Katie Anderson is a 27-year-old first generation, female farmer who started out on a path towards a teaching career before finding her passion for farming.
In 2016 she combined her enthusiasm for agriculture and being outdoors, with her qualifications in education, to open her own working educational smallholding, Muddy Boots Farm, located in rural East Essex. She relocated to Kent in the summer of 2018, where she now works as an Assistant Farm Manager on a rare breed, grass-fed beef cattle farm in Dover. She has also just opened Paddlesworth Produce where she makes and sells the Kent Breakfast Box with her own bacon, sausages, jam and eggs, which she produces with her free-range hens and pigs on her rented smallholding, just outside of Folkestone.
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’, start a farm fresh produce business, grow a flock of rare and native breed sheep, start a career in the industry 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’, asked to attend the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Show with the NFU and speak to the BBC on their live coverage, invited to the annual lunch as one of Barclay’s 400 Women of Year 2018, 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 business and continued sharing of her story of working in the industry. She has appeared in several publications including BBC News, the Guardian, the Farmer’s Guardian, Farmland Magazine and Student Farmer Magazine. 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 work in the industry, especially those not from a farming background, however she realises that her honest posts and 5am lambing selfies are likely to have the opposite effect!