Meet our ‘Farmers Across Borders’ Founders
Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell are farmer’s from the Esperance region of WA. Farmers Across Borders was born in 2014 when they decided to help drought-stricken farmers in NSW after a bumper season of their own. They organized 16 roadtrains of donated hay from fellow WA farmers to be delivered to Bourke & Lightning Ridge in NSW in conjunction with Burrumbuttock Hay Runners. The 2014 hay run was the start of life long friendships built on a common theme of wanting to help fellow farmers in need. All involved said they would put their hand up again if needed.
A call was made in 2018 and so plans were started to do it again.
Anne has been married & farming with Paul for 28 years on the coast at Jerdacuttup. Their farming enterprise is mainly cattle with a bit of cropping.
They have 2 sons, one of which has just returned to the farm.
Anne & Paul have always been involved in the community in one way or another, from the P&C, Community Association and local Fire Brigade. Anne was originally from the Perth, marring into a farming family – which has been character building. The best thing, second to marring Paul 28 years ago, was doing their first hay run in 2014 – making mates along the way that are sure to last a lifetime!
(Image courtesy: The West Australian)