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Agricultural Scholarships

The Salvation Army Jeff Farm in South Otago

Jeff Farm is a 2433ha farm managed by The Salvation Army that trains (and funds training for) young people for a career in the New Zealand agricultural industry.

More information about the farm.

Scholarship scheme: Edmund Sanderson Jeff Farm Training Award

Mr Edmund Jeff farmed the property before World War II with help from local labour. Times were tough and he was not able to develop the property.  But Edmund had a better idea. In 1952 he formed a trust to administer the property- rather than have the Government acquire his land and stipulated that the farm was to be gifted to The Salvation Army. This was providing that it was used to train young people - who would not otherwise have such a cereer option - for a career in the New Zealand agricultural industry.

The Salvation Army took over the running of the Trust in 1954 when Edmund Jeff wanted to travel the world and set about administering the farm according to his wishes. Young people were trained, and under various managers, the property began to show a profit after having provided training for the students.

Edmund Sanderson Jeff died in Glasgow on October 11th 1970.

In 1982, The Salvation Army Trust Board set up a farm management board and invited a number of southern business and farming people to sit on it. This resulted in a massive development programme—financed by accumulated profits over the years.

In 1995 The Salvation Army had the terms of the Trust expanded with the High Court approving a decision that, while some students would still be trained at the farm, the income could be used to educate young people for a life in agriculture at other approved training establishments.

Eligibility criteria

Applications for assistance will be considered from young people who want to be trained in and/or further educated in farming and require assistance on account of their financial situation, their existing environment or their state of health.

  • Applicants must be full time students undertaking a diploma or certificate – this award is not for students studying extramurally.
  • Applicants must be New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents.

2017 Scholarship Application Forms & Interviews

The 3 Institutions the Jeff Farm Training Award applies to are:

Lincoln University
Telford, a Division of Lincoln University
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

> Download the 2017 Lincoln University application form (PDF, 104KB)
> Download the 2017 Telford University application form (PDF, 104KB)
> Download the 2017 Taratahi Agricultural Training College application form (PDF, 104KB)

2017 Open Day

Jeff Farm will host its Open Day for those interested in becoming a Farm cadet on Saturday 5th August 2017. As there is a waiting list, it is encouraged that students in Year 10/11 up attend, to understand how the cadetship works and register their interest.

The Farm takes on three new cadets each year starting early January. The course is for two years with three cadets commencing and three cadets finishing each year so there are six cadets altogether. There are also opportunities for high school students to have work experience through the Gateway Programme.

To register for the open day, please phone us on (03) 205 3572 or email us at

> Download the 2017 Open Day Itinerary (PDF, 29KB)

Cadetships at Jeff Farm

Cadets at Jeff Farm will experience all aspects of farming. The successful cadet must:

  • have a genuine interest in farming and the agriculture sector
  • be able to listen and follow instructions responsibly when instructed by other staff
  • be health and safety concious - health and safety is a BIG issue on the farm in all aspects
  • have an ability to drive/learn to drive all types of vehicles and hold a current drivers license
  • have an ability to work and live with other cadets in a healthy and friendly environment

> View and download more information regarding Jeff Farm cadetships (PDF, 12KB)
> View and download the Jeff Farm rules for cadets (PDF, 12KB)
> View and download the Jeff Farm cadetship application form (DOC, 28KB) 

Contact us

For more information, contact:

Jeff Farm Scholarship Coordinator
PO Box 25207, Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 377 0799
Email: Scholarship Coordinator

John & Liz Chittock - Farm Managers
Jeff Farm
2150 Old Coach Road
Gore. 9772
Phone: (03) 205 3572