City kids go rural

COUNTRY EXPERIENCE: The seven Farm Experience programme students (from left) Emelia Cox, Danni Kennedy, Bella Howe, Kasey Hillary, Matthew Beuzenberg, Jessica Lee, Jack Goodgame spent a week learning about what is was like to live and work on a farm.

Seven city teenagers spent a week experiencing country life.

The Hillmorton, Cashmere and Riccarton High School pupils took part in Farm Experience, a programme designed to give the pupils the chance to spend a week living with a farming family and learning about life on the land and food production.

FARM LIFE: Riccarton High School pupil Jack Goodgame, Host farm equity partner and farm manager Rodney Booth, Cashmere High School pupil Bella Howe and host family Rowen & Margaret Manson spent the week working together on the farm as the pupils took part in the Farm Experience programme.

Cashmere year 10 pupil Bella Howe stayed at Margaret and Ross Manson’s beef finishing and sheep property south-west of Hororata for her week and spent her time vaccinating, drenching and tagging stock, helping out with shearing along with other day-to-day tasks.

She said had not spent a lot of time on a farm before and had not expected so much practical work.

“I really didn’t realise all of the things that needed to happen and all of the decisions that need to be made on-farm every day.”

Bella said the programme had been a fantastic experience and had opened her eyes to the career possibilities in the agricultural sector.

“It was so much fun and I’m so glad I did it.”

After their week on the farm the pupils came together on the last day and were taken on a field trip to a range of mid-Canterbury agricultural companies.

The programme was an initiative by the Rabobank’s client council.