We have been talking to hundreds of aspiring farmers. We have lots of new tactics about how you can get yourself in front of retiring farmers. Getting in front of retiring farmers increases your chances of finding a farmer who might back you onto their farm.
One great idea is to get paid to visit retiring farmers. Love this so much.
We have had livestock transport drivers and fertiliser company reps join up as members, and they get to meet retiring farmers every day. They automatically have a way to find out what the farmer is up to, what their plans are and then naturally bring into the discussion the fact that they would love to own a farm. They even discuss Cultivate Farms, with examples of other people thinking about great ways for farmers to step back.
Does your current job get you in front of retiring farmers? Could you adjust it so that it does?
If not, think of other jobs that could get you in front of farmers all day every day. Here is a list we have come up with to get you thinking:
• Landcare coordinator for a region
• Real estate agent
• Stock agent
• Petrol tanker driver
• Livestock transport
• Farm supply advisor
• Machinery contractor
• Hay contracting
• Vet nurse
• Delivery driver
• Rural councillor
• Fertiliser company
• Rural journalist
• Newspaper photographer
Or if you can’t do this, why not sit on the Board of organisations with farmers?
• Sit on the local show board.
• Sit on the Landcare board.
• Try for local NRM/ag board like CMA/LLS.
• Water corporation Board.
• Sporting teams and economic development boards