As a young girl working with 4H pigs and raising a small herd of beef cattle, I always had a dream of being an integral part of feeding, fueling, and clothing the world. My first paid job was in agriculture at the age of eight years old walking bean fields to cut the weeds out. I went to a local catholic high school which did not offer agriculture or FFA (Future Farmers of America) classes. I wanted to be a part of the FFA so I arranged with my high school to be able to take the FFA classes at another high school and transferred for a few hours a day. Upon high school graduation I attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics. I am currently a high yield specialist with Mycogen Seeds and work with progressive farmers in 12 counties in Southwestern Indiana.
My husband, Jeff grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Vanderburgh county. He attended Purdue University majoring in Agronomy. He is currently Vice President with Simms Painting Company working in the industrial painting industry.
In 2012, one of our lifelong dreams became a reality and we started a grain farm from scratch. Upon marrying in 2007, Jeff & I discussed the possibilities of starting a farm and all that it would take to do that. At the time it seemed it was a task that was too big to accomplish. We started saving, built a shop and designed it so that it could function as a future farm shop. Then a few years later an opportunity was presented. It has been a great experience to put the knowledge I have gained in the agriculture industry into action on our own farm. Our farm has grown over the past four years and we are looking to continue to grow.
Jeff and I also want our 6 year old daughter to see how you can turn a dream into reality by planning, hard work, perseverance and living our Christian values. The past four years has been one of our biggest challenges as we have had to prioritize needs and balance career, business, family and fun. Our farm is not only a business but a way of life for our family.