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Angus and Julia

MEET THE ORGANISERS

Like all great love stories, Julia and Angus met on Contiki in London, England. Realising they both moved from country NSW to Sydney for university, they bonded over a common interest in agriculture, the environment and health. Soon after returning from their respective gap years, they went into personal training in 2017, alongside their university studies. After frequent trips back home to the country, the disconnect between city dwellers and life in the country became more and more apparent. Through Fit as a Farmer, they hope to promote healthy lifestyles while creating a conversation about what our hard-working Aussie farmers do every day to put food on our plates, and clothes on our backs.

Angus was born and raised on a cotton and broadacre cropping farm 7 hours west of Sydney, in a country town called Warren. After moving to Sydney to pursue a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney, he returned to Warren to help on the farm during semester breaks. Alongside his degree, he gained personal training qualifications, holding Certificates 3 & 4 in fitness. Unable to choose between his passions for farming, and health & fitness, he asked ‘por que no los dos?’ and created Fit as a Farmer. 

Raised on NSW’s South Coast, Julia hopes Fit as a Farmer educates people on how to live in a way that benefits them, the environment and our rural communities. Julia moved from Nowra to Sydney to study Environmental Humanities and Development studies at UNSW. She focused on agriculture and the environment for most of her degree, examining the impact of climate variability on farmers, and the way our food choices affect the environment. Jules wants to encourage people to buy local Australian produce, which improves the health of our lifestyles, environment and agriculture at the same time - the triple whammy of her dreams.

 

WHAT IS FIT AS A FARMER?

Fit as a Farmer is a social enterprise aiming to bridge the gap between city and country.

After growing up in rural communities and moving to the city, it became very apparent how easy it was to become disconnected from where our food and fibre is grown - creating a growing divide between city and country. This realisation inspired Fit as a Farmer.

We create exercise inspired by farm-work using equipment that you would find lying around a farmer’s work-shed. We use this as a fun way to educate city consumers around the labour-intensive work our farmers do everyday to put food on our table and clothes on our back. We like to think of it as exercise with a cause!

Through Fit as a Farmer, we want to create a conscious community that appreciates and actively seeks out Australian grown food and fibre.

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