National farming hub.
Distance is a fact of life in regional and country areas, and it can play a big part in the work you do. Airlie Landale faced up to this when she moved 600kms to live on her partners farm.
Although Airlie had quite a few achievements under her belt already, including a Masters of Food and Resource Economics; Bachelor Commerce/Arts in Political Science; and NSW Rural Young Achiever 2015; work was limited in her new location and options had to be explored.
The Farm Table website had started four years earlier as a hobby project after hours, while Airlie was working full-time for an agricultural company. The idea was to gather all the useful information together for the varied demands on farms and farmers in the one place. After leaving that employment to move to her new home, Airlie decided that developing Farm Table as a professional enterprise was well worth looking into.
“I had three years of positive market research and I was keen to start to respond to the opportunity in a more dedicated way,” says Airlie.
After looking at funding options to help develop the business, the NEIS training program was attractive to Airlie for the combination of training and financial support. In 2017 Airlie Trescowthick started NEIS with Wodonga TAFE.
“With NEIS, the one-on-one meetings and mentoring were extremely beneficial as they were both insightful and kept me accountable to my plan. I was able to take a holistic and realistic view of the business,” says Airlie.
Launching the Farm Table website at the end of 2017 was a major step. This brought in key partners and sponsorships, helping to build even more function and information into the platform.
The site connects producers to agricultural resources, research, events, courses, agtech, and, to each other via the Farmer Exchange. The AgLibrary has over 2,600 resources and is growing every day and the AgFunding and AgEvents databases are the largest repositories of their kind in the country.
The Farmer Exchange was recently launched and already has over 1,000 registrations and 100 questions asked within the community. The new AgTech Hub enables producers to compare and contrast software and equipment options in order to aid their investment decisions in an increasingly busy market.
Farm Table has become one of the largest sites in the Agricultural industry, with new members signing up daily. Meeting with farmers and agricultural students who are using and getting value from the platform is great encouragement for Airlie. Knowledge and insights about an industry that spans the country are together in one resource; making the working day easier for others and more rewarding for Airlie.
If you have a new business idea, take the first step to self-employment with free NEIS training. NEIS is an Australian Government sponsored new business training program, to assist with self-employment. Use the postcode finder for your local provider and contact them for a chat.