"You are more powerful than you think"|
"You are more powerful than you think"
50 young people gathered in a Parramatta Hotel in Sydney this week to launch the new branch of a farming group.
It is the Sydney branch of New South Wales Young Farmers.
The meeting featured some unusual speakers and a fairly radical message from Anna Rose, of Earth Hour and Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia host.
"You are more powerful than you think," Mr Rose told the crowd of mainly science and agriculture students.
Ms Rose was at a similar meeting nine years ago, which she said, led to the creation of Earth Hour.
"We had a group of about this size and we thought 'who knows what we'll achieve?'," she said.
"We're young but we're full of ideas and if we come together maybe we can make something big happen."
Earth Hour now has 120, 000 young people involved and hundreds of groups working with young people to find solutions to climate change.
Costa spoke about the importance of changing the language around farming and finding images to redefine what a young farmer is.
"We need images to change the vocabulary and change the dialogue, and sharp witted stuff that puts farming where it should be; as the most important staple in everyone's life," he told the crowd.
"It's all about growing young farmers."
Alexandra Ijadica is the founding director of the Youth Food Movement.
We're young but we're full of ideas and if we come together maybe we can make something big happen."
Anna Rose, Earth Hour
"I think it's fantastic that the real story of agriculture if finally being told," she said.
"You hear in the news that we're suffering a drought and we need a bit of a hand, but there's so many fantastic stories about being a producer, whether you're an urban farmer or a broadacre farmer, that are happening every day, but rarely the [coverage] that they should get."
Jo Newton is a post graduate student of genetics and vice chair of the new branch of NSW Young Farmers.
"It's more than just what happens at the farm gate," he said.
"NSW Farmers is the peak industry body for agriculture and farming, [but] there's an entire industry and supply chain involved in agriculture.
"We've got groups like the Youth Food Movement, agribusiness professionals here in Sydney that are a part of that supply chain and we think it's important that they have the opportunity to network to engage with other young people that live in metro areas, but also to get out there and engage with our regional and rural base too."
Demand for organics is outstripping supply, so a gathering of young farmers is probably a good place to encourage interest in the sector.
Peter Hastie is with the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia.
"We see the importance of creating that link between production and processing and consumption."
NSW Farmers CEO Matt Brand said: "We encourage all young people who have an interest in agriculture to tap into our diverse network and gain a greater understanding of the innovation taking place in our industry."
"Our plan is for the whole supply chain to be involved and interact with our Sydney branch which we hope will become a hub for where the city meets agriculture."
Geoffrey said， Young people are heard in Australia, maybe you need to link with other Animal Science students in other universities in China and start a group.