If you have attended a NZ Young Farmers regional or grand final competition in the last few years you may have run into the vibrant and well organised Bridget Johnson.
Bridget is the current events manager for NZ Young Farmers and currently is helping bring the 50th year of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final contest too Invercargill in July this year.
Bridget grew up on a arable property in Mayfield, South Canterbury. She spent her high school years as a pupil and boarding school resident at Rangi Ruru. From there she crossed the city to Lincoln University where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture.
The opportunity to work for ANZ for 2 years following university as Rural relationship associate in Ashburton gave Bridget a good look around the region and more of an appreciation for the industry she was born into.
It was then that she decided to move back to Christchurch and start with Young Farmers as Event Manager. Bridget has always had a passion for event management and organising so to find a position where she could get paid to follow her passion and be involved in the primary industry was a great fit. Being able to help young people at the same time is an added bonus and something that she really enjoys and says is very rewarding.
Bridget loves being outdoors and being on the farm, when growing up helping dad on the farm was the best part of the day.
Together with her partner they aim to but a block of land of their own in the next 5 years. Being the ambitious Agwoman that she is Bridget would also like to start her own events business in the next few years.
We asked Bridget how she described being an Agwoman she said "I am proud to be an Agwomen with a world of opportunities being opened up to me through agriculture and I am a true believer in women being strong and going for what they want.
Bridget you do a lot of amazing work behind the scenes NZ Young Farmers is very lucky to have you. We wish you all the best for you goals going forward and encourage to keep up the great work.