Vanessa is the farmer in the O’Connor family, although she herself came from a non-agricultural one. Her decision to pursue agriculture, she says, was never questioned by her family: “My parents married young and went to London in the 60s. They got away from the conservative Ireland of that time. They came back in the 70s, so I grew up in an open-minded home, free of stereotypical expectations.”

Although men have benefitted from marrying into farms for generations, it’s more unusual to hear about women picking up the mantle of “farmer” in a marriage. How it all came about sounds like any other boy-meets-girl story.