Farmers in the Bundaberg Region are dedicated to growing amazing produce and that commitment flows through to their romantic relationships.
Aussie Helpers CEO Tash Kocks says city couples should take notes from those on the farm this Valentine’s Day, with residents in rural areas proving to be more loved-up than their urban counterparts.
She said the hardships that come with life on the land may be key to the longevity of farmers’ romantic relationships.
“Farmers’ relationships are built on the mutual understanding that life on the land is never easy,” Ms Kocks said.
“When you are a farmer your spouse is not just your romantic partner but your business partner, bookkeeper, and closest friend, so working through disagreements is not just important for a healthy relationship but a must for a thriving business.”
Anthony and Kate Rehbein are just one of the hundreds of farming couples in the Bundaberg Region who are the living embodiment of sticking it out through thick and thin.
Anthony is a fourth-generation farmer. He and Kate have been married for more than two decades. They have three children, Lilly 19, Charlotte 17 and Angus 15, and run a successful small business, One Little Farm.
“We have been married for 22 short years as it feels it was only yesterday! But we have been together since we were 18 years of age,” Anthony said.
“I almost lost Kate from the birth of our first child and from then on we never take each other or life for granted because life is a gift.
“A little secret on the inside of our wedding rings … one says Love is Patient and the other says Love is Kind, you can guess whose ring says which!”
Highs and lows in romantic relationships
Anthony agreed with Ms Kocks, saying to ensure a successful romantic relationship couples must trust each other, have similar principles and ideals, work together for a common goal, laugh and cry together, but mostly appreciate the highs and lows.
“We are both our greatest critics, but we are the closest of friends and allies – nothing comes between us,” he said.
“And if we argue it’s only through frustration of external issues. We love each other to the moon and back no matter what.
“Any business, whether farming or retailing, whatever you do, if you have a partner that you can trust and confide in it keeps you honest and trustworthy.
“Businesses are best with more than one head – it gives you room to challenge and provide an opinion.
“Be there through thick and thin and always have mashed potato, no cous cous, particularly when you grow potatoes.
“Never eat other growers’ watermelon when your season is only about to begin.”
Anthony said farmers in the Bundaberg Region were the backbone of the community, and as couples shared the love this Valentine’s Day, they continued to champion local growers each day.
“They are the heroes of our shop,” he said.
“We love our shop at One Little Farm showcasing local produce from limes, beans, snap dragons, smoked seafood and a huge range of artisan small batch producers.
“The difference is that we buy direct from the farm and pick up freshly harvested.
“Our coffee and sweets are decadent, and our staff love what they do providing fresh flowers for all occasions.”
About Aussie Helpers
Aussie Helpers is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated and honoured to helping Aussie farmers, farming families and farming communities survive through the tough times.
The organisation is entirely funded through donations and sponsorships and relies on a generous network of volunteers to achieve its mission.
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