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Agricultural Scholarships

The Salvation Army Jeff Farm in South Otago

Jeff Farm is a 1932ha 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, so he gifted the farm to The Salvation Army on the provision that the farm be used to train young people for a career in the New Zealand agricultural industry.

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.

2015 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 2015 Lincoln University application form (PDF, 171KB)
> Download the 2015 Telford University application form (PDF, 172KB)
> Download the 2015 Taratahi Agricultural Training College application form (PDF, 171KB)

Interviews will be held at the institutions students will be studying at in March 2015.  

Closing dates for applications are as follows: Lincoln University - 30th January 2015, Telford - 5th February 2015 and Taratahi - TBC.

Open Day

The Farm Cadet Open Day this year is to be held on Saturday 8th August. For more informatino, please phone the office,

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

If you are interested, please contact:

John & Liz Chittock - Farm Managers
Jeff Farm
2150 Old Coach Road
Gore. 9772
Phone: +64 3 205 3572

> 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

Taratahi Agricultural Training
> visit the website

To express your interest in a cadetship, please contact the farm manager:

John Chittock
Farm Manager
Phone: +64 3 205 3572