New startup Shacky is introducing holiday tiny houses to rural Australian properties to offer farmers an added source of income.
25-year-old Netherlands native Joep Pennartz founded Shacky after moving to Australia last year and learning of the hardships being experienced by local farmers.
“Financial stress from decreasing farm income leads to rising depression rates, an ageing farmer population, and farmers leaving their land,” Pennartz says.
“Having worked for a large dairy firm in The Netherlands I know (a bit) about how hard the life of a farmer could be and I just couldn’t stop thinking of ways how to change this.”
The concept of Shacky is to position tiny houses on rural properties, allowing farmers to generate income from renters who lease the space as holiday accommodation.
“If a farmer would be able to rent out tiny houses on their farm, this would generate much needed alternative income [while] guests experience the tranquillity of a tiny house on a beautiful Australian farm,” Pennartz says.
Shacky allows Australians to “test drive” a tiny house before potentially committing to this lifestyle full-time.