The Farm Ownership Podcast
Apply to co-own a farm with an investor - Cultivator 2020

Apply to co-own a farm with an investor - Cultivator 2020

November 12, 2019

You have 3 days to apply for Cultivator

We have definitely been pumping the promotion for this program and hopefully, you have already heard about it and are in the process of applying.

www.cultivatefarms.com/cultivator.

https://cultivatefarms.com/blog/commonquestionsaboutthecultivatorprogram?fbclid=IwAR3FoDMT_wKh3Yh5g9Hl4GvigPdXI3GMJ4rD2-tXhecT51FZd5IhCVBNpSc

It takes about 10 minutes to apply

We have an investor ready to back a farmer, so we are taking 10 farmers on a pitching journey with the best pitch being backed.

What we are really excited about is that between now and the pitching event in November 2020 we have 12 months to promote all of our 10 farmers and target more investors.

We will have a class of the best farmers going around that we can put in front of as many farm investors as we can. We would love to find an investor for every farmer.

So if you are worried that you only have a one in ten shot at the investor, take heart that we will be fighting for more investors.

If we don’t find more investors along the way, we will have the farm pitch that we can take with you to find your own investors after the program.

What we are doing with Cultivator is what we have been promoting for a long-time - aspiring farmers need to pull a farm pitch together and start shopping it around. It takes time to pull this together, but having a pitch document is so powerful

How can you get an investor or anyone to back you if you don’t have a plan showing how good you are and how good the farm deal is?

So if you know you want to farm your whole life, you want to co-own your farm and you want to farm in Vic or NSW, then please do apply.

You only live once and this is an amazing opportunity.

Apply by this coming Friday 15 November

Email me if you have questions sam@cultivatefarms.com

Let’s get you farming!

Common questions people are asking about the Cultivator Program

Common questions people are asking about the Cultivator Program

November 1, 2019
We have 5 farmers already signed up for Cultivator. 5 spots remain and you have 3 weeks to apply.  Applications close 15 November

Sam and Tam talk through the common questions people are asking about the program.

 
Questions like:
 
How much time will I need to commit?
How long does Cultivator go for?
Do I need to know the farm I want to co-own?
 
If you have some queries about the program, you can enquire here:
https://cultivatefarms.com/cultivator/enquire
Farm Business Profitability Made Easier | with Mike Krause Founder of P2P Agri

Farm Business Profitability Made Easier | with Mike Krause Founder of P2P Agri

October 25, 2019

We interview great people who are helping farmers to get farm ownership ready or make farmers more profitable and successful - we do this to help save you time.
 
Click through to join Sam with Mike Krause who is the Founder of P2P Agri.
 
P2P Agri a farm business profitability cloud platform.  It’s is just one of the tools we will be using through our Cultivator Program in 2020 to support 10 aspiring farmers pitch successfully to investors to co-own a farm.
 
Our farmers will be developing their 5-year financial model through this system.
 
Mike has worked with farmers for years and in government, banking and the insurance sectors
 
P2P Agri is software to help farmers manage their business - Their mission is to help farm businesses be profitable and sustainable into the future
 
Also, Mike wrote Farming the Business - sowing for your future - which is free or $10 from GRDC. Well worth the reading and is another great resource provided to farmers in our Cultivator program
 
www.p2pagri.com.au

Match making farmers to help the Millewa community

Match making farmers to help the Millewa community

October 22, 2019

If your kids don’t want the farm, you don’t just have to sell up and walk away.
If you have a dream of owning a farm but aren’t going to inherit a farm, it is absolutely possible to realize your dream.

Bringing more people into the community is a priority at any time, even in times of drought like now. Cultivate Farms, farm matchmakers, are encouraging the Millewa community to start thinking about who they could match so that there is a continual flow of top-quality farmers to the community forever.

Cultivate Farms are focusing on the Mildura region to pilot an initiative in an attempt to bring more young people into farm ownership and help retiring farmers step back with dignity.

The Mildura region is one of three focus communities with the Cultivate Communities program which aims to find practical solutions to transitioning farm ownership between generations.

Sam Marwood, Co-Founder of Cultivate Farms, will be running workshops on matchmaking farmers as part of the Regenerative Communities Road Trip being run by the Mildura Rural City Council on Thursday 3 October at Lake Cullulleraine.

Farmer investment program | Investor ready to back a farmer | Cultivator

Farmer investment program | Investor ready to back a farmer | Cultivator

October 14, 2019

If you are ready for a farm investor and want to own a farm in Vic or NSW, Cultivator is the program for you.

 

G’day I’m Sam Marwood, co-founder of Cultivate Farms. We have an experienced farm investor who is ready to back another top gun aspiring farmer to co-own a farm with them.

 

So we set up the Cultivator program to incubate 10 farmers from Vic and NSW over 6 months to pitch their dream farm. One farmer will be backed but all farmers will have a pitch that we can help you take to other investors.

 

Apply here - https://www.cultivatefarms.com/cultivator/enquire 

 

We started Cultivate Farms to make it possible for anyone to own their farm and that is why we are so excited to have created this Cultivator program. It is doing just what we had dreamed for those with farm ownership dreams.

 

How good is this!?

 

We have been able to extend the invitation now to NSW, previously we were just Victoria.

 

Also, applications are now due November 15 (you have 2 extra weeks)

At the end of the program you will have 1) a farm pitch 2) 5 year financial model 3) 3 minute video.

 

We will support you if you aren’t the matched farmer. You now have a pitch that you can take to unlock other investors or impress a retiring farmer. You will be confident in who you are as a farmer and willing to get out there and open doors. And the Cultivate Farms team will be alongside you the whole way We will have a stack of media opportunities during the program where you can get your face and name out there to build interest from people who could back you There isn’t a program like this in the world, and we are so excited to have created this opportunity for aspiring farmers. So please don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

 

If you think you are good enough and do want to own your farm, reach out Let’s get you owning your farm

 

Apply here - https://cultivatefarms.com/cultivator 

 

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The Farm Incubator

The Farm Incubator

October 9, 2019

Sam talks to the Farmer Incubator participants www.farmerincubator.org about how they can realise their farm ownership dreams.

Going through a program like Farmer Incubator where you learn how to farm is an excellent thing to do to help realise your farm ownership dreams. You need to be good enough to be matched with someone to co-own a farm and going through this program demonstrates your eagerness to make your farming dreams a reality. Retiring farmers and investors want to see that passion and dedication.

We have an investor ready to back an aspiring farmer | Could that be you?

We have an investor ready to back an aspiring farmer | Could that be you?

September 27, 2019

Sam unpacks how and why an investor is ready to back an aspiring farmer - which could potentially be you.

Cultivator - the World’s first farm investment incubator

https://cultivatefarms.com/cultivator 

I wanted to give an update on the Cultivator program which we are currently taking expressions of interest for applicants

It is a 6 month incubator program where we take 10 aspiring farmers and help them pull a farm pitch together and at the end, one farmer is going to be backed by an investor (who has already backed Freeland Pork).

We have had a number of enquiries and I wanted to give some more details to help answer some common questions we are having.

Please do reach out if you are interested, I am happy to chat with you about whether this is for you.

1. Vic focused but we are seeking to expand to NSW
2. We have received Federal Government support to subsidise the costs
3. Applications due October 30 2019
4. You will get 1) a farm pitch 2) 5 year financial model 3) 3 minute video
5. Who are the mentors:
Claire Coates
Create Business
P2P
Shine at Business
ImpactAg

Apply here - https://cultivatefarms.com/cultivator 

6. How we will support you if you aren’t the matched farmer. You now have a pitch that you can take to unlock other investors or impress a retiring farmer. You will be confident in who you are as a farmer and willing to get out there and open doors. And the Cultivate Farms team will be alongside you the whole way
7. We will have a stack of media opportunities during the program where you can get your face and name out there to build interest from people who could back you
There isn’t a program like this in the world, and we are so excited to have created this opportunity for aspiring farmers. So please don’t let this opportunity pass you by

If you think you are good enough and do want to own your farm, reach out

Let’s get you owning your farm!

World First Farmer Incubator Launches for 2020

World First Farmer Incubator Launches for 2020

September 18, 2019

World-first farmer incubator launches for 2020.

We are pumped to be running Cultivator 2020 and we want the best farmers to be a part of it.

Through Cultivator you have a chance to be selected to co-own your dream farm with an investor

We have proven the model with Claire and Marc Coates on Freeland Pork in Kyabram Victoria and you could be the second farmer.

This program is exactly why we started Cultivate Farms - to show anyone with a dream of farm ownership that it is possible.

The investor who backed Claire and Marc loved it so much that they want to go again and hopefully we are able to get a few more investors along the way.

Apply here
www.cultivatefarms.com/cultivator

How it works
We incubate 10 aspiring farmers who develop a pitch for a farm in Victoria.

Our scope is for anyone who wants to farm in Victoria. If you are jealous that this is only Victoria at the moment, then help us spread the word so we can get support to roll this out nation wide.

We then run 6 months worth of seminars and one-on-one sessions for you to develop a:
1. farm pitch document
2. 5 year financial model
3. 3 minute video

There will be 10 participants and at the end of it every farmer will have a pitch and the confidence to go and find your own investors to realise your dream

So if you think you are good enough to co-own and run a farm with an investor and have a track record of running a farm, then please do apply.

Help us to spread the word about this - tell everyone you know so that we can make this a massive success and get even more opportunities like this for you to get on your farm.

We have support from the Federal Government and also the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Bridget McKenzie.

It is absolutely possible to own your farm. Get pumped up. Get inspired and keep chasing your dream.

Cultivator 2.0

Cultivator 2.0

August 26, 2019

We are running the second Cultivator Program. This definitely is a world-first program and we are so excited

The investor who backed our first farm (Freeland Pork) has confirmed they are willing to back another farmer, so we are ready to go.

The program is for aspiring farmers who want to farm in Victoria only.

If you are anywhere else in Australia, we want you to be jealous and talk to all your farming, government and community groups to kick up a stink and fight to get us to do a program in your area. We are ready.

The program kicks off in early 2020 but we are making a list of willing farmers - so email sam@cultivatefarms.com if you want to know more.

 

Requirements:

- Know how to run a farm and feel confident to co-own with an investor

- Want to farm in Victoria

- You can commit time to pulling a farm proposal together (Detailed plan, finances and 2 minute video)

- Could pay $4,000 to be part of the program

 

Summary: Australian agricultural production is set to increase from $60B to $100B by 2030, and the average age of farmers is 59, 20 years older than most industries. 50% of farmers are expected to retire within the next 15 years. $400B in investment dollars needs to be invested in a new generation of young people to take over the farms. If we don’t inspire the best to become farmers, our regional communities will continue to decline as our farms become bigger and less family-oriented. Cultivate Farms established the Cultivator program in 2017, a world first farm investment incubator. The first program had 13 participants and a Kyabram free range pig farming couple were backed by an investor in mid 2018 (Freeland Pork). The course has been upgraded and will provide bespoke support to each farmer over 6 months where participants develop a farm pitch which will be presented to an investor. What is exciting is that one farm will be backed by the investor and we expect more investors to sign up along the journey. The best applicant will then build a relationship with the investor over a number of months and once both parties are comfortable with the farm ownership plan, they will seek a farm and purchase it together. All other participants will have a farm pitch document, renewed confidence and the skills to attract investors or convince retiring farmers to transition ownership to them.

 

Discussion with an Orchard Group

Discussion with an Orchard Group

August 15, 2019

Sam spoke to farmers in Huon Valley Tasmania about options for transitioning ownership of farms. The farmers are a group of organic orchardists who catchup regularly to discuss everything farming - ownership transition being a key topic. This is a great one for farmers looking to step back while seeing their farm-scale up on the back of a top gun next-generation farmer. Thanks to Matthew Tack from Our Mates Farm for setting this up

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