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!
Old friends David Betts and David Stanley in a field of wheat, Kenya
This is Cavan! My souvenir from the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Ireland in March
Corn dude! Alsum Sweetcorn at Madison Farmers’ Market, Wisconsin
The wonderful Reinhold family on their ranch near Sturgis, South Dakota
John Kamau, investigative reporter, The Daily Nation, Nairobi
Me, Tim Smith (Canadian Nuffield Scholar), William Harrington (Aus) and Luciano Loman (Brazil) in Kenya
Wayne Dredge downs the Joburg Beer in The Shack, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jonathan Hoare and Ultan Waldron, Press Officer, Department of Agriculture, Dublin
The legend that is Charlotte Smith at work in Broadcasting House, London.
Kjeld Hansen, investigative journalist and author, Denmark
Nuffield Scholars on the equator
GFP buddies – getting sloshed my Maeve in Ireland
The team at Meredith Publishing in Des Moines, Iowa
GFP: Lachie Green, Richard Fowler, Maeve O’Keeffe and Luciano Loman in The Shack, Johannesburg
Mike Brady, agricultural consultant and land agent, County Cork, Ireland
John Pieterson, News Director, KOTA TV in Rapid City, South Dakota
Willis Kern, News Director and Charlie Schlenker, Assistant News Director, WGLT, Illinois
Investigative journalist, broadcaster and foodie podcaster Monica Eng in Chicago
South Dakota rancher Larry Stomprud feeding his young bulls
Søren Andersen, Press Officer, Danish Agriculture & Food Council
Me and my Alex on Zanzibar, Tanzania
Kent Politsch, Public Affairs Chief, USDA, Washington DC
In the RTÉ Countrywide studio with Damien O’Reilly
US Department of Agriculture, Washington DC
Pat Bane, Illinois hog farmer
Nicole Foster, ‘City Mom’, part of the Illinois Farm Families project
Peter Kiær, pig farmer, Denmark
My Nuffield mentor Nic Small, Certainly Wood, Herefordshire
Brian Mabry, Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, USDA in Washington DC
Larry Reinhold, cattle rancher, Sturgis, South Dakota
Julius Sigei and Michael Oriedo, Seeds of Gold, Daily Nation, Nairobi
Eric & Carrie Johnson, Jordanal Farms selling their pasture raised meat at Madison Farmers’ Market, Wisconsin
Hotdog dudes in Chicago
Karl Plume from Reuters in Chicago
Irish Nuffield Scholar Maeve O’Keeffe demonstrates her Inspect 4 turnover crate
Stanley Gitau, dairy farmer, driver and safari guide, Laikipia, Kenya
GFP dinner, South Africa
Sunday morning with the Stomprud Family
Donelle Eller, Reporter, Des Moines Register
Lachie Green in a cheese factory, South Africa
Irish legend and Nuffield Scholar Tommy Moyles on his beef farm in Clonakilty
Jim and Rebecca from Northwood Organic Farm in Wisconsin
Roz O’Shaughnessy and Michael Walsh, Bord Bia, Dublin
On the beach in County Wexford with my uni friend Jacqueline Walsh, who also works for the Irish Young Farmers organisation Macra
The late Jill Betts and her husband David in Kenya, April 2016
The legend that is Phil Tilly in Kenya
Acting Secretary of State for Agriculture Michael T Scuse, in his office in Washington DC
Darragh McCullough, Irish farmer, journalist and presenter of RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground
My GFP group – friends for life
Mike Naig, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa
Sally Worley, Executive Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa
I wouldn’t be doing a Nuffield without the support of this man – Jeremy Hayes, former BBC Editor of Rural Affairs
Terry James, News and Agribusines Director, WJBC, Illinois
Gil and Lisa Gullickson in Iowa. Gil is crop editor at Successful Farming.
Ulrik Haagerup, Executive Director of News, DR Beyn, Denmark
Irish journalist and broadcaster Ella McSweeney
Nuffield Scholars on a rock in Laikipia, Kenya
Brad Moline, turkey farmer, Iowa
Danish journalist Jan who I met randomly in a backpackers’ hostel in Chicago
I always take the opportunity to climb a silo!
2016 Nuffield Scholars in Northern France on a tour of WW1 battlefields
After branding calves in South Dakota – the Stomprud Family
My year group – the UK’s crop of 2016 Nuffield Scholars
The Shamba Shape Up crew, Kenya
My Dad who travelled with me through South Dakota. One of the highlights of my year.
Jeff Kirwan, Board of Directors and David Erickson, Vice President of Illinois Farm Bureau