Lynne Strong is a proud sixth-generation farmer who was drawn to dairying after a career as a pharmacist. With husband Michael and son Nicholas, Lynne managed multi-award-winning Clover Hill Dairies at Jamberoo on the NSW South Coast. Lynne’s role as the powerhouse behind the business has seen her win some of agriculture’s most prestigious awards including the inaugural Bob Hawke Landcare Award, the National Landcare Primary Producer Award, as well as being both a Eureka Prize and Banksia Award finalist.
Lynne is no longer involved in the running of the farm but is fierce in her commitment to the development of agriculture through its young people. She sees herself as a catalyst for change and a connector. She wants to inspire and engage young leaders so they can be changemakers themselves.
To achieve this, she identified a team of people with a shared vision and set up the Not for Profit organisation Picture You in Agriculture (PYiA).
For the past 10 years, the PYiA team have been designing and delivering programs that connect farmers and the community through partnerships between young people. Young people in the agriculture sector and young people living in urban landscapes. Using education, art and technology to encourage courageous two way conversations, PYiA initiatives include:
The next stage of Lynne’s journey includes transitioning the young people PYiA have identified through a structural succession process.
To learn more about Lynne, connect with her on LinkedIn.