Young Farmers profile: 17-year-old Mikayla-Mae Glover is building on six generations of farming knowledge
PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 24 September 2018
In the latest of our profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, 17-year-old MIKAYLA-MAE GLOVER talks about the generations of farming heritage which inspired her choice of career.
I was born and raised within two families of arable farmers – one farm based in Norfolk and the other in and around Cambridgeshire.
Now I’m a fifth and sixth generation farmer and a landowner of just seven acres.
My earliest memories were of the farm closest to me in Norfolk. I used to love whizzing around the tracks and stubble fields on my quad bike and sitting with my father in the tractor during the harvest corn-cart.
My only interest when growing up was agriculture and as much as I tried venturing into other industries, I found I would gravitate back to wanting to be involved in farming.
Last year, I enrolled at college as a full time agricultural student but I soon found that sitting in a classroom all day, every day, was not for me. I now work as a general farm operator for the Elveden Estate.
At this time of year we are harvesting onions, so my main role is to cart the onions from field to store, or sometimes I rotovate the headlands of fields before and after they’re harvested. This makes it easier for the harvest team and helps prevents weeds from spreading into the field afterwards.
I joined Downham Market Young Farmers in 2017 with the hope of finding like-minded people with similar interests to mine. Being involved in YFC has really enhanced my love for farming and the farming community. I have gained knowledge while having fun and being social. I have been offered the opportunity to receive a First Aid at Work training course alongside various other short courses.
Looking into the future, I would love to develop a wider understanding of the agricultural industry, mainly looking into agricultural business and managing. I will soon start a Level 3 apprenticeship in the hope I will qualify with a diploma in agriculture next year. I own only seven acres of arable land but, in the future, I would love to extend this and own lots of land which I can farm and eventually pass on to my family.
I love working in farming as no two days are ever the same and there’s so much variety with regards to the jobs you can do. I have learnt so much from my job and from the people around me. I’ve gained confidence in operating machinery and also the science behind the jobs we do every day as farmers. Knowing that I’m helping to provide food and looking after the countryside makes me feel very proud to be a farmer.
• Name: Mikayla-Mae Glover
• Age: 17
• Occupation: Arable farmer
• YFC club: Downham Market
• How long have you been a YFC member?: One year
Downham Market YFC meets at the Conservative Club in Downham Market, on Wednesday evenings. For more details about Norfolk Young Farmers contact the county office on 01603 731307.