Becoming a young farmer in the UK 在英國成為一名青年農民

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Becoming a young farmer in the UK 在英國成為一名青年農民

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和 「work(工作)」 有關的詞彙

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What job did Jessica Addy do before she got a job on a dairy farm?

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Farming can be a tough business. Not just battling against the weather, but also working long hours and trading in a challenging market. But life in the open air, working with animals and growing food for a living, is a dream for many.

務農可是一份艱難的苦差事。不僅要與天氣作鬥爭,工作時間長,還要在競爭激烈的市場中作買賣。但在戶外生活,與動物一起工作,以種植食物為生,這對於許多人來說,是一個夢想。

David and Becca are beef farmers in Cumbria (in the UK). Neither of them come from a farming background, and it was their initial lack of finance and farmland that were the biggest hurdles to overcome.

大衛和貝卡是英國坎布里亞郡的肉牛養殖農民。他們都沒有務農的背景,起初缺乏資金和耕地,這是他們要克服的最大障礙

David Corrie-Close and Bekka Corrie-Close, The Horned Beef Company
We actually sat down with a bank a couple of times and…
They literally laughed at us, didn’t they?
They just didn’t get it. We were out there competing with people who’d been farming all their lives, people (who) had quite a lot of money and they could just go and borrow a bit more to take on more land or another farm.

大衛‧科裡-克羅塞         貝卡‧科裡-克羅塞         The Horned Beef Company 公司
「我們和一家銀行談了幾次……」
「他們真的是在嘲笑我們,是不是?」
「他們就是不明白。我們和那些一輩子都在務農的人競爭,那些人有很多錢,他們可以去借更多的錢來買更多的土地或買其它農場。」

So the pair got creative. They lived in yurt for years and even crowdfunded their cattle. All to get where they are today – running their own farm.

於是這對夫妻就有了創意。他們在蒙古包裡住了好幾年,甚至靠眾籌養牛。這一切都是為了今天——經營自己的農場。

Their story is one of the more extreme examples of getting into agriculture.

他們進入農業領域的故事是一個比較極端的例子。

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs says the industry’s future depends not just on innovation, but also on more opportunities within bigger farm businesses.

全國青年農民聯合會俱樂部說,農業的未來不僅取決於創新,還取決於大型農企內的更多機會。

Jessica Addy is 22. She traded a life pulling pints for a job on a dairy farm.

傑西卡‧阿迪,22歲。她放棄了在酒吧的工作,去了一個奶牛農場工作。

Jessica Addy, farm worker
It’s life-changing. I wouldn’t ever change my life now. (I have) just so much motivation for the job and it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done.

傑西卡‧阿迪            農場工人
「這是改變人生的事情。我永遠不會改變我現在的生活。我對這份工作充滿動力,這可能是我做過的最好的事情。」

And that’s the message farmers are keen to promote – that the UK’s farmland is not just pretty, but a perfect place to work.

這就是農民們渴望宣傳的信息:英國的農田不僅漂亮,而且是完美的工作地點。

詞彙

tough business 困難的工作

hurdles 障礙

running 經營

traded a life 換了一份工作

life-changing 改變人生的

問題答案       

Her previous job was pulling pints – working in a pub.