Community Rejuvenation

Community Rejuvenation

Cultivate Farms


We have kicked off another world first project. This time we are working with 3 northern Victoria regional communities over 2 years (and ongoing) to find farm opportunities for 3 aspiring farmers and help 3 retiring farmers step back. The three communities are: 1. Towong (North East Victoria) 2. Campaspe (North Central Victoria) 3. Mildura (North West Victoria) Our goal is that the work we do here will form case studies for any community to replicate We believe there are plenty of practical solutions to get more young people onto farms and we know communities can do this themselves. If you are in any of those communities we want to work with you and see how we can help you and you immediate community. We are setting up local advisory groups which will be light effort, but help us find specific and tailored ways to help If you are jealous that your community is not part of this program, then please reach out and let’s get chatting. Summary: Across Australia farms have traditionally been passed onto next family member. Family farms are the cornerstone of farming communities and economy. However, for many different reasons, there are many farmers who do not have kids to hand their farm onto and this leaves their farming legacy options limited. This often results in farms being purchased by neighbours and a reduction in families within the community. It is therefore imperative that we find solutions to bring new families onto farms in the district and find pathways for farmers looking to step back to hand the farm on to kids that aren’t their own. Farming is more than just a business; it is a real connection to and a love of the land. If we can bring more next generation farms we will be rejuvenating regional communities and inspiring hope for our land. Regional communities all over Australia are aware of the change in demographics of their community over the past few decades. The ability to retain and attract next generation farmers is getting harder. However, the farming opportunities are many and varied and the scene is set for the community to look at the current situation as opportunities for exploitation. There are many retirement-aged farmers who would be open to transitioning ownership to next generation farmers. Every community is full of passionate people already taking action to continue to see the district thrive. We want every regional community be known as an excellent farming area and help them attract many next generation farmers.