23 November 2020
Even before starting her degree journey with Harper Adams, Eleanor Gilbert has been sharing her passion for agriculture with the world. Under the alias of Berkshire Farm Girl, Eleanor’s mission is to share life as a female farmer through her daily work and now her studies. Undertaking BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management, Eleanor shares how her first few weeks at university have been so far.
When deciding where to study, Eleanor said: “At Harper, I was particularly impressed with the farm and the machinery on site. Harper also offers an agriculture and crop management pathway which most other universities don’t.”
Settling into university life @HarperAdamsUni . It has been hard work but feel really well supported. Fingers crossed I can come home for Christmas. We have been kept safe in herds here and I am pleased to say no Covid. #learning #farming #agriculture pic.twitter.com/kwgez9DHFc— Berkshire Farm Girl ?????????????? (@LIttleBigFarm) November 13, 2020
Life at university is a big step change for most students but Eleanor is taking it in her stride. She said: “Starting out at university has been hard because of the coronavirus but I think Harper has made the best out of this difficult situation.
“In my free time, I’ve joined the polo and hockey clubs which I’m thoroughly enjoying.
“In terms of my studies, I’m most looking forward to studying about crop management next year. In the future I would like to become an agronomist as well as working on my home farm.”
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Life isn’t all study for Eleanor as she is keeping up with her social media presence to help share her findings about the industry. She commented: “My social media pages have been bridging the knowledge gap between the public and farmers. It has brought awareness to young and old about the possibilities and opportunities within the agricultural sector.
“I was keen to demonstrate the hard work and long hours that go into feeding the nation and where food comes. This has sparked significant interest in my hometown in Berkshire, with the BBC and my local magazine ‘Out and About’.”
To create this content, Eleanor is currently working on a dairy farm local to Harper Adams but is missing working with her machinery back home.