The Farmers Fast Five: Where we ask a Farmer Five quick questions about Farming, and what Agriculture means to them. Today we talk to Proud Farmer Sharon Chart.
How long have you been farming?
I've been farming for most of my life. I've always had an affinity with the outdoors and animals and I was fascinated with being able to ask a working dog to help move stock or do something in the yards especially when I was on my own. When I turned 30, I had a life changing experience and I took up farming full time starting off in the Hawkes Bay where I spent 4 years and then eventually heading back South again where I have worked on numerous different places. My favourite experience would have to be when I worked on a high country station just out of Queenstown. It was an amazing place to be and it taught me a lot about myself.
2. What sort of farming were you involved in?
I'm involved in sheep and beef. I always have been although I've worked 18 months with deer as well and even dabbled around with ostriches which were interesting. I enjoy working with sheep the most and I prefer to be out on the hill somewhere.
3. What makes you Proud to be a Farmer?
Being involved directly with farming has helped me become more independent and bolder as a person doing things I never thought I would be able to do.
4. What do you love about Farming?
The obvious love for me would be the fact that I get to be outside all day and I get to see and appreciate scenery that a lot of people don't have a chance to experience. The down side to being outside is having to work in all types of weather regardless of what it's doing! I also get to be at the 'gym' most days and working hands on with animals which I love especially working dogs.
5.What advice would you give the next generation of farmers?
Never lose empathy or compassion for both animals and humans alike. If you lose your empathy, you shouldn't be farming. Also, never be scared to ask for advice. There is so much to learn in farming that it takes a lifetime to learn it.