Born in Leads, a city of one million people in the UK, Val Holmes now finds herself in the small rural community of Tinui in New Zealand. Having changed her career direction a number of times, spanning over many countries, apiculture is now something that Val has found herself doing.
Growing up on a beef and sheep farm meant Sammy Howorth was always surrounded by animals, and this is where she is happiest! As a child she dreamt of becoming a vet, however her dreams were quickly shattered when she received her exam results at college. So instead, Sammy went on to Harper Adams University and studied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, not really knowing where it would lead.
Lucy Goldspink is a contract musterer in the Marree region of South Australia. She spends a lot of time working up the iconic 'Birdsville Track', working side by side, 24 hours a day with her extremely supportive boyfriend of 4 years.
Since getting together Kylie Bremner and husband George have always dreamed of owning their own farm. With this aim in mind they have been able to make this a reality and have recently become farm owners in the thriving farming district of Kumeroa. With no background or experience in farming, it wasn’t until Kylie met George that her agricultural journey began.
A confessed born and bred a “city slicker”, Ali Scott has spent much of her career in the print industry. It wasn’t until Ali joined her partner Dion on his 1050ha Wairarapa property that she found herself involved in agriculture. Since then life on the farm has been all very new and exciting.
Lynn Dickman is a research agronomist on a Wisconsin potato farm who strives to make potato chips the best that they can be. They do this through on farm research trials involving new varieties, different fertilizer plans, new in field products and field management strategies.
Coming from a farming family in the Wairarapa, Katie Alsop’s heart has always been on the land. Upon leaving school Katie studied Sports Science and adventure tourism at university. This was really a bit of a “place holder” as it didn’t take long for Katie to gravitate back to what she really loved – farming. She worked as a Shepard and looked after family farms as well as other farming jobs to get a start on the land. Katie has spent winters sheep scanning. After buying her own scanner, she spent eight years scanning around 100,000 to 120,000 ewes each season. In spring she worked as an LIC technician doing AB runs and would also rear calves on the side.