Why we do Farm-Stays
I am now grounded; my roots are strong and run deep. But it wasn’t always like this.
I spent the better part of a decade choosing to travel for months every second year. I worked as much as I could, saved a bunch of money, and then hopped on a plane with a toothbrush and a smile. Some of the happiest times of my life have been on the road. I learned to be love being uncomfortable – everything was a new experience. I am so grateful for those experiences as now I know to walk into discomfort.
I have always walked to my own drummer. Travelling took me away from society’s “you should be x” or “you have to be doing y”. It is very freeing. When you’re on the road, nobody cares how you look, how fancy your clothes are, or your social status. People are happy to know your culture, your ideas, and you. There is a special something about people who throw stuff into a backpack and happily head into the unknown.
That is exactly why we bring in international workers. I am inspired by this zest travellers have. I can’t travel as much anymore, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring the world to me. It is great for our kids; it exposes them to different perspectives, foods, languages...
And quite honestly, if someone has big enough cahonas to fly across the world to work on a farm and live with a family they have never met, then that is the kind of person I want on our team. They find joy in everything; bring enthusiasm, new skills, and fresh solutions. And laughter, always lots of laughter.
Think wisely about the people you choose to surround yourself with – their energy has a huge impact on you.