‘This Farm Needs A Farmer’ is a fledgling community project getting off the ground in central Victoria. It brings together tree-changers with little or no on-farm experience and retired farmers who appreciate the friendship that grows as well the pleasure in being able to share their knowledge and really help out!
Melissa is a tree-changer who has been on her Kyneton property with her family for four years. After she and retired farmer 78 year old Noel Jenner realised just how beneficial and enjoyable the helping/sharing experience actually is, Melissa has taken on developing the idea, with a view to taking it to other rural communities and possibly overseas.
The project has had support from Leader Community News, the local Rotary Club and ABC coverage and has also won a Macedon Ranges Shire grant to match up tree-change farmers with retirees from the land. The local feedback is “Go for it…yes, there’s a need!”
A great idea…two-way self-help!