Developing a heart felt letter to a retiring farmer

Developing a heart felt letter to a retiring farmer

Cultivate Farms
Aspiring farmers

Remember to handwrite this – printed won’t have the same effect. Handwriting shows you have taken time and that this letter means something to you.

Your handwritten notes dropped in their letterbox will be placed alongside the other 57 letters they received the past 6 months.

Aspiring farmers will be hassled from the day they step into ownership from other next gen farmers putting their hand up early to be considered as the one to hand your farm onto.

Template letter to a retiring farmer:

" Dear Mr and Mrs XY,

My name is Lil Arthur. I’m married to Pete Arthur, and we live in Phil McGregor’s second house just up the road. We haven’t met, but I have seen you at the cattle yards a few times and have been meaning to reach out, so I decided to write this letter. My dad is Sam Winter who you may know from the local butchers and Pete’s family lived in the region about 15 years ago before moving into the big smoke.

We drive past your farm almost every day as we travel to town for school or to take the kids to sports and always admire the way you run your farm. Particularly we love how well you have the farm laid out, the health of your cattle and the improvements you’ve made to the shearing shed.

We are reaching out because we wanted to let you know of our crazy dreams to one day own or at least share ownership in a farm.

This might be a bit presumptive, but we wanted to let you know that if you are looking to step back from the day to day operations of your farm a bit, that we would love the opportunity to meet and get to know you and somehow help out. We are open to helping any way we can because we think you have a great farm operation and we are very keen to keep pursuing our farming dreams. We also want to find anyway to cement ourselves in the area as we truly consider Meekwood our home.

Both Pete and I have cattle and sheep handling skills, know how to fence and I have an eye for soil health. Pete is also very nifty at writing grants as he had a 2 year stint working for the local government and could help apply for Landcare grants if that was a need. We would be more than happy to come and help out on an ad hoc basis with fencing, drenching or any maintenance jobs you have because we are keen to get to know more great locals like yourself, learn from the best farmers like yourself and improve our farming skills.

Pete currently works on Mary Johnson’s farm, we have a 200 acre leased block up on the hill where we run a few head of Limonsine steers and I work for the local stock feed company 3 days a week. Our two young boys have also caught the farming bug so we are doing all we can to find ways to open doors to farm opportunities and to embed ourselves in the community. I encouraged Pete to take up coaching of the Under 14s which has really helped us to make connections.

Please let me know if catching up for a cup of tea or coffee one day might be of interest. I completely understand though if the timing might not be right and I’ll endeavour to come up and say hi the next time I see you around town.

Kind regards,

Lil and Pete Arthur

04xx xxx xxx

24 Cultivate Farms St, Meekwood "