Farmers Friends workshop
Farmers friends is all about connecting farmers from all over Australia in a supportive and educational environment over 2 days and nights. We engage on topics such as holistic farm management, pasture succession and landscape diversity, breeding, diversification, biodynamics, consumer needs and going organic. The group also share on their farming experience, isolation, community, goals and expectations, vision, farm and family management, and the wellbeing of our mental self.
The idea for Farmers friends came about in Charlie Arnott's kitchen in Beautiful Boorowa one night over a bottle of plonk. I had delivered two bee hives to Charlie that morning for his property Hanaminno Station, a bio-dynamic farm that exudes an energy of peace and harmony with the land around it. We discussed the need for mentoring in the farming community and the reward that comes from celebrating our story.
In 2017 we had nine farmers from all over New South Wales and as far as Central Queensland attend the three day event facilitated by myself, Tommy Herschell and hosted by Charlie Arnott and family at his property Hannamino Station, Boorowa. Each farmer found the event inspiring, rewarding, and refreshing. Sitting around the fire in the shearing shed the men got talking. The facilitated activities took the men through a diverse menu of conversation starters. Some talked wives and kids, others financial strain, some talked suicide, stock loss, and drought. For two days the conversation didn't stop, many of the men saying they hadn't shared their farming experience before, certainly not in an environment where honesty, vulnerability, and healing co-existed. One man went as far as to say the weekend 'saved his life'.
Start the conversation workshop
Start the conversation is a 2 hour workshop built around connecting to your story. The workshop aims to break down the stigma that telling your mate your 'doin it tough' to a mate is a burden. It identifies that within all of us we have a desire to talk, to share, to be vulnerable. As fella's, we take the easy road, we shift the attention. 'Start the conversation' creates a safe environment for fellas to have a beer, a feed, and a conversation that rebuilds the ability to step out and have an honest yarn.
Tommy Herschell - 0401 159 636