When you look after yourself you’re looking after your farm too. Farming is a job with a unique set of challenges – many are hard to predict or control.
These challenges and pressures aren’t going to disappear. That’s why developing habits that help you perform at your best are so important.
That’s where Farmstrong comes in. Farmstrong shares farmer-to-farmer tips, supported and informed by wellbeing science so the rural community can cope better with the ups and downs of farming.
Farmers and growers are the most important asset on the farm. Developing small but regular habits that invest in your wellbeing means you will have plenty to draw on during challenging times.
Farmstrong helps farmers identify areas they want to work on and lock in changes they want to make. Farmstrong collaborates and partners with individuals and organisations to educate, inform, inspire and motivate. Farmstrong understands where farmers and growers are at and offers practical ways to help them make improvements. They do this through:
Farming is in Ian Handcock’s blood. As a teenager in the 1980s, he grew up on a hilly, beef farm on the Coromandel Peninsula during a time when the farming subsidies had been removed.
Stephen Anderson is no stranger to hard work. He used to be a small fruit grower in Hastings, running his own orchards, as well as working at TaylorCorp, a large fruit-growing, packing and exporting company. Work weeks of up to 70 hours were not uncommon.
After years working on the sea and the land, Tony Anderson sees mental distress as a normal life experience.