• Amber Greiman | Episode 22 | Paving the Way for Young FarmHers

May 01, 2017

I love the Iowa State Fair.  It’s an event I have attended every year of my life that I can remember.  Though I wasn’t raised on a farm and never showed any animals other than my cat in 4-H (yes, I said my CAT), I have always loved annual trips through the livestock barns at the fair.  A walk through the barns isn’t just a look at the cute lambs in their little covers, or watching the cattle rest in the wood shavings, but if you look a little deeper, it is a little peek into the life of the people who bring the animals to show.  


Many of the animals at the fair are FFA or 4-H projects.  Projects that start with drive and determination, and are the result of a lot of work on the part of the kid and their families, but also, behind the scenes, a little due to the dedication and care of the ag teachers that sit behind the scenes.  Amber Greiman is one of those teachers and a pretty amazing one at that.  Amber grew up in agriculture and has carried that love through not only on the family farm she operates with her husband and kids in rural Iowa but also through her role as an FFA advisor and ag teacher at Grundy Center High School.  

Following a stint as state leadership in FFA, Amber went on to study agriculture in college and from there became an ag teacher.  Early in her career she began working not only with the students but became an integral part of the FFA Breeding Sheep Show at the Iowa State Fair.  She learned the ropes and quickly became a superintendent of the show.  Now her yearly duties not only include spending her summers helping her students learn the ropes of raising and showing livestock, but also preparing for and running the show that is the culmination of their hard work.  


As I talked to Amber about her students and her role in connecting them to agriculture it was clear that they mean the world to her.  She loves what she does, and her desire to spread that to the next generation is clear.  It’s not only clear but from my standpoint, extremely important.  She is a strong FarmHer, spreading her love of agriculture to the next generation of FarmHers, and I can’t think of much more important than that.

Watch Amber's video clip from the fair here

Leave a comment

Also in The FarmHer Blog

Her Story Matters |  Three Ways to Make Change for Girls
Her Story Matters | Three Ways to Make Change for Girls

October 11, 2019

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.  At FarmHer we believe everyone has basic rights and through our stories of empowerment and change, we want to show every woman, young or old that she matters.  Her story matters, her words matter, her actions matter.  Read our three basic areas that we encourage any woman or man to think about today, and every day.

Continue Reading

Season 4  |  Episode 6 | Donut Worry, Be Happy in Michigan |  Dunneback and Girls Farm
Season 4 | Episode 6 | Donut Worry, Be Happy in Michigan | Dunneback and Girls Farm

October 07, 2019 1 Comment

Bustling is just about the perfect word for the Ed Dunneback and Girls farm.  Between Suanne, her daughters and the whole host of other family members who work so very hard to keep the tradition alive and make the farm work, they are a bustling family.  From sun-up to sun-down they go, go, go. All for the love of family, love of the farm, and a passion for spreading that love to their community and anyone else who might find themselves driving down their Michigan road.

Continue Reading

Season 4  | Episode 5 |  Amanda Freund | Please Pass the Gas!
Season 4 | Episode 5 | Amanda Freund | Please Pass the Gas!

September 30, 2019 3 Comments

The Freund farm and the FarmHers that are behind it are just so cool.  They are a story of a bustling farm market, a methane digester and Cow Pots.  They are a story of sustainability, innovation and, well, Poo!

Continue Reading