'Visit My Farm' draws visitors to Eugowra

It's not uncommon to hear of the city-country disconnect, but a local couple are opening their gate to give visitors insight into farming.

Kev and Therese Welsh's property "Round Range" at Eugowra is part of the Visit My Farm project.

Visit My Farm launched as an agritourism trial in 2017 under the Department of Primary Industries.

The Welshes signed on in 2018, and have hosted four visits at their property.

Having visitors to the farm has been a regular occurrence since the Welshes purchased "Round Range" in 1994.

They have hosted family and friends from both Australia and overseas.

The trial project offered a website and streamlined application system that allowed visitors to nominate activities they would like to be involved in during their one to three-hour visit.

These could range from having a cuppa with a farmer to going around the sheep, visiting the shearing shed, machinery sheds or walking through the paddocks.

The visitors are diverse.

"So far we have hosted a family originally from Sri Lanka who grew tea and were in love with the sheep, to a young boy who was home-schooled due to severe illness and wanted to bring Kev some hay bales for his sheep, to a two-day photo shoot for an engaged couple who love the game Settlers of Catan and were photographed with rocks, paddocks, hay, and sheep," Mrs Welsh said.

"We recently hosted a couple from Sydney who love watching Landline and had so many questions about the natural processes of the creeks and reeds, as well as decisions affecting stock and cropping."

All enjoy good country hospitality and a trip up to the farm lookout for a photograph.

The NSW Farmers Association has taken over the Visit My Farm program in 2020. It is a business idea designed to strengthen the connection between rural and urban people, grow farm visits, and provide a new agri-tourism income stream for farmers.

The Welshes take all their visitors to the lookout for a photograph of the spectacular Eugowra scenery.

The Welshes take all their visitors to the lookout for a photograph of the spectacular Eugowra scenery.

If you're interested in learning more about Visit My Farm, you can go online to https://www.visitmyfarm.com.au/