We have been talking to hundreds of aspiring farmers and from this we are learning more tactics about how you can get yourself in front of hundreds of retiring farmers which 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 everyday. 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. This leads to discussions about their plans and then they even discuss Cultivate Farms to give ideas on 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, have a think about other jobs that could get you in front of farmers all day everyday. Here is a list we have come up with to get you thinking:
Landcare coordinator for a region
Real estate agent
Petrol tanker driver
Farm supply advisor
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