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Our Resilient Farming Business

Preparing you and your farming businesses to grow through change

Dates for 2022 are coming soon - register your interest below to be notified.

The next drought is coming, prices will swing and regulations will tighten.

Change and uncertainty and the resulting risks and opportunities are not new.  But the pace and scale of change facing Kiwi farmers and growers is.

Navigating your farming business through accelerating change starts at the kitchen table, with calm and open minds and business plans and financial accounts open.  It's about having 'what if' conversations and having the confidence to make good decisions, whatever comes your way.

Resilience is a skill. It can be learnt. It starts with investing time in preparation:

  • understanding how you personally cope with change
  • identifying potential risks and opportunities ahead of time
  • understanding how financially resilient your business is
  • having 'what if' conversations and plans with your trusted team
  • preparing a realistic action plan to move forward in helpful ways

Supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries, this programme supports farming and growing New Zealanders to cultivate the financial and personal resilience needed to thrive in the face of accelerating change.


The programme consists of 4 online morning sessions over a 21-28 day period.  The first 2 sessions are one day apart (consecutive mornings), followed by another morning session one week later, with the last morning session scheduled 2-3 weeks after that.

The programme includes self-directed pre-session and inter-session work - including the development of a resilience action plan to share with the group duing the last session.  There will also be an opportunity to have a one-on-one one-hour session with a consultant.

Programme partner

Thanks to support from the Ministry for Primary Industries to deliver 'Our Resilient Farming Business' in 2022 and 2023.




Photo: Thanks to the Kelly Family 

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Outcomes for participants

Farmers will leave the pilot programme:

  1. Understanding how they respond to change and how to embrace it
  2. Understanding what their resilient farming business looks like
  3. Simple frameworks that help them have 'what if' conversations, where to focus and pioritise resources, and how to make decisions and move forward in a helpful way
  4. Understanding how financially resilient their business currently is
  5. With a realistic action plan to cultivate and build resilience (reviewed with other farmers)
  6. Able to access tools and support networks that will help build resilience.

Through new skills, connections and planning, the programme will support farmers to feel more confident in their ability to deal with uncertainty and risk.


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