April’s #PeopleOfNRM is our newest team member, Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer Anna Cornell!
Anna grew up in the Northern Agricultural Region around Geraldton, Northampton, Horrocks and Kalbarri, each being ‘home’ in their own way. She spent her childhood on a hobby farm near Horrocks ,where she spent her days driving around the farm with her fathers’ plant ID books on a hunt for wildflowers.
In 2016, Anna moved to Perth and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Botany and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Being at university presented Anna the opportunities that included vacation work as an Environmental Scientist on a mine site, studying in Copenhagen, and taking on the role of Secretary for Students of Natural and Agricultural Science (or SNAGS). After wrapping up her studies, Anna worked in the Wheatbelt for a year, studying Crop Trial Research. She was drawn back to the NAR to be closer to family, the beach and the land she calls home.
As NACC NRM’s newest Sustainable Agriculture team member, Anna will primarily be working on the Growing Great Ground project. She will be working with landholders to address wind erosion and improve on-farm biodiversity by support landholders to establish perennial pastures and native vegetation. You will likely also see Anna at workshops and events that aim to help landholders and farmers ensure the sustainability of their natural resources.
Anna says she always had a passion for botany, and growing up around the Agricultural industry led her to marry these interests in her career.
“I’m excited to work with conserving the environment and its natural resources, while also helping growers get the most out of their land,” said Anna.
“And if I spot some interesting wildflowers while out on a site visit, then that’s just a bonus!”
Now that she’s home, Anna says she is looking forward to visiting some of her favourite places. These include the serene Little Bay Lookout in Horrocks and the wildflower-carpeted Coalseam Conservation Park.
“Outside of the office, you can find me venturing out on bush walks – especially in Spring – watering my plants and taking my dog Floyd to the beach,” says Anna.
“I am so grateful to call this incredibly diverse region my home, and I’m excited for all of the new experiences and opportunities which lay ahead for me in this role and the NRM industry.”