Sunraysia is next – Young Farmer Business Bootcamp

Young Farmer Business Bootcamp

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Local member of Agriculture Victoria’s Young Farmers Advisory Council, Jennifer Zappia, is encouraging young farmers to sign up for the Sunraysia Young Farmer Business Bootcamp coming in August.

The bootcamp gives anyone in a farm business position the opportunity to enhance their financial skills, and directly apply this in their everyday management.

“It is fantastic that Agriculture Victoria is supporting the growth of agriculture in our region, by providing accessible support to young farmers, who are undoubtedly the future of Victorian agriculture,” Ms Zappia said.

This bootcamp is hosted by Agriculture Victoria with funding support from LaunchVic, and support from Mildura Regional Partnership, SuniTAFE and Northern Mallee Leaders.

What do people learn at a bootcamp?

Targeted at young farmers, or those new to managing a farm business, participants can expect to improve their understanding of profit and loss, cash flow budgeting, balance sheets, gross margins, planning for and managing risks, as well as financial planning and analysis.

When is the bootcamp?

Bootcamp will be delivered on Tuesday 27 August and Tuesday 17 September. Optional follow up session to be confirmed with participants at the bootcamp.

Where is the bootcamp?

SuniTAFE’s Cardross SMART farm campus, 161 Dairtnunk Avenue, Irymple.

Who is delivering the Young Farmer Business Bootcamp?

The bootcamp will be delivered by Gavin Beever, Principal Consultant with Cumbre Consultants.

Please view Gavin’s Meet the Expert profile on the extensionAUS™ Young Farmer Business Network.

Do I have to bring anything?

No. Morning tea and lunch will be provided with tea and coffee available throughout the day. You will be provided with a hard copy of the manual and a USB with the templates included for you to work on after the session.

Do I need to bring a laptop/tablet?

No. You can bring a laptop/tablet/device if you wish but it isn’t required, the majority of past bootcamp participants haven’t used one in the course.

Do I have to do pre-bootcamp work/preparation?

There is no pre-course work to complete as a part of the bootcamp.  We give you the tools during bootcamp to take home and apply to your own business.

Do I need to share/provide my personal financial information?

No. There is no requirement to bring your personal financial records. We will work through relevant case study examples in the course and there will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Can I bring my baby?

Yes, babies are welcome and have attended bootcamps in the past.

Toddlers/Children are welcome to attend but they will need to be supervised at all times.

Please discuss any requirements you may have with our Young Farmer Coordinator, Sarah Wallis.

I don’t fit into the ‘young farmer’ category, can I still attend a Young Farmer Business Bootcamp?

Yes you can. The bootcamp is targeted at young farmers or those new to managing a horticulture business in the Sunraysia area. There is no age limit as the bootcamp focuses on level of experience.

Do I have to pay?

No. There is no charge for the Young Farmer Business Bootcamp.

How do I register?

Create an account and register for this event at

What happens if I can only attend one day?

It is preferable that you attend both days. You can talk to Sarah Wallis about options if you really cannot attend both days.

Will you be running other bootcamps?

Agriculture Victoria delivers Young Farmer Business Bootcamps across Victoria.

Keep an eye on the Young Farmer Business Network Facebook page for dates. Contact Sarah Wallis if you would like a bootcamp delivered in your town.

Here’s what past bootcamp participants had to say about their experience:

‘The workshop was highly engaging and helped me develop a business plan for my own business’.

‘Great course, increase my understanding of financial risk and strategic planning’.

Further Information

If you can’t make it to one of our bootcamps, we urge you to visit the Young Farmer Business Network website and join the Facebook group, where you will have access to a wide range of resources.

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