Young farmer, Christina Cowell, hopes to share her passion and excitement for the agricultural industry by landing a career in education.
The 22-year-old is already on the way to achieving her dream after being named student of the month for her dedication to educating the next generation.
Christina, from Goosnargh, near Preston, is a former student at Myerscough College and is now in her final year at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.
She hopes to work in a role which will enable her to teach the next generation about farming and food provenance, as well as the exciting job prospects available within the agri-food sector.
Her dissertation project is based on evaluating the attitudes of key stage four students towards agriculture, and how they vary between urban and rural schools.
Christina, who studies BSc (hons) agriculture and is a student warden for the on-campus hall of residence, said: “I want to find out what attitudes young people have towards a career in agriculture, and understand their level of knowledge about the subject.
“To do this, I will be surveying and comparing urban and rural schools. I would like to think that students from rural schools will have a positive attitude towards agricultural careers, but, it could be the
other way around. Hence my reason for choosing the subject for my dissertation project.”
Christina hopes that her research will prove effective preparation for when she applies for graduate jobs. Ideally, she would like to work in a role in schools liaison or outreach that will enable her to pass on her
knowledge and passion.
Christina, a keen member of Chipping Young Farmers Club, added: “My placement year was such a good experience, I was mainly responsible for heifer rearing,
looking after around 120 calves at one time.
“At home I help on my step dad’s 500-cow dairy farm which operates a rotary parlour, milking three times a day.
“I’m also a member of professional development register, Dairy Pro, and have even had a profile written about me on the website. You could definitely say that I’m a dairy girl at heart.”
Christina hopes to spend a year in the United States America working on large-scale dairy farms.