SAGE’s Stepping Stone Farm enterprise is progressing quickly!
Our next step is to buy or negotiate a long-term lease on 5 to 10 acres of good arable land suitable for vegetable growing. The land should be within 30km of Moruya and have a secure water supply and northerly aspect. SAGE will invest in infrastructure on the land which will be developed as a working market garden.
Stepping Stone Farm will be a training farm for new growers, offering opportunities to develop the skills and experience required to run a successful farm enterprise. The farm will be developed as a social enterprise that creates jobs and contributes to securing Eurobodalla’s food supply through growing a new generation of local farmers.
The average age of farmers in Australia is now over 65. Finding agriculture labor is increasingly difficult as more workers are leaving the field than entering it. Farming is on the verge of a workforce crisis. Only a small percentage of agricultural land in NSW is being used productively. There are currently no experiential and practical programs to teach young people how to farm. Stepping Stone Farm will fill a need for practical agricultural learning and remove the barriers to entering an agricultural career.
At Stepping Stone Farm, aspiring market growers will learn relevant and practical skills in a low risk environment. They will be mentored by an experienced practitioner, learning how to operate a food producing business build connections with their community, and explore market.
If you have suitable land ready for a long-term lease or sale, please contact:
Mark Barraclough – 0412 689 075 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Walsh – 0431 105 691 | email@example.com
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