Young Farmers profile: 21-year-old Harry Green hopes for a growing role in the family business
Norfolk Young Farmers
As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 21-year-old farm worker HARRY GREEN explains how he wants to build on his role in the family business.
I left school and went to work on the family farm, which is an arable contracting business.
Later I went to Easton and Otley College, getting a degree in mixed agriculture, and I went on to work at Euston Estate Farms for my apprenticeship, and I did some contract work at RG Abrey Farms.
Having gained a variety of different qualifications, I went full-time on the family farm and have worked there since. On the farm we crop maize, sugar beet, wheat, oilseed rape and grass. Last year we used a JCB Fastrac and trailer to cart the sugar beet to the factory, but now we have taken on two lorries one of which is articulated and the other is an eight-wheeler – which I drive, as this year I got my HGV Class 1 and 2.
We also cart Limex to farmers around Suffolk and Norfolk. During the cereal harvest I go on the round baler or on the corn cart whilst dad is on the combine. When the rain stopped us from getting on with harvest we got on with putting some new grain walling up in the grain store, or caught up on some workshop maintenance on machines.
In the coming years I’m hoping to get more involved with the business and finance side of things so I can learn for when I hopefully take over the family business.
Becoming involved with Young Farmers has offered me the chance to meet new people – and some I went to primary school and high school with.
There’s also funding available to develop and gain qualifications to travel the world. I took part in Cycling Home, the charity event where Diss YFC cycled from Paris, raising money for the Norfolk Multiple Sclerosis Centre.
Young Farmers has given me more confidence to work with people, and to get to know people, and has given me the chance to go to events or meetings in and around farming, or doing charity events. I have been given the role of programme secretary for the club this year and I’m looking forward to introducing the club to new places and finding some new, interesting talks.
Name: Harry Green
Occupation: Farm worker
YFC Club: Diss
How long have you been a Young Farmer? 3 years
Diss YFC meets at Burston Pavilion, Tucks Mill, on Wednesday evenings. For more details about Norfolk Young Farmers contact the county office on 01603 731307.