Vanessa Robinson is a professional paddock and hill frolicker and sheep, cattle and deer mother (AKA a shepherd). Having been raised in a rural, farming family, Vanessa has had a desire since day one to continue being in this environment.
Vanessa got into farming by studying agriculture by correspondence and at NTA which covered NTA, Primary ITO and Telford papers. After this she searched for and found work and experience in Golden Bay, Leeston on an organic cropping farm and finally landed on the West Coast on a sheep, cattle and deer station.
At the moment Vanessa is casual shepherding while she pursues a career in either emergency management or the New Zealand Police.
Vanessa often thinks to herself 'WHAT!? But that's not farming?' but having worked on the Kaikoura earthquake and the Port Hills fires she has noticed a huge need for people in emergency management that can relate to farmers and our rural community. Vanessa also does a bit of photography on the side, running a page on Facebook called Nessi Robinson Photography, which also showcases a bit of rural New Zealand.
"I believe I have been born for this role! I love the high pressure and knowing that I can make a difference in people's lives in both major disasters and by putting food on their plates. My goals for the future are to own a bit of land and start a sheep stud flock alongside my partner who despite being born in town was born to be in the country. Whilst doing this I hope to continue my role in either emergency management or the police."
You have such enthusiasm for the future Vanessa and we think it is great that you have found a need and are going to fill that gap. Many farmers will be forever grateful for the service you will be able to give them. Awesome idea!