ALFA 2019 welcomed farmers and agricultural role players from all walks of life and there was something for everyone. On 19 September the Future Farmers workshop gave those interested in becoming farmers the opportunity to learn more about a programme that makes this possible. The Future Farmers Foundation is a non-profit organisation that opens doors to future farmers through mentorships and internships abroad.
At the workshop Isabel Boshoff of Future Farmers said that candidates younger than 26 can get between two and five years’ experience on a local commercial farm, after which they could complete a one-year internship on an international farm. The latter is to offer exposure to technological advancements that are not yet commonplace on South African farms. As a farmer you need to know how every aspect of your farm works, which is why she emphasised the fact that participants start at the very bottom to get the experience they need. During the workshop delegates were introduced to the programme’s ins and outs.
One of the founders of Future Farmers, Ross Stuart, explained why they started the foundation and previous participants shared their experiences. The Future Farmers team also saw the workshop at ALFA as an opportunity to interview two new applicants in the Free State area. Boshoff manages their latest office that recently opened in Kroonstad. The other offices are located in Howick and Paarl. – Ursula Human, agriOrbit
For more information visit www.futurefarmersfoundation.com.