Propagate talks with young farmers and fishers who are succeeding in their industries and rising to the challenges of balancing business, family and technology.
Hayley Pattison: "It's never been a suggestion that farming's not for us."
Hayley Pattison and her husband Matt weren't planning on taking over their families' farms. They wanted to make it on their own, and build the farm of their dreams under their own steam. What they weren't expecting was that things would take off so quickly.
Mel Kiel: "The trading's just too lucrative."
Mel Kiel trained and worked as a nurse, but discovered a love for cattle trading that turned into a lifelong passion. Her business only requires a small amount of land and the high turnover is great for cashflow. Here's how she and her husband turned their home into a successful livestock trading enterprise.
Christine Miles: "They don't realise the drive and the tenacity I have."
Christine Miles had always dreamed of becoming a farmer, but chose a mining career instead. It wasn't until she moved to a regional town where people practiced both that she began her gradual transition into the farmer she'd always hoped to become.
Sam Maiden: "You can start small."
Sam Maiden's organic Dorper farm in Broken Hill looks like something out of an old Western movie. Maybe that's why tourists and film producers love it so much. To land this property (and eventually the neighbouring one too), Sam and her husband Richard started out by purchasing in town at the lower end of the market. Over the years, they turned a 25,000 starter house into a sizeable farm deposit, and bought their dream farm.
Matt Flick: "I bite off more than I can chew then chew like hell."
When Matt Flick started contracting, he was only hoping to make a bit of spending money on top of his farm work. He never imagined it would turn into a full time business with huge demand across Central Western NSW. Over the years, the growth has enabled Matt to purchase tractors and spray rigs, and hire two staff members to help meet the workload. He says it's good practice for the farm he hopes to own one day.
Carissa Wolfe: "We create the opportunities we want."
Carissa Wolfe and her partner Karyn knew they had a lot to learn before they could run their own dairy. So they gave themselves ten years to travel around America and work on farms of all sizes and practises. They dubbed their journey the "Education Years", and when it was complete, they brought their loaded toolkit of skills back to NSW and launched Benmar Farm.
Starting from Scratch
Absolutely so heartening to hear these young farmers starting from scratch speaking so honestly, working their hearts out and being so down to earth and relatable.
Love hearing Aussie voices I can relate to and learn about.