For Georgina Gater-Moore, born in Rutland, England, farming wasn't in her blood, but it is well and truly engrained in her heart. Starting her own flock of sheep at the tender age of 17 while still at boarding school, Georgie’s initial interest in sheep came from helping her mother with contract shepherding at just 13.
Georgia Davies grew up on a lifestyle block near Oxford, Canterbury. She was a horsey girl but not necessarily farmy, and originally wanted to get into physiotherapy. But an opportunity to show beef cattle with Woolstone Park Lowlines introduced Georgia to agriculture and that was it.
Thirty-seven year old Paula Hynes’, from Cork, Ireland, farming career may have only start four years ago, but she has been well and truly bitten by the dairy bug. Working in retail for most of her life, having never even milked a cow, in 2010 her life was turned upside down when her husband, Pete, returned home to take over the family’s 100-hectare unproductive farm, in desperate need of expansion.
Agricultural journalist, Alice Kate Dyer, from Kent, England, decided from a young age that farming was what she was going to do in life, and nothing could convince her otherwise. Growing up on a small dairy farm and without a huge amount of farming knowledge, after leaving school Alice spent the next five years studying agriculture, first at Hadlow College in Kent, and then a BSc Honors degree course at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. It was during this time she started to blog her country lifestyle, working on livestock farms and game shoots in her spare time, and her love for writing grew.
Born and raised on a farm in South East Ireland, Lorna Sixsmith never saw herself becoming a farmer- that’s what her brother was supposed to do. Severe allergies curtailed Lorna’s farming at times, despite having her favourite cows and calves, and she went on to work in the UK as a secondary school teacher.
Master of all trades, Catherina Cunnane, from County Mayo in Ireland takes great pride in introducing herself as a fifth generation farming enthusiast, never to be found straying too far from a pair of wellies or mart boots. With her farming love affair starting from the get-go her childhood memories roll back to calving her first cow and feeling inspired after returning home from agricultural shows and halter training calves.
Born in Leads, a city of one million people in the UK, Val Holmes now finds herself in the small rural community of Tinui in New Zealand. Having changed her career direction a number of times, spanning over many countries, apiculture is now something that Val has found herself doing.