Heard on a recent MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) DVD, as replayed from Feedback TV;
64% of Australians under 35 years of age have never been on a farm.
I just assumed we had all experienced – in some way – the farming life. I’m blown away that so many young Australians haven’t.
Haven’t known; the breath of fresh farm air rich with manure, the squelch of mud between toes, the endless rolling green hills, pastures rippling in the breeze, the dust and despair of drought, the gorgeous newborn baby animals, the abundant wildlife roaming free, prime beef glossy with condition… the smell of hide and hair, and grit and grime…
Australia was built on the backs of our farmers and graziers – yet so many Aussies are deprived of this experience.
I’m saddened. And so thankful that my life is rich with rural experiences; growing up with dairy, beef and pigs. Raising two kids on a grazing property with wide open spaces. Writing stories that capture the humour and irony of life on the land.
In my writing, and my photos, I will continue to share my Australian rural life with you. And I will hope that one day, you too will experience for yourself, a little bit of life on a farm – in real life!
Have you been on a farm? What is a farm memory that stands out for you?