In many rural areas, it’s almost impossible to find people with trades that will drive the distances to do work. At the same time there are tens of thousands of grey nomads, holiday makers, tradies on holiday, even backpackers who have skills that are willing to help but just don’t know where their help could be best put to use.
Back in 2014 Charles and Tracy Alder spoke with farmers who had received help from the Buy a Bale campaign but were now looking for tradie help. After Brisbane had the mud army after the 2011 floods , why not create a Farm Army we thought?
Today the Farm Army is over 15,000 people strong with volunteers registered from all over the world to help out of rural communities with a target of 100,000 registered volunteers by 2022.
Since the Farm Army was created thousands of volunteers have performed Farm Rescue’s , Community Rescues, One day corporate volunteering days and some have made their way around Australia on their own providing valuable support to farmers and rural communities. While most have worked in drought areas as it has been the predominant natural disaster, some have also worked in flood and fire affected areas of Australia.
Each week thousands of farm jobs are emailed and sms’d to Farm Army members.
If you’re a farmer and you have a job that needs doing, List it with us.
If you have skills and are interested in offering your time, a bit of sweat and are keen to meet some great outback / rural people, register for our Job Notifications emails in the sidebar to the right or click here.