Farm sharing is common sense
Precis of an article in The Range News, 3rd Apr 2013 >
WANTED: Landholder with property suitable for food production who can save a Sunshine Coast farmer.
The agricultural industry is a tough nut to crack, but the not-for-profit organisation Finding Common Ground may have found a solution through a share farming agreement.
Alexina Johnson, chief executive officer of Finding Common Ground, is trialling the concept on her own Obi Obi property that she shares with farmer Jay Hilder.
“Our farming industry in this region is built on the back of share farming,” Mrs Johnson said.
“We have taken an older concept and turned it into a 21st century idea.
“There’s a lot of landholders who have got a lot of beautiful country to grow things but don’t have the time or experience, and that’s why we’re moving this forward.”
Jay Hilder has been in and out of the agricultural industry since he completed his Rural Management degree 20 years ago, he has a Masters in Natural Resource Management but found the work on offer was in the mining sector, an industry that conflicted with his values.
“I very much wanted to get back to the land, but I did not really have an opportunity to buy the amount of land I needed to farm with,” he said.
I had come up with the idea that maybe I could exchange my time for living on land and working part-time with a farmer.
“I found Sharing Common Ground and Alexina and I clicked straight away.”
For information about the group or to offer land phone 5446 9176.
Read the full article in The Range News, 3rd Apr 2013 >