Focus Turns to Competition After Excellence Award Win

Posted by Erin Speedy on 5 November 2019 | Comments

Founder of Nurture Farming, Lisa Kendall, is remaining focused despite winning an NZ Young Farmers Excellence Award. 

The South Auckland Farmer and Franklin Young Farmers Club Chair is at the forefront of agricultural innovation in sheep milking and is known as a leader in her community. 

Lisa Kendall close up

Despite the award announcement yesterday, her mind has already turned to competing in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Competition.

The 27 year old became the fourth female ever to qualify for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in 2017.

She is planning to compete at district level at the end of November, where she hopes to qualify for Regionals and then get to Grand Final level again.

Lisa develops sheep milking products and also provides sheep milk free of charge to her community.

She says winning the Excellence Award has come as a surprise.

“It’s a real honour, I think it’s really awesome just looking at past winners in previous years, it’s so cool to hear their stories so it’s cool to be on the same level as them, just a group of inspiring people,” she says.

Nurture Farming was established in 2016 as a lifestyle consultancy business, but expanded after Lisa started thinking about the environmental and nutritional benefits of sheep milk.

Lisa kendall2

“There’s a real resurgence of sheep milk, goat milk, and other innovative ways of farming just to explore other options and to add value to New Zealand products,” she says.

Expanding her enterprise, she has started to make sheep milk soap to sell at markets.

“People are wanting more natural products with less chemicals in it so you can have something really simple like a milk soap that’s really moisturising,” she says.

Next year, she plans to establish facilities where she can develop her own food products, registered with the Ministry of Primary Industries.

“I just currently sell the milk to cheese makers,” she says.

“I’m hoping we can start doing some more of that in house, to control the whole value adding chain and further add to the products we produce.”

On top of running her own business, Lisa is known as a leader as Chair of Franklin Young Farmers Club and within her community.

“I do lot of shearing for the district and I do consulting as well,” she says.

Lisa Kendall Chainsaw

The Lincoln University Graduate has a list of accolades under her belt.

 She has completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme as a champion of animal welfare and has also been selected as a finalist for the Zanda McDonald Award.

 A role model and mentor, she has appeared in Honda promotions and safety advertisements for STIHL.

 Lisa is also secretary of the Donald Pearson Farm Board which oversees the Auckland dairy farm owned by NZ Young Farmers.

 Two other NZ Young Farmers have also won an NZ Young Farmers Excellence Award – Kahlia Fryer (Tikokino) and William Robertson (Massey).

NZ Young Farmers Chief Executive Lynda Coppersmith says the quality of nominees this year was inspiring.

“It was extremely hard for our judges to choose just three winners,” she says.

“I was so impressed with the calibre of nominations we received and I’m so proud of the work that our members do to keep supporting their communities, as well as growing and developing their careers.”