GINNY STEVENS | ACTIVE FARMERS
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I believe there is nothing more energising than feeling inspired to achieve something. Every day I am inspired to work on improving and maintaining my health so that I feel happy and energised
What inspires you?
To feel inspired is a great thing in life and I believe there is nothing more energising than feeling inspired to achieve something. Every day I am inspired to work on improving and maintaining my health so that I feel happy and energised, and this, in turn, motivates me to help others understand the importance of taking their health seriously. Given my concerns for the health, and in particular the mental health of farmers and rural communities I have become extremely enthused to provide a service that can help make rural Australian communities healthier, happier and more resilient.
How did your project/business idea come about?
I have always been very passionate about Agriculture and health, and given my concerns about the mental health statistics in rural Australia, I decided to combine these two passions and develop a program that provided a proactive and practical solution for the health, and particularly mental health of farmers and rural communities.
What stage is your project/business in?
Active Farmers was established in March 2015 and I ran classes at Mangoplah and Uranquinty for two years whilst working full-time elsewhere. In January, this year Delta Agribusiness came on board as both a sponsor and partner which enabled me to focus full-time on expanding the program, I therefore still consider Active Farmers to still be very much in a start-up phase.
What were you doing before you launched your business/project?
When I made the decision to expand Active Farmers I had to make the decision to leave an eight-year Agribusiness career, with my most recent position being a Rural Manager at Rabobank in Wagga Wagga.