World’s first farmer incubator launched

Cultivator is Australia’s first farm investment incubator.

An initiative of Cultivate Farms, Cultivator matches the next generation of aspiring farmers with farm investors to own and operate a farm together.

Sam Marwood, Cultivate Farms Managing Director says Cultivator has a farm investor ready to back the best aspiring farmer to co-own a farm with them.

“The Cultivate Farms team have met with hundreds of aspiring farmers whose dreams of owning and running their own farm have been squashed, because they don’t have access to the millions of dollars needed to buy a farm,” Sam said.

Sam Marwood, Cultivate Farms Managing Director. Photo: Supplied.

Australian Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said encouraging new finance into the agricultural sector was important for growth and to promote new and different ways of thinking.

“This sort of financial innovation can give the next generation of farmers an opportunity to co- own a farm with an investor. It is ideas like this that will help the Australian agriculture industry reach $100 billion in 2030.”

Claire Coates, along with her husband Marc, are the farmers who were matched to a farm investor, for the first iteration of Cultivator in 2017. She says that the barriers to young people owning farms are complex.

Claire Coates. Photo: Supplied.

“We knew that we wanted to own our own farm,” Claire said.

“Through approaching our dream to own a farm like an entrepreneur, Cultivator made it possible to value of farm opportunity and pitch this directly to a farm investor. Cultivator is an amazing opportunity for any aspiring farmer who wants to realise their farm ownership dreams.”

For more information about Cultivator visit www.cultivatefarms.com/cultivator.

Applications from aspiring farmers are open now and close 30 October 2019.

Cultivate Farms

Cultivate Farms is a social enterprise which matches the best next generation aspiring farmers with retiring farmers and investors to own and operate a farm together.

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