Future Farmers Foundation is a small dedicated foundation that provides platforms from which young men and women in agriculture and farming in general can become successful commercial farm managers or farmers in their own right. We have initiated an apprenticeship system that places learners on farms where they gain experience, starting from the bottom and learning a large variety of skills from the most menial tasks to tractor driving, operating milking machines, control of irrigation systems, dairy herd management and leadership skills. Starting on the lowest wage, these apprentices work their way up as their skills and abilities improve. The apprentices are evaluated by their employers and by an independent labour specialist.
After a year or two of practical experience, the apprentices who excel in their work may be selected to do a years’ internship overseas. In Europe, Australia and the USA, the apprentices are exposed to very high working standards and very different cultures. They learn more about the world they live in and understand what makes a top farming operation successful. They are exposed to a work ethic that is both new and of great value to them. They learn new and valuable skills which can set these young people up for success and enable them to be leaders in their communities. The program is a very carefully co-ordinated programme which is designed to deliver skills to young people from other countries (with students so far being mentored in Germany, the USA and Australia). The concept is for them to learn advanced skills, during the course of a year, and take them back to their home countries to the benefit of the communities that they represent.
This fits perfectly into the whole ethic of the Future Farmer Project as we want the boys and girls to experience a new country, be exposed to other cultures and ways of life, and of course to learn farming skills and the outstanding work ethic that is part of each countries’ farming community.
TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE STUDENTS, WE ARE LOOKING FOR FARMERS
TO TAKE ON OUR APPRENTICES, AND WOULD WELCOME ANY ENQUIRIES.
“It is up to the apprentices and interns to make the most of the opportunities offered to them and make
their way to the top; this can be accomplished based on integrity, attitude and ability.“
- Judy Stuart on her book Your Future Our Future
(Her book is available for R150)
The requirements for joining the Program
Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for Future farmers Membership:
• They should be between 18-26 years of age
• They should be passionate about farming
• They should have a responsible attitude towards work
• They should not be married nor have children
• They should not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs
• They should not have a criminal record