Thank you! Tak! Asante Sana! Sláinte!
What a year it has been.
16 weeks of travel to 12 countries – and more still to come.
I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who have helped me on my Nuffield journey so far. To the new friends I’ve made all over the world – thank you for having an open mind, answering my calls and emails and agreeing to meet with me. I ask some pretty tricky questions but without you, my Nuffield is nuffing! (sorry that was awful)
To the dedicated team at the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in the UK, Nuffield International and my sponsors The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and The Trehane Trust – thank you for making this year possible and for the continued support along the way.
To my family and my amazing boyfriend Alex – thank you for keeping me calm when things get a little overwhelming.
To the other 2016 Nuffield Scholars at home and around the world – hope you’re all doing great since we were last together at our conference in March. #Nuffield16 THIS IS CAVAN!
To anyone that reads this blog – thank you so much and please keep reading!
Here are some of the faces that have made this year of adventure so unforgettable.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a heartfelt HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!
Pat Bane, Illinois hog farmer
South Dakota rancher Larry Stomprud feeding his young bulls
I always take the opportunity to climb a silo!
Wayne Dredge downs the Joburg Beer in The Shack, Johannesburg, South Africa
John Kamau, investigative reporter, The Daily Nation, Nairobi
Karl Plume from Reuters in Chicago
Roz O’Shaughnessy and Michael Walsh, Bord Bia, Dublin
Ulrik Haagerup, Executive Director of News, DR Beyn, Denmark
Nicole Foster, ‘City Mom’, part of the Illinois Farm Families project
Me, Tim Smith (Canadian Nuffield Scholar), William Harrington (Aus) and Luciano Loman (Brazil) in Kenya
GFP dinner, South Africa
US Department of Agriculture, Washington DC
Søren Andersen, Press Officer, Danish Agriculture & Food Council
Donelle Eller, Reporter, Des Moines Register
On the beach in County Wexford with my uni friend Jacqueline Walsh, who also works for the Irish Young Farmers organisation Macra
After branding calves in South Dakota – the Stomprud Family
John Pieterson, News Director, KOTA TV in Rapid City, South Dakota
My Nuffield mentor Nic Small, Certainly Wood, Herefordshire
Peter Kiær, pig farmer, Denmark
Acting Secretary of State for Agriculture Michael T Scuse, in his office in Washington DC
Eric & Carrie Johnson, Jordanal Farms selling their pasture raised meat at Madison Farmers’ Market, Wisconsin
The legend that is Charlotte Smith at work in Broadcasting House, London.
Nuffield Scholars on the equator
Hotdog dudes in Chicago
Irish legend and Nuffield Scholar Tommy Moyles on his beef farm in Clonakilty
My Dad who travelled with me through South Dakota. One of the highlights of my year.
Darragh McCullough, Irish farmer, journalist and presenter of RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground
Brian Mabry, Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, USDA in Washington DC
The legend that is Phil Tilly in Kenya
This is Cavan! My souvenir from the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Ireland in March
Corn dude! Alsum Sweetcorn at Madison Farmers’ Market, Wisconsin
Old friends David Betts and David Stanley in a field of wheat, Kenya
Investigative journalist, broadcaster and foodie podcaster Monica Eng in Chicago
Nuffield Scholars on a rock in Laikipia, Kenya
Mike Naig, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa
Stanley Gitau, dairy farmer, driver and safari guide, Laikipia, Kenya
Sally Worley, Executive Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa
In the RTÉ Countrywide studio with Damien O’Reilly
Danish journalist Jan who I met randomly in a backpackers’ hostel in Chicago
Willis Kern, News Director and Charlie Schlenker, Assistant News Director, WGLT, Illinois
Sunday morning with the Stomprud Family
Irish journalist and broadcaster Ella McSweeney
Irish Nuffield Scholar Maeve O’Keeffe demonstrates her Inspect 4 turnover crate
Kjeld Hansen, investigative journalist and author, Denmark
Larry Reinhold, cattle rancher, Sturgis, South Dakota
2016 Nuffield Scholars in Northern France on a tour of WW1 battlefields
My year group – the UK’s crop of 2016 Nuffield Scholars
Jim and Rebecca from Northwood Organic Farm in Wisconsin
Gil and Lisa Gullickson in Iowa. Gil is crop editor at Successful Farming.
The late Jill Betts and her husband David in Kenya, April 2016
Me and my Alex on Zanzibar, Tanzania
Mike Brady, agricultural consultant and land agent, County Cork, Ireland
Julius Sigei and Michael Oriedo, Seeds of Gold, Daily Nation, Nairobi
The wonderful Reinhold family on their ranch near Sturgis, South Dakota
GFP buddies – getting sloshed my Maeve in Ireland
Lachie Green in a cheese factory, South Africa
Brad Moline, turkey farmer, Iowa
Jeff Kirwan, Board of Directors and David Erickson, Vice President of Illinois Farm Bureau
GFP: Lachie Green, Richard Fowler, Maeve O’Keeffe and Luciano Loman in The Shack, Johannesburg
My GFP group – friends for life
The Shamba Shape Up crew, Kenya
I wouldn’t be doing a Nuffield without the support of this man – Jeremy Hayes, former BBC Editor of Rural Affairs
Jonathan Hoare and Ultan Waldron, Press Officer, Department of Agriculture, Dublin
Kent Politsch, Public Affairs Chief, USDA, Washington DC
Terry James, News and Agribusines Director, WJBC, Illinois
The team at Meredith Publishing in Des Moines, Iowa