Georgina is a farmers wife and a mother of two little farm kids. She is the very enthusiastic ‘spare hand’ on those extra busy days on the farm. Georgina is a sounding-board and support offsider to her husband. She is a farmer, a wife, a mother, an advisor, a cook, a cleaner, a dog trainer, a runner, a chaffeur and a gardener!
Georgina is a 4th generation farmer. She is a born and bred farm girl. Georgina grew up on a sheep and beef farm on an island in the Marlborough Sounds. It was isolated, her mum taught her two brothers by correspondence until secondary school, then they all went to boarding school in Nelson. "Correspondence school was awesome because we could be finished by lunch time and then have rest of the day out on the farm. Bliss!"
After School Georgina went to Massey University and did a Bachelor in Appllied Science majoring in Agriculture. After Uni, she got a job with PPCS (now Silverfern Farms) working in their Christchurch head office, doing shipping orders. Georgina then was moved out to one of their small cutting plants at the airport. She went there as a scheduler but ended up running the plant (30 men) at the age of 22. "One day I was sitting in my office watching carcasses float past my window and thought “this isn’t for me, I need to be working with live animals."
Georgina then applied for a shepherds job in Hororata and got it. She never looked back or wanted to do anything else from that day forward. She is a land girl through and through. Georgina was a shepherd, then a block manager in the three years she was there. Then she moved to Blenheim for a Stock manager job. Two years laters she moved to Kaikoura to manage a sheep and beef farm. Georgina manged that farm for two years then moved to French Pass (her home stomping ground) to a managers job there.
Georgina got married and then had babies. "Walking the hills became hazardous with a big belly! Luckily I married a farmer and he took over the day to day management of the farm. We spent six years there.
I am not designed to be a teacher so now that the children are almost school age we have moved them to somewhere less isolated so that they can attend a school."
Georgina has kept 2 – 3 dogs through her pregnancy and motherhood time. "I enjoy training them and need the freedom of being able (when child free) to go out and do a job on the farm for my sanity!"
"There is something in my soul, buried in my make-up that pulls me towards the land, being on it, and animals, being with them." Georgina is her happiest, most peaceful self when she is out on a hill with her horse and her dogs, mustering a mob of sheep or cattle. Farming is her passion. A Long hard day on the farm has never felt like ‘work’ to Georgina...that’s when you know you are doing what you were born to do.
A self confessed AgWomen for sure Georgina! How exciting it must feel to be exactly where you are meant to be in the world.