Cultivate Farms TV Episode 66

November 15, 2018

The topics we cover in Episode 66 of Cultivate Farms TV:

  1. Speaking gigs October and November 2018
  2. Launched: 2nd ever crowd-funded farm in Australia
  3. Are you ready for an investor or retiring farmer?
  4. Jobs that could get you in front of more retiring farmers
  5. Three ways to get farm-ownership ready
  6. Excuses from aspiring farmers to not even try
  7. Hazelbrae farm matched #7
  8. 21 farm opportunities for you right now

Succession Planning Interview with Judy Hockings in Regional Voices

October 29, 2018


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Cultivate Farms TV Episode 65

October 29, 2018

The topics we cover in Episode 65 of Cultivate Farms TV:

1. How your premium membership helps us to find you farms
2. Have you been watching for a long time but haven’t signed up or said hi?
3. Case Study: Retiring farmer matched with aspiring farmer on 3,500 acres
4. How the farm matching works
5. Email real estate agents ask ask for lease to buy options
6. Farm Sitters
7. New farms loaded
8. 23 Farm Opportunities


Cultivate Farms TV Episode 64

October 5, 2018

The topics we cover in Episode 64 of Cultivate Farms TV:

  1. Summary of the week
  2. Monthly webinar for premium members
  3. Farmer Friday Frothy in Kyneton Vic
  4. Building relationships between investors and aspiring farmers
  5. What sort of aspiring farmer should you be
  6. Have you been watching for a long time but haven’t signed up or said hi?
  7. Outdoor piggery Temora NSW
  8. Cherry Orchard Wellington NSW
  9. 21 Farm Opportunities

Mushroom Farming! Interview with Ryan Creed of Life Cykel

September 28, 2018

Sam had a wonderful interview with the one of the co-founder of Life Cykel, Ryan Creed. Together with Julian Mitchell they co-founder Life Cykel in 2015 after discovering how to grow gourmet mushrooms from waste coffee grounds. Life Cykel on ABC - Life Cykel website - Be an urban farmer -


Cultivate Farms TV episode 62

September 21, 2018

Welcome to episode 62 episode of Cultivate Farms TV. Sam Marwood takes you behind the scenes of what we are doing to help make your farm dreams a reality.


The topics we cover in Episode 62 of Cultivate Farms TV:

  1. Freeland Pork Business Planning Day
  2. Farmer Friday Frothy
  3. A message to Mayors across Australia
  4. 4. 20 Farm Opportunities

What sort of aspiring farmer should you be?

September 15, 2018

I spoke with an aspiring farmer the other day who is in NSW and going through the drought. They have setup a lease arrangement and are cropping.

They discussed that things are really tight this year and that they might struggle to break even.

He was a bit disheartened because of the possibility of failure.

But do you know what I saw? I saw a motivated, clever and proactive aspiring farmer who is ready to be backed onto their own farm with a retiring farmer or investor.

Sure they might struggle to get through financially, even they may have to end the lease, but do you see what respect they will get from a retiring farmer or investor for what they have done? Off their own bat they have found a way to get farming in trying a situation and in a business that is really expensive to get going.

I saw a man who has established a business model that will work when backed onto a farm that they can run with appropriate resources. I saw a top quality farmer who is driven to realise his dream and someone that an investor would be completely confident would work for their best interest and would work hard for them, no matter what happens.

This aspiring farmer was proving his ability to run a farm and to be a steward of money and the land. I was so excited to chat with him because of the potential he has and the proven track record of initiative.

He is building his story which will open many doors for him. His story will be one of initiative and struggle and persistence. A story everyone will love to listen to and people will want to back him to see him succeed.

What are you doing to demonstrate you are farm ready? Are you out looking for leased land? Are you trying to build your wealth and be a good steward of money? Are you proving that you are worthy of being backed by a retiring farmer or aspiring farmer.

Yes you may fail in your endeavours, but your goal is to open doors to the people who will back you onto your farm and it isn’t dependent on you being able to get through an impossible drought, or being subject to commodity price crashes.


Cultivate Farms Weekly Episode 61

September 14, 2018

The topics we cover in Episode 61 of Cultivate Farms TV:

  1. Discussions with premium members
  2. Hunting for NSW farm for an investor (you could be the farmer)
  3. National Farm Succession planning day
  4. What you should do if you have just found out about us?
  5. 19 Farm Opportunities

2nd Farmer Friday Frothy

September 13, 2018

We held our first farmer Friday frothy in Kyneton Victoria and it was a lot of fun. We had aspiring farmers and retiring farmers and people from the ag industry. Lots of mingling and discussing farm ownership plans.

It highlights just how valuable face-to-face discussions are with like-minded people. I got to unpack farm ownership plans with a few aspiring farmers. It was really inspiring to hear the stories that these farmers have of striving to own their farm, and they just need a bit of support and to throw them some ideas and they’re on track to realise their dreams.

We hold it with our mate Melissa Connors from This Farm Needs a Farmer. We are both based in Kyneton and have the same vision to rejuvenate regional communities through good farming.

Please come along and mingle. We know sometimes it can be hard to get out and might seem awkward, but you know me now and we can connect you with everyone who comes along.

Our plans is that this becomes the must-go-to-event for farmers in the district and we’d love to replicate across the country.


Building relationships between investors and aspiring farmers

September 12, 2018

We have signed up a couple of new investors for Cultivate Farms. This is very exciting and we are already underway in matching these investors to aspiring farmers.

Our focus with investors is the same as with aspiring farmers and retiring farmers. We get to know what you want in your farm and then focus on finding the right farmers to build a relationship with. So we are focusing on finding the best aspiring farmers to have a coffee with the investors, get to know them, see if values align and if they do, you go off together to hunt for your farm.

This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring farmers. It is the goal we have been aiming for since we started. To get investors to back aspiring farmers and it is all starting to build.

If you are an aspiring farmer and haven’t signed up as a member then you could miss out on being matched to an investor. Our premium members have been hand selected from our database by these investors and are now in with the chance of owning their own farm.