Lo­cal farm­ers pull to­gether

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - ABBY BROWN

‘‘I have been helped out a lot in the past and this is me pay­ing all those good deeds for­ward.’’

Mem­bers of an on­line farming group, in­clud­ing a Mata­mata couple, have been help­ing each through tough times.

NZ Farm­ers mem­bers have al­ready been help­ing each other by offering free milk­ings to those who were feel­ing stressed, tak­ing a box of beer around to them and lend­ing an ear to those who needed it.

This in­spired a Mata­mata couple, Lin and Greg Miller, to open their home to other dairy farm­ers who can’t af­ford a hol­i­day.

Lin made the of­fer on the pri­vate face­book page, NZ Farm­ers. She asked ‘‘Who out there is des­per­ate for a break but can’t af­ford it?’’

She of­fered their spare room and home cooked evening meals to any­one who would like to visit the Waikato.

This is not the first time the couple have opened their home to oth­ers.

They have a wall of pho­tos of peo­ple who have hol­i­dayed at their home. She said oth­ers had helped them in times of need.

‘‘I have been helped out a lot in the past and this is me pay­ing all those good deeds for­ward,’’ she said.

Lin en­cour­aged farm­ers to join the NZ Farm­ers page or other pages like Farming Mums to net­work and gain sup­port.

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