The South­ern Dirt Young Farm­ers Net­work is con­nect­ing ru­ral youth and re­veal­ing the faces be­hind the fu­ture of our farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties. It will host its se­cond an­nual ball near Kojonup this week­end.

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

The South­ern Dirt Young Farm­ers Net­work is con­nect­ing ru­ral youth and giving the faces be­hind the fu­ture of our farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties the ul­ti­mate sup­port net­work.

The Kojonup-based branch of es­tab­lished grower group South­ern Dirt be­gan in Oc­to­ber, 2016 and will host its se­cond ball next week.

Co-or­di­na­tor Caro­line House said a range of ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial events, in­clud­ing the up­com­ing SDYF Se­cret Gar­den Ball, aimed to bring together like-minded peo­ple from the re­gions.

“In terms of the so­cial events, it’s a chance to get away from the stresses of the in­dus­try/life gen­er­ally with like-minded peo­ple,” Ms House said.

“In terms of the ed­u­ca­tional events, it’s a chance for us, be­ing young ru­ral youth, to ob­tain tai­lored and tar­geted in­for­ma­tion or knowl­edge.

“There’s a lot of groups out there, in­clud­ing sport­ing clubs, which all play their role but we want to be able to bring all young peo­ple together from all over re­gional ar­eas.”

The black tie ball is one of many events the group holds through­out the year, in­clud­ing an an­nual sun­downer and ed­u­ca­tional events.

Ms House said the ball would take place in Bosca­bel, north of Kojonup, on Sat­ur­day, July 7, with tick­ets avail­able on­line.

“We have a live band com­ing down and a DJ too,” she said.

“(There will be) food from Pael­la2u, as well as a graz­ing ta­ble and a bunch of lo­cals help­ing us out on the bar, with the food and pho­tog­ra­phy.

“The event is for ev­ery­one who has or wants to have any­thing to do with the agri­cul­tural

in­dus­try or ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.”

Funds raised on the night will go to the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

Mem­ber­ship of SDYF is avail­able on­line and mem­bers gain first ac­cess and in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing events.

Tick­ets to the ball and mem­ber­ships can be pur­chased at www.try­book­ing.com/WJHU or through the South­ern Dirt Young Farmer Net­work Face­book page.

South­ern Dirt Young Farm­ers Net­work are hold­ing a ball next week.

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