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Posted On: 4th Aug 2015

A Call To Farms Fix On ITV

Fixer Emily Page
Emily opens up the farm
Richard Self, Edge Careers

‘The farm has been in my family for over 100 years now. I will be the fourth generation to take it over. I trained to be a graphic designer but I realised I wasn’t happy and I was choosing to go ploughing rather than sit at a sketchbook - so I went back to my roots.’

Emily Page (25) from Great Yarmouth wants to encourage more young people to pursue a career in agriculture.

Her story was broadcast on ITV News Anglia on Thursday 6th August.

‘Since I’ve got back into agriculture I’ve realised there is a shortage of young people in the industry,’ explains Emily.

‘It’s a shame because with all the technology that’s evolving there is no-one to help it progress even further.

‘It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding.

'You are involved in every single bit of the process and it’s fantastic seeing the results.’ 

In the broadcast, Emily explains that she’s helping to create a film with Fixers to show others her age the opportunities available to them in the farming industry.

Richard Self from Edge Careers also appears in the TV piece, in support of Emily’s campaign.

‘Food and farming have the second oldest workforce in the UK and with increasing technology coming into the industry we need more young people,’ he says.  

‘The perception of the industry is that it is low pay and bad conditions but you can actually earn quite a reasonable wage and have a really exciting career.’

You can watch Emily's TV film here at the top of this page.

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Gemma Mitchell and Paul Gardner also want to encourage young
people to choose the agricultural way of life. Watch their TV film.


Author: Cara Laithwaite


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