09/11/17 – Christchurch, New Zealand

Jess Carmichael

Hey HarvestHERs!
My apologies for the lack of posts over the last few months!
Since the seeding season finished up in June, I headed back to New Zealand for the winter, and have been living and working in Christchurch for a few months. It’s been an interesting adjustment getting back to what some may call a ‘normal’ life for a while. Eight-hour days, with weekends off, may have been a bit of a novelty early on, but being in a job that is indoors all day was definitely a tough adjustment.
Though, for many of you, harvest is winding down…here in the southern hemisphere, we’re just gearing up, and I’ll be heading back to Western Australia in about a month, just in time to get into harvest life there.
In the meantime, I thought I’d share some pictures and tell you a little about my harvest experience in the UK…

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06/12/17 – Ravensthorpe, Western Australia

Last field!

Jess Carmichael -Urara

After 7 weeks, 4000 ha of crop, and 300 ha of pasture, seeding for 2017 has finally come to an end!

Between some pretty big teething problems with the new seeder box and extremely dry conditions, we had a pretty slow start to the season. This added an extra challenge to the process of learning how to operate the air seeder – luckily for me I had some very patient teachers in my boss, Rian, and the farm’s main worker, Steve. I was also pretty excited to get to work with 2 other awesome HarvestHERs/Farmhers – Jodi who predominantly runs the sheep side, and Kaz who does all of the agronomy.

A beautiful sunset to finish off my awesome seeding experience.

Around 3 1/2 weeks in, we mostly got the seeder running as it was supposed to and even got a bit of rain so we were able to crank up and start going around the clock. I ran the seeder for day shift from 5am til 5pm, while Steve did the other 12 hours on night shift.

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Introducing Jess Carmichael

I’m  SO EXCITED to introduce to you our very first “International HarvestHER” (pun intended)!! Please give a warm HarvestHER welcome to Jess Carmichael…

Hey Everyone!

I was born and raised near the small town of Riverton, on the south coast of New Zealand. I got my start in tractor driving while operating the swather rake for my parent’s silage contracting business and aside from a stint at University, I haven’t looked back.

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Jess Carmichael

Hey Everyone! My name’s Jess and I’m super excited to share with you my harvest tales and updates from around the world! I was born and raised near the small town of Riverton, on the south coast of New Zealand. I got my start in tractor driving while operating the swather rake for my parent’s silage contracting business and aside from a stint at University, I haven’t looked back....