Farm machinery brand Massey Ferguson is continuing to support the Collingwood Children’s Farm in suburban Melbourne with the loan of another new tractor. Source: AFDJ eNews
The latest model, a bigger 82hp MF4708 Global Series tractor replaces the current 68hp MF3600 Series tractor that was first offered to the community farm back in 2013 to assist with the heavy duties around the grounds and paddocks.
Collingwood Children’s Farm was established in 1979 and is a not for profit organization providing country experiences for city people.
The farm is 5km from Melbourne’s city centre, nestled on a bend of the Yarra River.
The organisation aims to connect city people with land, animals, farm life and the community.
The 10 acre parcel of paddocks, vegetable gardens and hay sheds is surprisingly the oldest continually farmed land in Victoria.
“We are a working farm rather than a petting zoo, so we actually work the farm, so we breed sheep, we breed goats, we milk the cows daily, we breed chickens and sell eggs,” Alex Walker – Farm Manager said.
Mr Walker said Massey Ferguson has been fantastic and are a big part of the farm operation.
“I can go back as a kid 60 years ago and say my uncle used to put me on an old grey Fergie. It’s like the old windmill, things that are just really Australian and out there. Massey Ferguson was that for us,” Mr Walker said.
Massey Ferguson donated the MF4708 to the farm with the help of local dealer Small Horse Tractors located at Dandenong, Victoria.
Small Horse Tractors will be the main contact for the farm and will supply all requirements including parts and service support.
As well as educating thousands of school kids each year, the farm is open to several disability groups who help out with farm duties.
“We service a range of the community, with over 10,000 primary school and kindergarten children who come in throughout the year to do farm tours,” Mr Walker said.