March 21, 2019
The topics we cover in Episode 73 of Cultivate Farms TV:
a) Weekly update
b) Community farmer activation program
c) Document your farm ownership journey on social media
d) Farmers coming to us with vendor deals
e) The best way to convince someone to back you onto your farm
f) Apple Orchard South West Tasmania
g) Update: 130 acres near Freycinet Tasmania
h) Farm ownership opportunities
Every week Sam Marwood takes you behind the scenes of what we are doing to help make your farm dreams a reality.
1. Aspiring farmers registered
We are at 790 aspiring farmer members from all over Australia. Thanks to the 85 in the last month. We appreciate you all very much.
If you aren’t a member, please signup here (Free or Premium) www.cultivatefarms.com/pricing
We need you to back us to help ensure Cultivate Farms takes off. It costs us to keep things going and we need our aspiring farmers to step up and help fund our operations.
You can sit back and not sign up, or be a free member - that’s great - but wouldn’t it be much better to work through a farm ownership plan with us and ensure we keep finding farm opportunities for you?
There are also a stack of benefits for you to being a Cultivate Farms premium member
a) You get to chat with the Cultivate Farms team
b) We work through a farm ownership pathway plan
c) Mecardo market analysis membership (valued at $300)
d) We directly notify you of farm opportunities (some are only promoted to members)
e) Monthly webinar for members only
2. Weekly update
Behind the scenes discussions: We are having so many behind-the-scenes discussions with aspiring farmers, investors and retiring farmers. It takes a while to get to know people, what they want and the farm opportunity.
We continue to keep in touch with all of our retiring farmers letting them know who is applying for their farms. But also keeping in touch with those who have indicated an interest. These farmers are dabbling with the concept of transitioning ownership to kids that aren’t their own and this takes time which we have to be appreciative of.
I did an interview with the Founder of RCS, Terry McCosker. Terry had some gold about how to make your farm dreams a reality, his thoughts on whether retiring farmers are ready to transition to kids that aren’t there own and what you as a farmer need to know to succeed. We have had such great feedback on this interview - so please do add this to your playlist.
Tim is complete the Grazing for Profit RCS course this week in Wagga Wagga NSW so we can learn first hand why people love what RCS are teaching
You can watch the interview here. https://www.youtube.com/watch….
Cultivate Talent - we are unpacking a recruitment concept with a corporate farm. Their biggest risk is finding farmers who are dedicated, hardworking and there for the long haul. They are open to helping their farmers get farm-ownership-ready and we think we could have an amazing farm employment concept that could change how farm jobs are rolled out across the country. Both parties know you want to own a farm, and you will work together to get you there, but in the meantime, work hard on the farm.
We are applying for a couple of grants for the Cultivator Program and also a community farmer activation program - where we will help regional communities find their own farm matches.
3. Community farmer activation program
We have been working with a community leader in North East Victoria who is keen to see more young people get onto farms in their district and to help retirement aged farms step back with dignity and remain in the community.
So after some discussions, we developed a community farmer activation program which we want to share with you now and encourage any community in Australia to reach out if this is of interest.
We know that there are plenty of solutions to get young people back to your farming community. It takes time and a few dedicated people to make it happen. But essentially you can be the farm matchmakers and you are in the best place to do this because you know the social landscape.
Our plan is that over 2 years we assist a farming community to attract 3 aspiring farmers into farm ownership and to assist 3 retiring farmers into transition ownership while remaining in the community.
Most farming communities are aware of the change in demographics of their community over the past few decades. The ability to retain and attract next-generation farmers is getting harder. However, the farming opportunities in any region are many and varied and the scene is set for local communities to look at the current situation as opportunities for exploitation. There are many retirement-aged farmers who would be open to transitioning ownership to next-generation farmers. There are communities full of passionate people already taking action to continue to see their district thrive. We just need to tap into this and offer practical solutions.
4. Document your farm ownership journey on social media
We have been talking to all our premium aspiring farmer members about the power of social media to fast track their farm ownership dreams. Everyone should be documenting their journey through social media.
Bianca from OurCow is doing this and you should follow them.
The ability for this to open doors that you can’t open yourself is immense.
We want you to tag us in any posts that you create or think are relevant as well, so we can share and promote you to increase your chances of ownership.
5. Farmers coming to us with vendor deals
We have had a few farmers coming to us with vendor finance deals - this is great.
But how come you haven’t already found these deals!? You should be out there contacting all these farmers and they should feel overwhelmed with attention from passionate aspiring farmers jumping onto any opportunity that could help them.
We will be promoting these opportunities soon, but you should be finding these yourself.
You should know all the farms that are on the market and understand the needs of the farmers. Maybe there are farms that haven’t sold for over 12 months - these ones you should definitely contact the real estate to see if vendor terms would be an option.
You should be emailing all real estate agents anyway for any farm opportunity and asking them if vendor terms are available. The squeaky wheel will get the fix and soon real estate agents will be finding your deals just to get you off their back!
6. The best way to convince someone to back you onto your farm
We believe that the best way to get onto your farm is to start farming yourself. If you are already running a farm operation using your own money and making sacrifices, then this is the number 1 best way to prove to a retiring farmer or investor that you are worth backing. If you are good with your own money, then you will be good with theirs.
You are most likely not going to be able to buy a farm on your own. So you need others. Therefore you focus is on impressing people.
We know it is hard to find, but keep a focus on finding land to lease and setting up a small version of your ideal farm. Get a herd of 10 cattle, start growing mushrooms, do whatever you can to show you are on a trajectory to having your own farm. You know how hard it is, but you want to show everyone you want this bad.
7. Apple Orchard South West Tasmania
This farm is a sale, but the vendor is open to some form of vendor terms. We thought this was a great one to promote with the owner because we this a farm entrepreneur might be able to see the value and then find investors to back them and go for it.
It is 3.5 Hectares in Cygent in the South West of Tasmania
It is already a profitable operation and has the opportunity to tap into the cider market and convert the house to tasting rooms or another option is to grow late season cherries on it in conjunction with the apples to further compliment the current structure.
8. Update: 130 acres near Freycinet Tasmania
We have a lease opportunity that has been available for a while near Bicheno on the east coast of Tasmania. On the doorstep of world renowned Freycinet National Park.
I had the opportunity to visit the 132 acre property the other day while down in Tasmania and met up with the owner. The owners are great and have really setup a green field property that is right for a top gun farmer.
We kicked around ideas why we haven’t been able to find a farm entrepreneur to jump onto this farm and then we thought we should think bigger. So we are now going to approach a few larger farming operations to see if they would be up for incubating the farm as an extension of their current operations and back a top gun farmer.
The property has so much potential. So keep a watch out. Do get in touch if of interest
9. Farm ownership opportunities
We have 22 farms that you could own with retiring farmers tomorrow. We want you to check these out and pass the details on to friends and family. These are red hot live opportunities which could set you up for life.
The process will be that you do a basic pitch and then we give it to the retiring farmers to decide if they want to take it any further. If they do it's then a number of conversations to find the best solution for you both.
1) Tasmanian Apple Orchard https://cultivatefarms.com/…/appleorcha…
2) 640 acres Murrayville Victoria: https://cultivatefarms.com/…/640-acres-…
3) Mushroom farm sale Gippsland Victoria https://cultivatefarms.com/…/gippsland-…
4) Free Range Chicken Lease Tasmania: https://cultivatefarms.com/…/Opportunit…
5) Organic Farm share farm just outside Melbourne Victoria: https://cultivatefarms.com/…/Organic%20…
6) Permaculture Dorrigo NSW https://cultivatefarms.com/…/80acreperm…
7) Dairy ownership pathway | North East Victoria - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/dairyn…
8) Cattle Leasing - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Cattle…
9) Mushroom Farm Opportunity - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Mushro…
10) Walnuts & Truffles Farm - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Walnut…
11) Cherry Orchard in NSW - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Cherry…
12) Greenfield opportunity Freycinet Tasmania - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Manuka…
13) The Mantle 250 Hectare Farm in Toolern Vale Vic - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/TheMan…
14) Kilkivan Community Farm Qld - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Kilkiv…
15) 74ha Lime tree farm west of Dimbulah Qld - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/LimeFa…
16) 70 acres Chestnut Farm in Western Australia - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Chestn…
17) Intensive Aquaculture in Rutherglen Victoria - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/IntensiveAquacultureRuther…
18) Rare Vegetable Seed Farm in Victoria - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/RareVe…
19) 100 Acres in North East Tasmania - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/100acr…
20) Tropical Horticulture Northern Territory - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/ntmark…
21) Northern Territory Small Beef Farm - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/f…/NTBeef
22) Olive Grove in Tasmania - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/…/Tasman…