The good summer rainfall and warm conditions have been welcomed by local farm Tilbuster Station after planting crops of potatoes, pumpkin, lettuce, beetroot, silverbeet, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and beans.
Tilbuster Station is utilised as a venue to continue and expand upon the work that Pathfinders does with at risk youth and local families. Disadvantaged young people participate in a range of agricultural, horticultural and trade skills programs such as crop and vegetable production, animal husbandry, beef cattle production, fencing, welding and building construction.
Pathfinders engage youth in giving back to the local and broader community by donating the harvested produce to nursing homes, soup kitchens and Meals on Wheels. The yearly pumpkin run, sees these young people travelling to Sydney to lend a helping hand to homeless youth in the city by delivering pumpkins and other produce as well as cooking hot meals for those in need.
The local Armidale community can now sample the harvest, with the produce being available at the Armidale Farmers Markets.
Selling the vegetables at the markets will also assist our young people in mixing with the local community, explaining how the program works and giving them skills in handling money and customer service. Vegetables planted and harvested by Pathfinders young people are free from chemicals and 100% of the sales will go directly back into the program to enhance and further develop facilities and programs conducted on the property.