NZ Young Farmers (NZYF) is a non-profit organisation with a focus on connecting communities and helping to grow future leaders.
It operates a network of almost 80 NZYF clubs across the country, each with their own identity and community spirit. They are backed by a national organisation, which is governed by an eight-member board.
The clubs are progressive and provide a venue for young people to develop their leadership and personal skills. They’re a place where members can network with like-minded individuals and make friends for life.
People don’t need to be a farmer to join - all they need is a passion for the primary industries.
NZYF is a participation-based organisation and all members are encouraged to be active in their clubs’ activities and to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.
The organisation runs the iconic FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest, along with stock judging, clay target shooting, fencing and debating competitions.
In 2017 NZYF took ownership of a 74-hectare dairy farm in Auckland. It was gifted to the organisation by the late Donald Pearson. The farm’s location provides an unrivalled opportunity to get urban students excited about career prospects in the agri-food sector. Its future as an educational farm is being mapped out.
NZYF has a well-respected national engagement team, which is mainly made up of former teachers, who work in schools to get students and teachers excited about opportunities in the primary industries. It runs Get Ahead careers days, popular Teachers’ Day Out events, and provides free cross-curricular teaching resources through www.agrication.co.nz
NZYF also operates a growing network of TeenAg clubs in high schools across New Zealand. The clubs are designed to help attract students into the agri-food sector and hone their leadership skills.
Each year more than 1,000 students participate in regional and grand finals of TeenAg and the AgriKidsNZ competitions.
Our vision: Connecting Communities, Growing our Future
Our purpose: To nurture and connect the next generation to ensure the future success of the primary industry
There is a number of programmes under the NZYF umbrella:
NZYF also runs the 'Get Ahead' programme, educating youth about careers in the primary industries:
Why do people join New Zealand Young Farmers?
Annual membership includes:
- Quarterly NZYF magazine “Muster News”
- Fortnightly e-newsletter "Hotwire"
- Member’s only scholarships, competitions and discounts at various outlets
- Free entry into the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Contest
- Free entry into NZYF competitions
- Discounted rates to NZYF club events
Personal and professional development
In addition to fun social activities clubs often organise skill building activities or take advantage of the Kickstart programme for personal and professional development.
- Learn practical and knowledge-based skills such as:
- farm safety
- 4wd training
- stock judging
- financial management
- business development
- best industry practices
The list goes on...!
New Zealand Young Farmers Members aiding in the Canterbury Earthquake Clean-up