Hey everyone, fantastic to see the discussion growing.
I've taken some time this weekend to try to consolidate my thoughts into a quick presentation.
In short I think there are a few overlapping challenges here that might be best served by different solutions. A multi-pronged attack might be warranted.
1. Open marketplace for on-farm education. (see attachment) The farmers path - low res.pdf (2.8 MB)
Essentially a digital portal where all the farm tours, workshops, courses, training and internships in Australia are listed. People can easily search, read reviews and register. Wannabe farmers could create their own 'learning pathway' through many different learning opportunities.
The same portal could help farmers who are thinking about hosting interns etc with toolkits, legal help, EH&S, Insurance, best practice etc etc.
2. More learning content
I'd love to be part of conversations around more content for teaching young farmers. This could be a Rhodale equivalent in Aus, or a whole raft of different ideas. I think the more the merrier in this camp. And would looove to explore ideas with everyone.
3. A young organic/regenerative farmers association
Joel at Deep Winter made a good point around Australia having lots of small organisations doing great work in this area all over the country. But nothing unifying them together, like 'Greenhorns' in the US. So perhaps there is also scope for something in this space?
I'm super keen to hear any feedback or thoughts around the quick presentation I put together to address option 1. I suspect the revenue model could be pretty marginal in the early years, so might need to rely on sponsorship etc?
Any and all thoughts are much welcomed. I'd love to throw this into the world and see if we can collectively get something off the ground.