Inaugural Australian Young Farmers Conference

when: early July 2016
where: Gundaroo Soldiers Memorial Hall, Gundaroo, NSW

Since we started this story over 5 years ago we have seen a ground swell of  young and beginning farmers all over Australia. It is time to start an annual conference.

July 2016 seems like a long way off but it is only one growing season away. Help us to make this a really worthwhile event by spreading the word to any young farmers that you know.

“Young farmers are beginning farmers, new to the field—some quite literally. They seek experience and hunger for knowledge. They are in need of capital and land and other tangible resources to make their journey practical and successful. They are idealistic, motivated by the desire to create a more equitable, regional, diverse and sustainable food system that fosters community and human and environmental health. They are ambitious and innovative. They are both back-to-the-land and high-tech. Feet on the ground, head in the sky, they live simply but want to change the world.
They are the future of farming”

Stone Barns Centre for Food and Agriculture –

What We Are Filming

We  are  inspired by people who are facilitating farmers transitioning from growing crops like tobacco to growing fresh, nutritious, tasty food.

We talk to farmers who are facing up to the difficult and often vexed task of farm succession. We look at the old and overburdened allotment system in the United Kingdom which has worked so well for so long and were people are now putting themselves onto long queues for space to grow nutritious food for their families.

We interview happy communities where farmers are making available land share for groups to start growing small crops. The land share movement is flourishing in Britain and is taking  grip here in the cities but only slowly in the rural areas.

We visit farmers markets and on farm shops were people are buying directly and we talk to our farming hero’s and luminaries who are household names (like Maggie Beer. See a snippet of our talk with Maggie.)

Feeding the World

We can feed the world, now and into the future but we need a shift to better ways of farming, better incentives for a fresh look at land use and better ways of training people, we need a paradigm shift to well grown, nutritious, fresh delicious, tasty food.

An agrarian revolution.

With the kind and enthusiastic support of Her Excellency Quentin Bryce our Governor General
we reproduce some of her excellent Australia Day Speech:

‘The wonderful Farmers’ Markets which are springing up all around our towns and cities also provide the opportunity for city families to talk to the farmers who grow their food. The combination of groaning tables of super-fresh vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes, flowers and preserves, and a chat to the farmers who produced them, is proving irresistible for town and city people -many of whom return every fortnight or every months to renew their connection.
But the Australian Year of the Farmer is not just about tourism and fresh veggies. Its purpose is to celebrate all those who contribute – and have contributed – to our rich rural history. In doing so, it will introduce Australians to the farmer of today, and smash a few stereotypes in the process.
In the world of the 21st century farmer, we find people who are environmentally-aware, innovative, tertiary-educated, global, entrepreneurial and collegiate. Primary producers today are a different breed to their parents and grandparents. The love of the land is still deeply ingrained, but to make money – and they must be profitable to survive – they have become masters of numerous skills, and technologically adept.
They understand land and water management, laser levelling, remote sensing, GPS management, conservation agriculture, organics, biodynamics and, overall, their role in national and global food security. Perhaps these are new labels for traditional concepts, but today’s farmers employ cutting edge technology that would baffle office workers in the cities.
Technology is powering Australia’s farming future.’