Lisa runs her own rural contracting business in Franklin, Nurture Farming Ltd, which provides rural support services to lifestyle blockers and farmers in her area. Anything from tractor driving to chainsaw work to riding ponies. Since its establishment in July 2016, Lisa has been continually working towards expanding the business. She is also the vice-chairman of the Franklin Young Farmers club and is a proud new member of Federated Farmers.
Since leaving high school, Lisa has farmed in various roles and locations around New Zealand, travelled, studied and has also experienced subsistence Agriculture in rural Thailand. She decided to start her own business as a way to challenge herself and fund her small flock of sheep. Sheep she is building up that she eventually plans to milk. Lisa realised there was a market for what she does near where she grew up, so she moved back to try her luck in the middle of last year.
"So far, it’s going well! I enjoy doing what I do because I love being on the land and I love helping people out. The most satisfying part of my job is when a client is so relieved and grateful that they have found someone to do an essential task that they were unable to do themselves, such as crutch and drench their pet lambs or get a fence urgently fixed before their cattle escape onto the neighbours."
Lisa has two agricultural diplomas from Lincoln University and her family call her Farm Queen, due to her fairly unexpected choice in career path."I was at one stage planning on being a doctor, but the call of the land was too strong to resist!"
Lisa's goals for the future are to extend her leadership within the farming community of New Zealand, expand her business and win the coveted Young Farmer of the Year title. "Maybe a little ambitious, but I’m an unashamed try-hard, so we’ll see how it goes!"
Those goals are definitely not ambitious Farm Queen! Go for it and let us know how you get on!