We’ve said it before and no doubt we’ll say it again: the fortitude of Union Homestead lies in the diversity of interests, talents and strengths (and conversely boredom-inducers, ineptitudes and weaknesses) of the six of us. Like Captain Planet, it’s a case of Our Powers Combined. With this in mind and hot on the heels of The Renovators triumph, we are basking in the rosy glow of another Homesteader’s success which has nothing to do with donning cap and gown after a lengthy period of classroom based learning. That path was never one The Farmer would have chosen to tread.
Classrooms and The Farmer never really saw eye to eye. No one is at fault in this, it is just a simple fact. He found the speed each topic was introduced, explored and dispatched bewildering and frustrating (no sooner had his interest been piqued or a formula decoded than the class was moved on to educational pastures new) and even if class numbers had allowed for more student-teacher interaction, he has never been one to draw attention to himself. In a world where success is measured by academic prowess, much Homestead midnight oil was burnt helping him plot his course.
Home Schooling and then the wonderful Te Kura o Te Pounamu (New Zealand Correspondence School) saw him gain adequate qualifications to set off into the world, but it was undertaking a short course in Animal Care at Academy New Zealand that firmly pointed his career compass. The guy has a way with animals.
Now after a six month starter course followed by a year spent gaining his National Certificate in Animal Care and countless hours volunteering and then working on a casual basis for Arion Farm Education Park, his tenacity and hard work has paid off. This week he signed a full time work contract in an occupation he loves and The Farmer is now farming for real!
So spirits are high on the Homestead! We’re revelling in the fruition of a huge grunt of hard work in the face of a pretty vocal band of sceptics and are celebrating the different faces of success.
Are we proud? Only to bursting!
Merry Christmas to you all, from the Homestead, with love.