Monday 12th April, 2021 @ 5pm

Farming Together is excited to release our first podcast in the series, Future proofing your farm using a collaborative approach.

Growing the organic growers of tomorrow with a co-operative model is Harcourt Organic Farming Co-operative. In this first episode Amanda Scott chats to Hugh and Katie Finlay of Harcourt Organic Farming Co-operative.

Realising as they aged, they could not physically continue with all the farm work required, Katie and Hugh formed a co-operative that would not only ensure the farm’s continued productivity, it would also help mentor the next generation of farmers and offer them greater lease security. The farm includes five enterprises on site: including a dairy, orchard, market garden, fruit tree nursery and the Grow Great Fruit online teaching business.

The couple share their secrets to making it work: from negotiating watertight contracts to building community and trust among its members.

Listen to the first episode externally through our Farming Together podcast channel. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts here.

Learn more about Harcourt Organic Farming Co-operative:

TRANSCRIPT: Future proofing your farm using a collaborative approach


Katie & Hugh Finlay

Hugh and Katie Finlay, organic orchardists and educators established the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op (HOFC) through the Farming Together Program. HOFC is a collaboration of diverse organic farmers who lease land on Katie and Hugh’s farm in Harcourt. This new generation of farmers is passionate about learning their craft, feeding their community, and making direct and meaningful connections with their customers, for example through Community Supported Agriculture. The aim of HOFC is to make the farm as productive and profitable as possible, within a collaborative framework and using regenerative and organic principles. Hugh and Katie reckon this new way of farming will be good for retiring farmers who want to step back from active farming but don’t want to sell the family farm, for emerging farmers who want to get started but can’t afford land, and for customers who are yearning for a connection to the farmers who produce their food.