The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK with 67 Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) currently spread across the South East area.
Led by young people, for young people, YFCs provide 24,500 members throughout England and Wales aged 10 to 26 with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local community, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme, and enjoy a dynamic social life. Over the years, young farmers has unfortunately picked up a bad reputation for its drinking culture. A vital part of the organisation is to provide a social platform, bringing likeminded young people together to help eradicate rural isolation. There is so much more going on than trips to the local pub and AGM scandals.
Keen to see the next generation of farmers and agricultural professionals take advantage of the multitude of opportunities the organisation has to offer, rural co-operative RAMSAK and South East Farmer caught up with some of Kent and Sussex’s key YFC members to learn more about what being a member means to them, how it has helped them through their personal life and career and what advice they would give to those looking to join.
Click here to read interviews with Lynsey Martin, Chair of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs; Evie West, Member of Hailsham YFC; Will Edmonds,Chair of the Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs; Elanor Small, Outgoing chair of Sussex YFC