Lifestyle Farming Courses

Lifestyle Farming Courses conduct introductory courses for people interested in a rural lifestyle who may not have an agricultural background or experience.

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Hands-on workshops

Our farming workshops range in topics from an introduction to farm ownership, including property location, type of enterprise, finances and budgets, to workshops focused on machinery operation, fencing, vegetables, viticulture and livestock management including cattle, sheep, horses, poultry and alpacas.

The courses are introductory, provide the concepts of farm management in a range of topics, are of a short duration and conducted on working properties with hands-on involvement.

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“On Farm” Advisory Services

Lifestyle Farming Courses provide “On Farm” advisory services to inform, guide and assist both prospective and current small farm landholders.

Advise is available on various subjects such as; livestock management, infrastructure (including sheds, fencing, stock yards, water storage etc), pastures, weeds, machinery and implements, farm safety, biosecurity and a range of other topics, delivered in the environment that is specific and most relevant to you.

As neutral and informed advisors, we provide pre and post purchase property inspections where you have the opportunity to ask questions on what you intend to do with the land and then gain advise on the potential feasibility of your ‘dream’ farming venture on your property of choice.

Supported by our “hands on” farming courses, we aim to provide you with information and direction to assist you with decision making and understanding the responsibilities and commitment towards farm ownership and management.

“Our advice draws on personal experience and agricultural training”.

For more information contact: Paul Gibson


Ideal for hobby farmers

If you have a lifestyle property or are thinking of becoming a hobby farmer, our short farming courses provide the general knowledge and practical training you need to get started and avoid the most common mistakes. We cover:

  • Basic farming principles
  • What to consider before purchasing a rural lifestyle farming property
  • Machinery operation, selection and use
  • Livestock management, including cattle, sheep, alpacas, bees, horses or poultry
  • Farm safety, including machinery, power tools, chemicals and general risk management practices
  • Seasonal vegetable production for home use
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