Megan Jordan didn't live on a farm as a child but her connection to the land started early growing up in Marlborough. Her favourite memories include going to cattleyards around the area with her Dad who worked as a livestock officer. As well as spending time out hunting with him on local farms.
After finishing school Megan studied Occupational Therapy in Otago, worked in the North Island as an Occupational Therapist and then moved to Nepal. There she worked for three years with Nepali people who had leprosy. Many of these people were living with a disability in isolated rural villages, finding it difficult to care for their livestock and families, and unable to contribute in their communities. Working alongside local social workers and village leaders Megan was able to help set up self-help business groups, facilitate vocational training, and up skilling in animal husbandry.
Returning to New Zealand Megan met and married her husband and moved onto his family dairy farm in Nelson. Over the past thirteen years she has learnt to rear the calves, milk the cows and run the administration side of the business. Recently, alongside another dedicated Ag Woman, Megan has taken on the volunteer role of Nelson Regional Co-Conveynor for the Dairy Womens Network. "I am loving the support this network offers to its dairying members and the superb educational opportunities. I am passionate about rural based women being connected with one another and having opportunities to learn the skills they need to work and live in their rural setting. Whether that be in business, on-farm skills, or parenting."
"Together my husband and I are bringing up our family of three children in a beautiful patch of rural Nelson. Milking our cows once-a- day allows us to enjoy farming long term, be involved with our children and create memories with them, volunteer in our community, and spend time with the people we care about."
Your dedication to improving communities is an inspiration for us all. Your experiences had overseas must have provided you with a very empathetic view of others and a way of life which makes you able to help and uplift those around you.