.

Ms Riggs said she had a number of sales but had also been introduced to a new audience, one she wouldn't have been able to reach before.

"I feel like it has been a good start to build long term relationships with customers."

Ms Riggs said to be featured on the Goyder SACWA Facebook page and to be part of their campaign was also a positive for not only her but the region as a whole.

"There are so many wonderful creatives in the Goyder region."

Follow the Goyder SACWA campaign on their Facebook page to see who they feature - expect to see Wild Woodland Toys and more.

It is a campaign they hope to continue to run past Christmas.

If you are a Goyder business and want to share what you do, email goydersacwa@gmail.com with information about your business, photos and contact details.

"Know that we really do appreciate any of your support, whether it's a new like or a purchase, it all makes a difference, so, thank you," Ms Riggs said.

This story Be part of the movement first appeared on Northern Argus.