Emily Higgins is 26, she moved to Tapawera in 2005 from England. She never thought of herself becoming a farmer. She studied early childhood and then went on to become a qualified barista.
Emily met her husband at school in 2007 and they married in 2015. He introduced her to hunting and fishing and more importantly sheep and beef farming. From stock work to shed handling, Emily fell in love with the out doors. "I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for his amazing support." Emily then decided she wanted to become a full time dairy farmer and she has now been doing this coming up 5 seasons. She has gained her national certificate in agriculture dairy farming level 4 and is loving it.
Emily decided she wanted to do something in the community and has recently taken on the role of Nelson regional co-conveynor for the dairy women's network alongside another dedicated AgWomen. "I love the support the dairy women network offers, it has opened so many new doors for me. I have already met so many amazing people, with all the learning opportunities. I am passionate about connecting rural women and setting up events where we can learn and gain new skills."
Together Emily and her husband with his father are taking over their new farm and she is very excited to put her skills into rearing beef calves. She is hoping to start her New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management and still work full time for her bosses who have given her so much support. "I am also passionate about getting young ones into the agricultural industry. Working along side Agri kids NZ and the principal of Tapawera school we have now been able to start up an Agri Kids and Teen ag for Tapawera next year. I'm very excited to be able to get kids out there to be able to get their hands dirty. If they don't have the opportunity to be out on the farm, learn new skills which can open up pathways during and after school."
You are an AgWomen through and through Emily. Supporting each other in the primary industries is so important and nurturing the younger generation in the industry will benefit us all in the future. You give back so much to the community so a thanks from us.