A group of farmers go to town

The Dunedin City Young Farmers Club is revived. Journalist Shawn McAvinue speaks with Morgan Ramsay, President of Young Farmers Otago Southland, Balfour.

Q: What is the history of the club?

We’re not 100% sure, it’s something we’re looking into. We know there was a club because a farmer found an old club banner in his shed by Lee Stream. I think the Dunedin club slowly climbed the hill to Strath Taieri.

Q: Why did the Dunedin club decide to relaunch?

We’ve had people approach us to revive it – like students from the University of Otago, rural professionals working in Dunedin, including bankers and staff at Silver Fern Farms, and people raised in farms that work outside the agricultural sector in other roles in the city. . We were blown away, over 20 people came to most events and we already have a dozen registered members. There’s heaps of potential.

Q: What types of events are organised?

They had a casual meeting and a few events, including bowling in Roslyn and having a drink. They are now moving into their formal structures of monthly meetings. Select committee members will be selected at an annual meeting next month.

Q: Can a club with rural roots work in the city?

There are urban clubs across New Zealand including Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland – they just operate in a different way with a different purpose, but still with those rural roots. Young Farmers is about bringing like-minded people together.

Q: What is the age limit for club membership and do you need a rural link?

No, just a common interest in the rural community. The club is open to members between the age of leaving high school and 31 years old.

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