Katie Anderson is a 26-year-old first generation, female farmer who started out on a path towards a teaching career before finding her passion for farming. She combined her enthusiasm for agriculture and being outdoors, with her qualifications in education, to open her own educational smallholding, Muddy Boots Farm, located in rural East Essex.
Despite having no experience, knowledge or pot of gold; her enthusiasm, passion and unrivalled desire to succeed has seen her open her own ‘farm school’, grow a flock of rare and native breed sheep and has even earned her some national recognition. A few personal highlights include being; selected as a finalist at the British Farming Awards 2017 for the ‘Digital Innovator of the Year’, nominated as a runner up for Student Farmer Magazine’s ‘Young Farmer of The Year 2017’, shortlisted for the 2017 Bayer/FACE Awards for the ‘Inspiring Educator’ category and chosen as a finalist in the ‘Food Producers’ category for the My Country Business Awards. Katie has also received some media attention following the opening of her new business and continued sharing of her story. She has appeared in several publications including BBC News, the Guardian, the Farmer’s Guardian, Farmland Magazine, Student Farmer Magazine and the Maldon & Burnham Standard. For further details visit her ‘In The Press‘ page.
Across her website and social media you will find an account of the day-to-day life of a young, ‘trial & error’ reliant farmer who wants to inspire others to join the industry, however she realises that her honest posts and 5am lambing selfies are likely to have the opposite effect!