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Breckland farmer’s daughter aims to inspire the next generation

15:09 21 March 2014

Eliza Emmett, of Whitehouse Farm, Oxborough - wuinner of the 2014 Aspire to Farm Award

Eliza Emmett, of Whitehouse Farm, Oxborough - wuinner of the 2014 Aspire to Farm Award

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An imaginative scheme to inspire the next generation in farming attracted half a dozen entries from across Norfolk.

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A Breckland farmer’s daughter won the £1,000 prize in the Norfolk Farm Vets Aspire Farm Award 2014 with a scheme to encourage children to consider a career in food and farming.

Eliza Emmett, of Whitehouse Farm, Oxborough, near Swaffham, wants to film short “quirky” interviews with young farmers to show why it is the best industry in the world. Brought on the family’s livestock farm, Eliza, now 21, impressed the judges with the clarity of her vision.

Her father, Nick, runs a sheep flock, and mother, Susie, broadcasts on agriculture for the BBC World Service and is a film presenter.

One of the judges, Oliver Buckingham, who farms near Bury St Edmunds, said that the short-listed entries were “all of a high standard and showcased a range of brilliant ideas.”

Fellow judge, Becca Colman, of Norfolk Farm Vets, said that the “winning project had the greatest potential to reach out and inspire the largest number of people.

“We also felt her true passion for educating others about farming would ensure the success of this project.”

It was a tough decision to pick the overall winner between Eliza’s film project and a group of Education Youth Services’ students, who wanted to promote the “farming family” concept in schools. The competition, which has again been run by Norfolk Farm Vets, of Grimston, near King’s Lynn, interviewed six finalists for the £1,000 prize.

Molly McKay, of the sponsors, thanked the judges. Anyone interested in the 2015 awards, contact Norfolk Farm Vets on 01485 609031.

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