Empowering the Future of Agriculture
Future Farmers Foundation is committed to equipping passionate young individuals with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to excel in the agricultural industry and make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.
The Future Farmers Foundation was established by Judy Stuart in 2006. During her years as a dairy farmer, Judy had the opportunity to meet many young people from rural communities with a passion for farming, but with no financial means to support their interest. She knew that with the right structures in place, apprenticeships on farms would allow disadvantaged youth to step up onto the ladder of education and work experience which could transform their lives. The Future Farmers Foundation gained NPO status in 2011.
Today, Future Farmers places learners on farms through an apprenticeship system where they gain valuable experience. 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 a Future Farmers mentor.
After the practical experience, the apprentices who excel in their work may be selected to do a years’ internship abroad, where they are exposed to high quality work standards and work ethics, which will enable them to become future leaders in their communities.
The programme offers 12-month internships in countries that include Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. The goal is for the interns to learn advanced skills and learn about different cultures and countries. They return to South Africa to the benefit of their communities, agriculture at large, and of course their personal careers.