Five North-East farmers are set to make their television debut, staring in a documentary to air next week.
The feature follows co-operative farmers and fishers as they face the triumphs and tragedies of trying to stay on the land.
Screening on the ABC at 9.30pm on June 15, Fightback Farmers: Feeding Australia Together will tell the story of Mountain Milk Cooperative, which saved dairy farmers Stuart Crosthwaite, Teresa Hicks and Scott Mackillop when large dairy company Murray Goulburn collapsed.
Mr Crosthwaite said he had seen a first draft of the television episode ahead of its airing on the national broadcaster.
"I think they've come up with a good depiction of what we've done and what we're about," he said.
But he said he wasn't keen on the camera in his face.
"I don't think I could be on a reality TV show," he said.
King Valley winemaker Fred Pizzini and pasta maker Silvana Micheli also feature in the show and explain how they rely on Myrtleford's agricultural store cooperative, TAFCO, to sell their products.
Mr Pizzini and Ms Micheli pivoted into new business opportunities when their respective family tobacco farms closed, after the industry began falling in the 1990s.
Now, Mr Pizzini runs a vineyard and Ms Micheli sells homemade pasta.
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