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Marcus Oldham Program supporting young leaders

For the first time this year, Gardiner Dairy Foundation sponsored several emerging leaders to undertake the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program. “The opportunity to participate in the Leadership Program enables leaders within the agriculture industry, like myself, to gain skills that…

Leadership experience builds hope from heartbreak

Greg Cole entertained the idea of doing a community leadership program for 15 years before “the timing felt right”. In hindsight, he said “prioritising time” for Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) would have been valuable while growing businesses, parenting and…

Gardiner Scholarship leads to an unexpected career

Gardiner Foundation Tertiary Scholarship recipient, Lauren Brewer, never thought life would lead her to her current workplace, a remote mine site in the Gibson Desert, located three hours north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. “The most rewarding part is seeing…

Study Tour provides eye-opening experience to young dairy professionals

The Gardiner Foundation – United Dairyfarmers of Victoria Study Tour of Victoria returned in 2022, providing a group of seven young Victorian dairy farmers the opportunity to explore the largest dairy state in Australia. In its second year, the Study…

Not your everyday job

Sixteen-year old Jessi Armour doesn’t have your average weekend job. She currently milks at Perdita and Hamish Bills’ 300-cow share farm at Bona-Vista, near Warragul in Gippsland, every weekend. “I couldn’t have imagined working on a dairy farm. But if…

A passion for farming

Tommy Glen, a farm manager who currently works on his family’s farm in Poowong, couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “The hours are demanding, but that’s what the job requires and makes it so rewarding at the same time,” he said….

Personal wellbeing the key to leading others well

“I need to put my own oxygen mask on before I can help anyone else with theirs.” By Corinna Boldiston Until recently, fourth-generation dairy farmer Ross Anderson seized opportunities as they arose, rather than seeking them. As a young adult…

Gardiner Foundation grants a boost for dairy communities

Twenty-one projects in Victoria’s main dairy regions – Gippsland, Northern Victoria, and South-West Victoria – have been awarded $91,833 in grants, which will help to build the capacity of local community organisations and improve digital connectivity. The grants are through…

Choosing a career in dairy

Even though going into dairy wasn’t a conscious choice for Blake Randall-Annear, he’s exactly where he wants to be. “I love agriculture and I want to stay in the industry. Dairy is definitely the way to go,” he said. “It’s…

Larpent farmer finds inspiration close to home

Melanie Ackerley has learnt there’s no place like home when it comes to learning more about the dairy industry. Melanie was due to take part in the 2020 United Dairyfarmers of Victoria - Gardiner Dairy Foundation New Zealand Dairy Study...

Nuffield experience still resonates for Merrigum dairy farmer

When Merrigum dairy farmer Jamie Snell undertook a Gardiner Nuffield Scholarship in 2007, he didn’t know that it would still resonate 15 years later. As Jamie goes through the next important phase in his farming career, the Nuffield experience continues...

UDV study tour inspires investment in calves

A handful of calves purchased last year by Brianna McClain might not stand out in a big herd, but they mean a lot to the budding dairy farmer. Brianna was inspired to buy the calves after taking part in the...

Future in dairy industry on Monika’s radar

Engineering and pharmacology university student Monika Burford has recently discovered the many opportunities for graduates in the dairy industry. Combined with a love for an outdoor lifestyle, Monika realised during a summer internship at Fonterra, Darnum in West Gippsland, she...

Applications open for UDV Victorian study tour for young people in dairy

The 2022 UDV-Gardiner study tour of Victoria is now open for applications from young people in the Victorian dairy industry – either on or off farm. The 8-day study tour showcases the best of Victoria’s cutting-edge dairy and agricultural industries....

Applications open for 2023 Nuffield Scholarship

International travel is back and applications are now open for 2023 Nuffield Scholarships. Aspiring Victorian dairy farmers are encouraged to make their mark in the industry by applying for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation 2023 Nuffield Scholarship. A Gardiner Nuffield scholarship...

Gardiner Foundation guest speaker Sam Bailey opens up about his amazing life

A 19-year-old, bulletproof Sam Bailey was having the time of his life in the Australian outback, when in an instant his world was turned upside down. Sam is recognised around Australia as having an amazing personal story to tell. He...

Kawarren School revival keeps the community together

When Kawarren lost its school, locals feared they were losing the heartbeat of the community. With nowhere to meet, the once close-knit farming community in the Otway Ranges south of Colac was at risk of splintering. But the residents weren’t...

Digital grant improves contact for hospice residents

The pandemic has added an extra layer of stress for people with life-limiting illnesses, but guests of a Colac hospice have been given a new way to connect with the world. Anam Cara House Colac, a community-owned hospice providing respite,...

Kyabram teen fitness program inspires community spirit

A new teen fitness program in Kyabram is inspiring community spirit and building fit and healthy bodies. A health and wellbeing centre has been established by Kyabram Blue Light at the town’s P-12 College thanks to $5000 from the Gardiner...

Program aims to keep Foster youth engaged and enjoying country life

A program that helps young people in the Foster district to stay engaged and enjoy country life has defied COVID-19 lockdowns and is set to flourish thanks to a funding boost. Manna Gum Community House has used $5000 from the...

Celebrating a 20-year partnership supporting Victorian dairy communities

The annual Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program (Gardiner Community Grants) has opened today. Delivered in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), this round marks the 20th year of the program, which is focused on supporting...

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