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PANNAR WOMEN’S MONTH: IN THE SPOTLIGHT, TIFFANY ALLEN13 August 2018

August is Women’s Month and to celebrate, PANNAR will be featuring five wonderful ladies in agriculture over the course of five weeks.

Next up in the PANNAR spotlight, is the wonderful Tiffany Allen.

Where do you live/farm?

Middelburg, Mpumalanga

How did you get involved in farming?

I fell into the farming industry when I started dating my husband. Growing up in Durban and having very little exposure to farm life, my knowledge of farming was really limited. I was amazed at how technologically-advanced farming can be and how underappreciated the farming industry is. People often have a very skewed opinion of farming, when in actual fact farming has evolved tremendously over the years.

What would you say is your main role on the farm?

Being a massive support system to my husband and our two children. Being a farmer's wife requires lots of devotion, understanding and patience. In order for my husband to be the passionate and successful farmer he is, he sometimes has to put the farm first and I play a fundamental role in tending to our family's needs and managing our home. Farming is not just a job to us - it's a lifestyle that we are extremely proud of.

Who is your biggest role model?

Definitely my husband. I don't know a more passionate, dedicated and hard-working individual. His mind often has to be in several places at once, as there is a huge amount of stress that goes into farming. He can never afford to really fully switch off. When we are on holiday or away from home he still has to check the markets, the weather, where his trucks are and worry about fires. He puts his whole heart and soul into what he does and takes massive risks without knowing what the outcome will be, due to variables that are out of his control. He manages to do all of the above and still tries to be a fully-present husband and father when he gets home.

What do you love most about farm life?

I am a mom of two: my son is eleven and my daughter is three. I love that our children get to grow up in an outdoor environment. They have loads of space to run around and be kids, yet they also learn responsibility from a very young age. My three-year-old daughter knows that on a weekend she has to check the cattle with her Dad and my eleven-year-old son can drive a tractor and even helped out this past harvesting season during the school holidays. They are encouraged to be involved on the farm and to appreciate what their dad, grandfather and great-grandfather have put into the farm.

How do you see the role of women in farming?

I perceive women in agriculture as the cornerstone of the farming industry. There are women who are involved in agriculture production, finances, running errands, offering first aid, household management and raising the next generation of farmers. All of these women should be respected and appreciated for their roles in agriculture - whether big or small.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself getting involved in the administration side of farming and still doing what I do best: being a wife and mom. My family is my passion.

COMPETITION TIME: Join PANNAR in our Women's Month tribute and upload a photograph of a special lady who is involved in agriculture (in any shape or form) and deserves to be mentioned. You can find more information here.

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