New Conservative believes that lock-up facilities are not the answer to many of our troubled youth’s problems. Many youth are entering adulthood without the basic concepts of life such as education, cooking, cleaning, hygiene, respect for themselves and for others, and an understanding of what a happy, healthy and prosperous family is.
The concept of boot farms is to promote life skills and practical education. This is a holistic approach than the comparable boot camp concept. Youth would be required to attend for a full year with strict boundaries, regular routines, and separation from negative environments.
New Conservative will purchase appropriate farms or transfer farms from Landcorp, with the goal that they would eventually become financially independent. Financial independence would be possible due to revenues from farming and manufactured products produced via the youth programs. Much of the food required for the boot farms would come from the farm such as meat, milk, fruit and vegetables with the excess sold to derive revenue.
It has been proven that animals are fantastic therapy for children and youth. The youth’s behaviour will determine how much interaction they are allowed with the animals, and how much responsibility they will be given on the boot farm. Youth will be able to learn hands-on farming experiences such as milking, working a dairy and beef farm, shearing sheep and animal husbandry. These experiences will also be incorporated with theory schooling work as part of the program.
Specialised youth counselling services will be available on boot farms.