Jeff Farm is a 11,000ha farm managed by The Salvation Army that trains (and funds training for) young people for a career in the New Zealand agricultural industry.
Jeff Farm is on Old Coach Road between Mataura and Clinton. The property—highly regarded as a top southern farm—is managed by well-known southerner John Chittock for The Salvation Army Trust Board.
Inn August 2017, the farm was recognised as the best farm in the country for training the next generation of farmers. The farm won the Silver Fern Farms Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year award at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Sheep Industry Awards.
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.
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.
The 3 Institutions the Jeff Farm Training Award applies to are:
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre Wairarapa
Candidates to submit applications directly to:
Jeff Farm Scholarship Coordinator
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
2 Avenger Crescent
Emailing your application is acceptable as long as it is signed by the applicant (you may need to scan)
Email: Liz McKerrow
The 2018 Open Day will be held on 4th August 2018, starting at 10am with morning tea. 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.
Cadetships at Jeff Farm
Cadets at Jeff Farm will experience all aspects of farming. The successful cadet must:
> 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)