What’s Young Farmers about?

The first and most important thing is, no, you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer!   So now check out this list – if you can answer yes to any of these questions it’s time to think about joining your local Young Farmers’ Club

  • Do you want to meet people your own age and make new friends?
  • Are you aged between 10 and 30?
  • Are you interested in the countryside and rural issues?
  • Would you like an active social life?
  • Would you like the chance to travel at home and abroad?
  • Do you want to learn some new skills?
  • Do you want to have fun?

These are just some of the things you can do if you join your local Young Farmers’ Club.  And remember, you really don’t have to be a farmer to join!  We have members from all walks of life – students to surveyors, mechanics to teachers, and yes, quite a few farmers too.  As long as you have an interest in the countryside and rural issues you’ll be made very welcome.

So if you want a good social life, want to put something back into the community, want to feel good about yourself and what you’ve achieved, want to learn some new skills, are up for a challenge, want a laugh and to be part of a team – join your local Young Farmers’ Club!!

Competitions

We’ve recently voted to allow members aged up to 30 to take part in senior competitions at a county level for a trial period – but they won’t be able to progress to Area or National rounds.

What’s going on in Northamptonshire?

We have 5 Young Farmers’ Clubs in the county:  Grendon, Kelmarsh, Oundle, Thrapston & Towcester.

Some of our Clubs may not be able to take new members under the age of 14 so please contact the YFC Office on 01604 670562 or email office@northants-yfc.org.uk for more information.

Check out our Facebook page too:  Northants YFC

What happens in a Young Farmers' Club?

Each Club has a regular meeting night – Monday or Wednesday here in Northants – and a very varied programme of events, including talks, trips out, sports, competitions, discos…

There are lots of social events to go to, sometimes at other Clubs or in other counties, so there’s always the opportunity to have a good time and make more new friends.

Everyone’s encouraged to take part in County and National activities as well – there’s a wide-ranging competitions programme which will give you a chance to learn something new and compete for your Club or County.

There are a number of training courses available to members, some of which are free of charge, and the YFC Travel programme offers the chance to travel the world with Young Farmers.

Who organises the Club?

Each Club has its own Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and other officers, elected once a year by the Club members.  Every member has the opportunity to take on these roles if they wish, and training is available to help them.  Club members get involved in arranging the programme of events so it suits a variety of tastes.

 

So what happens when I'm 30?

You can no longer take part in competitions but you can continue as an Associate member and stay involved with your Club and the county – maybe as a Club Leader, an advisory member, or as a steward or judge at competitions.

Past members are a vital part of the organisation so we don’t want to lose you!

It sounds good – what do I do next?

Why not take a look round the rest of our website and then contact us for details of your local Club.

If you decide to join one of our Clubs (and we hope you will), you’ll be asked to fill in a Membership Application Form and pay an annual subscription to the Club.  Each Club decides its own rate, which often varies according to your age group.  If you’re under 18, your parents/guardian will be asked to complete a Consent Form for you too.

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