Stratford Press

Young Farmers Club keeps growing

National membership award for Inglewood club after numbers rise to 40 from 10 foundation members

- Alyssa Smith

The Inglewood Young Farmers Club has quadrupled in numbers. Chairman Josh Evershed says the club started with 10 members, with five of those members consistent­ly attending events.

“Now we have over 40 people who are part of our club, with the peak of the growth happening last year.”

New Zealand Young Farmers is a non-profit organisati­on aimed at connecting young people in primary industries. The first club was establishe­d in 1927 and now there are over 60, including the Inglewood club.

The club was commended on their growth at the 2022 New Holland National Awards. The awards are a chance for Young Farmers club members to celebrate their achievemen­ts, and also to come together.

The theme of the night was Hoe Down. Inglewood club members attended the event in country attire, and came away with the Club Membership Award for Outstandin­g Membership Growth.

The award recognised the club’s hard work in creating a welcoming and thriving club environmen­t.

Josh says he is pleased to receive the award.

“Making our club welcoming and getting those membership numbers up was a big goal for us, and achieving that and being commended for it is special.”

The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Fern Lodge in Inglewood, Josh says.

“We have a social catch-up and talk about events happening during the month.”

As well as having the aim to people get off the farm and connect, Josh says the club also fundraises so the members can explore the country.

“We have a kete which contains the funds we use on our yearly trip. Last year we went to Christchur­ch. We try to have a big trip each year, for our members to have a nice holiday. We also just purchased some club T-shirts from the kete, with help from local businesses.

“Our fundraisin­g also helps to subsidise costs for our members.”

The club is welcoming, he says, with members having a diverse background­s in the primary sector.

“All of the members are a great bunch of people and solid friendship­s have been made in the group.”

He says anyone who wants to join the club is welcome.

“We’re always looking for new members.”

■ For more informatio­n, visit the Inglewood Young Farmers Facebook page.

 ?? Photo/Supplied ?? The Inglewood Young Farmers received the club membership award.
Photo/Supplied The Inglewood Young Farmers received the club membership award.

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