School: St Andrew’s College
Tertiary: Lincoln University, Year 3, 2021
Degree: Bachelor of Science Major Environmental Science
Growing up on our family dairy farm in Canterbury, I spent many weekends and holidays milking cows, rearing calves, working on river plantings, doing fuel excise returns, assisting with compliance paperwork, vaccinating, grubbing thistles and many other jobs. Through this, I have gained an understanding and passion for farming.
I want to use my passion for the environment, science and agriculture to benefit farmers so they can understand their environmental impacts and utilise management practices to minimise these impacts.
In my experience, farmers try hard to reduce their environmental impact as they love farming and want to look after the land, water and animals. I want to be a person who bridges the gap between farmers and environmentally sustainable farming, I believe it is achievable for farmers to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. This balance of sustainability is what will enable New Zealand to thrive in the future, as a thriving agriculturally-based economy and picturesque landscape which meets the needs of both dairy sector and recreational users.
Nothing should stop New Zealand from leading in environmentally sustainable agriculture.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of study and appreciate the wide range of disciplines introduced in Year 1 of the environmental science degree.
Environmental issues often encompass multiple disciplines such as chemistry, ecology and soil science, therefore interdisciplinary solutions are required. By linking our learning to real-world and on-farm applications, I feel Lincoln University’s land-based focus is preparing me to have the skills and knowledge to benefit both farmers and the environment through practical and meaningful solutions.