Hughenden grazier Angie Nisbet is the one woman show behind Married to the Land podcast

Zoe Thomas
By Zoe Thomas
Updated May 2 2022 - 4:11am, first published 4:03am
Angie, along with her husband Sam Nisbet and their three children, Tilli, Elka and Hugo, live at Landsborough Downs station based 80kms south of Hughenden. Photo: Zoe Thomas.

Tucked away in a home office on a property 80kms south of Hughenden, a local grazier is gearing up to release a third season of her successful rural podcast that has gone on to reach a global audience.

Angie Nisbet is the one woman show behind the Married to the Land podcast.

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A podcast that interviews everyday rural and regional women from across the country sharing their humble beginnings and how they became married to the land.

Queensland Country Life sat down with Angie to discuss how she herself is tied to the land and the inspiration behind the podcast.

Angie, who was formerly Angie Lindsay, is no stranger to the land as a born and bred Hughenden local who grew up on her family property.

Like many country kids, she went on to attend boarding school in Toowoomba. After graduating, she spent time working on various stations around the state and into the Territory, before settling in Longreach where she met her now husband Sam Nisbet.

The couple, with their now three children, Hugo, Tilli and Elka, moved back to the Hughenden region 18 months ago.

"Our family was going through a bit of succession planning," Angie said.

"We always wanted to come back up here, so it was just the right time."

Angie Nisbet is the one woman show behind the Married to the Land podcast. Photo: Zoe Thomas.

Based at Landsborough Downs station on the Muttaburra connection road, the Nisbet family operate a mixed commercial livestock operation - running 1500 head of Brahman cattle and 12,000 goats and sheep.

A family affair, Landsborough Downs adjoins two neighbouring properties spanning a total of 100,000-acres owned by the Lindsay family.

Sam is also a qualified electrician who commutes between Hughenden and Longreach during the week.

"He runs an electrical business in town four days a week and then comes back home to us over the weekends," Angie said.

"So, I am very hands-on with three kids under the age of four and running the property, whilst my husband runs his electrical business."

Amongst the busyness of being a mother, a wife and a grazier, Angie is committed to her love of podcasting and sharing stories of rural women.

"I came up with the idea when I was in Longreach," Angie said.

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"It was a very uninspiring start. I was just vacuuming the house and I just had a mum moment where thought; is this all I have to do?"

A later run in with a Longreach local kick started the storytelling momentum.

"I ran into a lady that I knew and I started chatting to her," Angie said.

"We got onto her life and how she got to where she was. After chatting, I just said to her, I've known you for such a long time and I didn't know much about you.

"I went home and thought I should start talking to more people in my community."

Launched in 2020, the podcast has spanned two seasons and featured upwards of 10 episodes in each series. Photo: Lisa Alexander Photography.

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The idea for Married to the Land was officially born.

Launched in 2020, the podcast has spanned two seasons and featured upwards of 10 episodes in each series. The podcast is listed on streaming giants Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Angie began the process of acquiring podcasting equipment, researching interviewees and scheduling interviews.

"I do it all myself - the interviews, editing and releasing all from my office on the property," Angie said.

"It was a huge learning curve because I have no journalism background.

"I did a lot of talking to people, reaching out, you know, how should I go about? Where do I need to start? Just learning about it all."

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Angie said the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic kicked the podcast into gear.

"It actually made it easier because I do a lot of my interviews via zoom and you can record that way," she said.

"It made it really easy for me to not have to jump in the car and physically go to see people, but I could still have that face to face contact."

Angie's first guess was Sophie Elliott based in the Gulf region.

"I knew a little bit about her story. I just reached out to her and told her what I was doing," she said.

"She was really, really great. Very transparent, and quite open and honest about where she's come from.

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"It snowballed from there."

During the week, Angie manages their family livestock property, whilst looking after the kids and organising podcast episodes. Photo supplied.

Married to the Land has since interviewed rural women living and working across the country and has reached an international audience with listeners based in New Zealand, America and Germany.

Angie said the biggest challenge of the journey was teaching herself the editing process and reaching as many ears as possible. However, the unique and incredible stories of women on the land is what keeps her coming back each season.

"Every single woman I interview goes, 'I'm not that interesting', or 'my story doesn't have that wow factor'," Angie said.

"I will go through the process of getting to know them, understanding their history, and then do the interview.

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"Nine times out of ten, I'll get feedback from these ladies saying, 'wow, I really have had a jam packed life'.

"They should all be super proud of what they've done and achieved."

Moving forward, Angie plans to continue with the podcast and potentially host a Married to the Land event on her property to align with International Day of Rural Women in October.

"Whether it be a lunch, a dinner or cocktail night, I want to get everyone together," Angie said.

"I may even do a live podcast on the lawn with someone in the community.

"Receiving that feedback and being able to connect with people that aren't physically in the same area, I'd say is one of my proudest achievements."

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Season three is expected to be launched in the coming months and will feature new episodes of rural women across the country.

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Zoe Thomas

Zoe Thomas

Journalist - North Queensland Register/Queensland Country Life

Northern based journalist at North Queensland Register and Queensland Country Life.

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