Friday, July 3
Five years, two degrees, one year abroad and well over 1,400 employability points* later and I have found myself at Romney Marsh Wools for a two-week project placement.
I picked this placement because I am a (newly-qualified) multimedia journalist and wanted to explore this type of media some more.
I have only ever had experience producing TV and radio packages for academic purposes so wanted to see how I would get on in the 'real world' and without the aid from my teachers.
Romney Marsh Wools is a relatively new, small business based in the Aldington countryside and is owned and managed by husband and wife, Paul and Kristina Boulden.
The family have been farming for at least six generations and now work on two and a half thousand acres on land in the area, where they herd sheep and cattle and grow crops for both animal feed and human consumption.
In 2008, Romney Marsh Wools was set up and has since sold a range of natural products from moccasins and pillows to rugs and even bunting, using their own Romney and Merino sheep fleeces.
Nothing goes to waste as even the lanolin, a yellow waxy substance found in sheep wool, is used to create a range of natural, skin-loving toiletries.
As someone who knew nothing about farming, let alone the benefits of sheep's wool, I have learned something new every day since starting the placement a week ago and am still learning more.
I am absolutely astounded by how useful wool and lanolin is that I cannot believe the industry isn't booming.
Did you know that wool is a natural insulator and multi-climatic, meaning that it retains heat when it's cold and releases heat and moisture when it's hot? Loft insulation anyone?
Tomorrow, I will be joining Kristina at the Kent County Show in Detling; an annual celebration of everything Kent and everything farming.
I will be putting together a promotional video which will recognise Romney Marsh Wools not only as an environmentally-friendly, natural and unique brand but also as a company that is proud to be from Kent.
This video will be just one part of the flash storytelling project which I am currently designing using Adobe Flash CS6 ' after doing one for my academic studies and achieving the highest grade on the course ' and I am very excited to see how it all comes together.
*Employability Points is a scheme that 'rewards students for active engagement in extra-curricular activities during their time at the University of Kent'. (www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints)
-- by Jayna Rana
* All images featured in this post by Jayna Rana