ACE in the World

Upon arrival, we met John Chapman, the farm owner, and learned some history about the farm’s strong wool and angus beef production. Mr. Chapman had some questions of his own for us regarding trends, difficulties, and solutions we see in the future of agriculture. It was interesting to see how Mr. Chapman’s farming experience and opinions compared with agricultural production in the United States.
May 18, 2017
After a quick briefing on safety precautions in the event of an earthquake, as well as health and safety measures for the farm, we proceeded to head out to the high country sheep station. We talked to the farm owners, John and Matt, for a while about consumer demand, farm practices, and how overall cattle and sheep farming works.
May 17, 2017
The group enjoyed a delicious breakfast featuring homemade jams and farm-produced Manuka honey. We then spent our morning with Kate Cocks learning primarily about the station’s massive wool production system and touring just a small portion of the 100,000 acre property.
May 16, 2017
After we exploring the many shops and photo opportunities, we took a water taxi on Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas Station. Here, the leader of their agricultural tourism business, Bruce, showed us to our living quarters and let us get situated.
May 15, 2017
We ate supper, called our family and friends, saying our last goodbyes before flying to New Zealand. Many of us realized this would be our last time for a while to contact our loved ones while we traveled half way across the world.
May 14, 2017
Today was day one of our trip, filled with travel. Most of the group met up at the ACES Library at 10 am to ride the bus up to O’Hare together.
May 13, 2017
So it’s the end of the semester…
May 5, 2017
As the year is coming to an end and graduation is just around the corner, I can’t help but feel nostalgic already. It’s a very bittersweet time to say goodbye and walk away from all the experiences, commitments, passions, and friends made over the past four years.
May 1, 2017
It’s time to look for your dream job. You’ve been at club meetings, studying, and probably even working at internships over the past few years, but now you’re headed for the real world. You want to find a career, but where should you start?
April 14, 2017
Our first stop of the day was at Full Belly Farms, where the group met with Paul Muller and his daughter Hallie, as well as Hallie’s cute baby girl, Clementine! Their farm is fully organic, producing a large variety of crops as well as housing a large number of chickens.
March 24, 2017