Cultivating the next generation of farmers

Sam Marwood, Tim Hicks and Tegan Hicks hope to fulfil the dreams of aspiring farmers around Australia
North East & Goulburn-Murray Farmer
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A BRAVE NEW WORLD: Cultivate Farms co-founders Tegan and Tim Hicks with their children (from left) Rosie, George, Thea and Belle. PHOTO: Capture by Karen

THE Wangaratta branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation recently amalgamated with the Moyhu branch.

Wangaratta and District VFF president Greg Mirabella said the reason behind the merger is indicative of the problems agriculture is facing across the country.

“The VFF has the same problem that a lot of volunteer organisations like the CFA and CWA have,” he said.

“Younger people just aren’t joining and the membership is aging.”

Last month, the new-look Wangaratta branch hosted Sam Marwood from Cultivate Farms, who specialises in this very problem – helping young people buy their first farm and joining them to the agricultural community.

Mr Mirabella said Cultivate Farms are attempting to address the gaping problem of the aging farming community.

More farming news and stories can be read in the May, 2017 print edition of North East & Goulburn-Murray Farmer or click here to access digital editions.