Trainee Stories Northland

Jack Barton-Smith

Rural Operations (Level 3) and Farming Systems (Level 3) – Graduate

Agriculture (Level 4) – Current


Why did you choose to study with Land Based Training?

I went through the A&P Society as I chose to get into farming since it means I can be outdoors and busy. A&P society partners with Landbased Training which is how I ended up on the course. I also like the idea of study combined with hands on work – I couldn’t think of anything worse than being stuck inside all day!

What is your favorite part of the course?

It’s a good mix of a having a good time with the other students and tutors and getting the work done – it’s definitely easier to do the paperwork when its more enjoyable and done with good company…

What are your plans for the future?

I want to get into sharemilking and then eventually move into owning my own farm – I have already started building my own herd although its only small at the moment with 10 cows. I’m looking to add an extra 20 each season until I can grow it into my own business.

Do you have any advice for others who might be interested in doing a horticulture course with Land Based Training?

It is hard work at times but once you push through that it’s pretty good.