8 episodes

Propagate talks with young farmers and fishers who are succeeding in their industries and rising to the challenges of balancing business, family and technology.

Propagate Young Farmer Business Program

    • Entrepreneurship

Propagate talks with young farmers and fishers who are succeeding in their industries and rising to the challenges of balancing business, family and technology.

    On the water with Paul Aquilina (and Skip)

    On the water with Paul Aquilina (and Skip)

    Today it's time to put on a lifejacket and cast off with Paul Aquilina, a young fisherman living on the Hawkesbury River, 90 minutes from Sydney.

    Paul has never been in any doubt that he wanted to be a fisherman and no amount of early morning starts, broken down boats, stolen eel traps, or empty nets could stop him from achieving his dream. To say he's focused on what he wants is an understatement.

    From his early days of volunteering on trawlers through to him leasing boats and licenses, Paul is now a 'multi-fisher' who owns several different fishing licences and boats, providing a range of products to the market. Despite his young age, it's been a long journey that has required him to make plenty of sacrifices in his life. Paul also discusses how putting in extra effort can result in premium prices for his produce.

    Propagate is proudly brought to you by the good folks at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program.

    The Young Farmer Business Program is creating opportunities for young farmers and fishers to enter into or expand their existing businesses by helping them improve their business skills.

    The Young Farmer Business Program has been funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries to deliver a multifaceted approach to help young farmers and fishers. Our program is providing access to new business ideas, tools, products and services relevant to young farmers and fishers.

    For more information on the Young Farmer Business Program please visit https://www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au/

    • 21 min
    Olympia Yarger and the buzz business

    Olympia Yarger and the buzz business

    When you think of farming, it's very unlikely that you think about farming flies. In fact, if you have any experience on a farm, you probably know how destructive flies can be to livestock.

    Yet in a small industrial building in the Canberra suburb of Fyshwick, Olympia Yarger is farming flies. And a lot of people are very excited by her unique work.

    It turns out that there's more to flies than the average person realises, and Olympia is at the forefront of using the little buzzers to change the waste management industry. So much so that her company Goterra has even received funding from the notoriously agriculture shy Venture Capitalist sector.

    Olympia candidly discusses how despite all her success as a CEO of a cutting edge company, she still sometimes struggles with the idea that she's '...just a maggot lady' who is more interested in growing the business than enjoying the perks of investment capital.

    Propagate is proudly brought to you by the good folks at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program.

    The Young Farmer Business Program is creating opportunities for young farmers and fishers to enter into or expand their existing businesses by helping them improve their business skills.

    The Young Farmer Business Program has been funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries to deliver a multifaceted approach to help young farmers and fishers. Our program is providing access to new business ideas, tools, products and services relevant to young farmers and fishers.

    For more information on the Young Farmer Business Program please visit https://www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au/

    To view the failed Rabobank 'pitch' that Olympia mentions in the podcast, visit https://youtu.be/EGeH_jPrzHg

    • 23 min
    Angus Maurice and the branding breakthrough

    Angus Maurice and the branding breakthrough

    In this episode, Angus Maurice from Farmer Brown's Pastured Eggs talks us through how a few changes in the way they viewed and presented their business has had an incredible impact on their bottom line.

    Based in Central West New South Wales, Farmer Brown's is a family affair, with Angus' brother, sister and parents all involved in the daily operations. They also have a dedicated team of maremma working dogs who act as loyal guards to the free roaming chickens.

    These days the operation is slick and successful, but there were some shaky years in the first few years. As Angus explains, the breakthrough came when they stopped trying to sell their eggs and instead started to sell their brand.

    The change has meant more time curating their social media accounts and more people who are prepared to pay a premium for their eggs. Luckily the exceptionally cute guard dogs are naturals in front of a camera.

    Propagate is proudly brought to you by the good eggs at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program.

    The Young Farmer Business Program is creating opportunities for young farmers and fishers to enter into or expand their existing businesses by helping them improve their business skills.

    The Young Farmer Business Program has been funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries to deliver a multifaceted approach to help young farmers and fishers. Our program is providing access to new business ideas, tools, products and services relevant to young farmers and fishers.

    For more information on the Young Farmer Business Program please visit https://www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au/

    • 20 min
    Jarrod and Emma Amery have faith in farming

    Jarrod and Emma Amery have faith in farming

    In this episode, husband and wife team Jarrod and Emma Amery welcome us onto their farm outside of Forbes, NSW.

    While both Jarrod and Emma grew up amongst farming, it took them a long time for them to find the perfect farm to call their own. Location was obviously one crucial consideration to finding the right property, but equally important was finding one with a house large enough for them and their six young children.

    Now that they have their 'dream' farm, there's just the simple little things to worry about - making a profit, keeping the bank manager happy and dealing with a period of drought.

    They also discuss how faith plays an important role in their lives, what it's like working as a team and how time away from the farm can be the best way to be productive on the farm and in the community.

    Propagate is proudly brought to you by the good folks at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program.

    The Young Farmer Business Program is creating opportunities for young farmers and fishers to enter into or expand their existing businesses by helping them improve their business skills.

    The Young Farmer Business Program has been funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries to deliver a multifaceted approach to help young farmers and fishers. Our program is providing access to new business ideas, tools, products and services relevant to young farmers and fishers.

    For more information on the Young Farmer Business Program please visit https://www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au/

    • 18 min
    For Heath Cook, failure is not an option

    For Heath Cook, failure is not an option

    This episode we set the alarm clock for an early start with Heath Cook, a dairy farmer from Dorrigo in the Northern Tablelands of NSW.

    It's a long way from the mines where he spent the first two decades of his working life. But when the fly-in-fly-out mining lifestyle began to keep him away from home for long stretches, it was time to ignore the advice of a financial planner and invest their life savings in a dairy farm.

    Despite having no experience working on or running a dairy farm.

    Fortunately for the Cook family, Heath didn't believe that failure was an option.

    So after years of hard work and learning from the helpful locals, Heath is now no longer a miner who became a dairy farmer; he's a dairy farmer who once worked in the mining industry.

    Propagate is proudly brought to you by the good folks at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program.

    The Young Farmer Business Program is creating opportunities for young farmers and fishers to enter into or expand their existing businesses by helping them improve their business skills.

    The Young Farmer Business Program has been funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries to deliver a multifaceted approach to help young farmers and fishers. Our program is providing access to new business ideas, tools, products and services relevant to young farmers and fishers.

    For more information on the Young Farmer Business Program please visit https://www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au/

    • 20 min
    Bodie and Rachel Hill and the power of perception

    Bodie and Rachel Hill and the power of perception

    In this episode, Bodie and Rachel Hill discuss the ups and downs of living and working in one of the most remote parts of the state. Their property, Waka Station is near Cameron Corner at the border between New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. More than three hours hours away from the nearest town, the pair consider their patch of land an oasis.

    But making a living from the land isn't always easy, and the pair speak candidly about their struggles with mental health and the challenges that experiencing depression can have on not just the family relationship, but the farm and the business.

    Rather than being overwhelmed by the black dog, Bodie and Rachel embraced the opportunity to re-evaluate their life and their business, and shift their focus to positive elements in their life. They say the shift in perspective towards their lifestyle ultimately had a beneficial impact on their business.

    The pair also discuss their complicated relationship with social media - how their approach to platforms such as Facebook has evolved over the years to become more about presenting life on the land honestly, rather than picture perfect selfies.

    Propagate is proudly brought to you by the good folks at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Program.

    The Young Farmer Business Program is creating opportunities for young farmers and fishers to enter into or expand their existing businesses by helping them improve their business skills.

    The Young Farmer Business Program has been funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries to deliver a multifaceted approach to help young farmers and fishers. Our program is providing access to new business ideas, tools, products and services relevant to young farmers and fishers.

    For more information on the Young Farmer Business Program please visit https://www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au/

    If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety or depression, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit http://beyondblue.org.au/

    • 22 min

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