Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content out there and the frustrations and time taken to find agricultural resources and opportunities, the Farm Table idea was first borne back in 2014. Three years of testing, learning and developing later, the Farm Table 2.0 launched in November 2017. Learn more about why the Farm Table was developed here.
In the beginning of 2018, Airlie travelled across Australia as part of a national roadshow to introduce producers to the Farmer Exchange and to farmer gather feedback before launching in late 2018. The team visited NSW (Riverina, Central West and Northern NSW), South Western Victoria, Southern QLD, Tasmania and the Great South region of WA. Learn more about why the Farmer Exchange was developed here.
We visited and met with farmers at the following locations and dates.
AgFest LAUNCESTON, Tas
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Beef Australia ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
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WE ALSO BROADCAST OUR WAGGA EVENT LIVE ONLINE.
"I hope that the Farmer Exchange will be an active, evolving community of open and honest Australians. I hope that questioners feel comfortable in asking any questions, remembering that no question is silly.
I hope that the Exchange reinvigorates parts of the Australian agricultural community that feel isolated; that they know and feel part of a community that champions their success and shares their failures. May it stir a sense of belonging.
May it be a safe place for sharing. And may it be a passionate community with one driver – the success of Australian agriculture."
Aimee Snowden (Fodder Production & Little BRICK Pastoral, Tocumwal, NSW)
"I’m always seeking advice from experts and more experienced farmers to guide and assist and ensure I’m going in the right direction. The Farmer eXchange will open up the farming world exponentially for me, and many others.
I also like that it will enable older and more experienced farmers to contribute and share their knowledge, particularly those like me who may have a fear of public speaking. There aren’t a heap of avenues for these members of our community to share what they have learnt, particularly if they live in isolated areas or aren’t comfortable with the attention that speaking at an event comes with."
Hugh Landale Mixed Farming & Livestock, Pretty Pine, NSW)
"We really have a need to make agricultural 'community knowledge – the knowledge you use every day that another farmer might not know, or those tricks that Grandad taught me, whatever – accessible in today’s mobile/online environment.
Never have I ever met a dumb farmer, nor a farmer who doesn’t help out his mates.
This is a way to bring our smarts and our support into 2018, and stand tall next to the mining, “fin-tech” and other industries.
If we are not out of our depth and seeking new opportunities and asking questions, we will stagnate.”
Carissa Wolfe (Organic Dairy, Mid North Coast, NSW)
"I see real value in digital networks as a tool to provide peer support and capacity building for the development of a sustainable agriculture industry.
Farming has historically been such an individual and isolating pursuit. Being able to build connections and peer-support through digital platforms offers huge benefits to the success of the industry and to the health and wellbeing of our farming community.
If we are separated we can’t tackle industry issues in unison. We have a real change to rally farmers together and push for solidarity as an industry."
Joel Orchard (Market Gardener, Future Feeders, Northern Rivers, NSW)
"What drew me to this project is the fact that it has not been done before and its ease of use will enable an online community for farmers where they can feel comfortable to ask questions and receive ideas that could enhance their farm businesses.
To have this resource available to you, so you to get instant feedback from other farmers all over Australia is priceless.
It doesn’t matter if you are in an isolated rural community, you always have a specialist/neighbour on the Farmer eXchange who you can share and bounce ideas off."
Josh Small (Mixed Farming & Livestock, Deniliquin, NSW)
“If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room!” Marissa Meyer
Often I hear farmers of all ages say that it doesn’t matter how old they get, or how many years they’ve been farming, they are always learning something new. That is one of the many exciting things about the Farmer Exchange concept – not only do we all have something to contribute, but no matter who we are we will find value from learning from others.
The Exchange enables an opportunity for farmers regardless of their geographical location or what their role or farming system is to connect, contribute and collaborate.
Lauren Peterson (Dairy Farmer, Boorcan, Vic)
"Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a farmer. I am lucky enough to have been doing the job I love for 20+ years and will continue to do it for many years to come.
I got involved in the Farmer Exchange project after seeing the Farm Table website. It is something I see as a great opportunity to enable farmers from all levels to be able to communicate and learn. I am excited to be part of it.
I see it as a great way of reaching a broad range of people of varying experience with any question you may have, it will also give me the chance to help other agricultural people with any questions they may have."
Matthew Young (Horticulture and Livestock, East Sassafras, Tas)
"I am lucky here with the connections and relationships I have built over the years with trusted advisors that are key to our operation here. I call on these guys for advice a lot. I also have a great circle of friends, that I can throw ideas off and ask questions.
However, I can easily see that not everyone is as fortunate as I am in this regard, and therefore when I heard about the Farmer Exchange , I saw it as an exciting opportunity for farmers to share their own knowledge, ideas and experience with younger and less experienced farmers, who are keen and eager to learn, however haven’t got those networks readily available to them."
David Armstrong (Broadacre Cropping & Livestock, Junee, NSW)
Lewis Johnstone (Broadacre Cropping, Williams, WA)
Tegan Bathgate (Beef Production, Clermont, Qld)
Stuart Austin (Beef Production, Hernani, NSW)
Airlie Trescowthick (Mixed Farming and Farm Table)