• Marissa Schletzbaum | Season 2 | Episode 4 | The Smile of a FarmHer

September 25, 2017 1 Comment

The Next Generation | hosted by Lexi

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to be involved and watch the FarmHer company grow into a movement that touches people from across the country. My passion with the company started with creating events and connecting young women with professionals in the agriculture industry. I too have grown with the company and now have the opportunity to shine a light on the stories of young women who are doing great things in agriculture through a different lens than I’m used to.

Meet Marissa, the Next Generation of FarmHer. The newest segment on the FarmHer TV show highlights young women and their role in the agriculture industry. On the day we visited Marissa, the TV crew was ready to capture a new twist to FarmHer and continue to shine a light on women in agriculture. By the end of the day, not only did we have a great story and smiles on our faces, but were truly inspired by the FarmHer and the family we had just spent the afternoon with.

Marissa was born with Down Syndrome and has been involved with more activities and extracurriculars than most 22-year-olds. Marissa is the boss at Straw Hat Farms where she and her family offer a variety of produce and flowers that they have grown in their garden beds and greenhouse.


As we walked through the greenhouse and talked with Marissa and her mom, Maureen, they explained the story of starting the greenhouse and why it’s so important to their family. The Schletzbaum’s live in a small town that is very agriculture focused. When Marissa’s sister, Andrea, was in FFA she needed an SAE project. After a little brainstorming, it was decided that Andrea would raise Wave Petunias in the family’s house. Fast forward a few years and Marissa’s SAE project became the same, only it grew a little bigger. Actually a lot. The family now grows rows of gardens and has expanded their greenhouse twice to keep up with the growing demand for her beautiful blooms.

Inside the greenhouses, we watered the flowers, including Marissa’s favorite, marigolds. I had never transplanted little seedlings so Marissa showed me her tricks and we got tomatoes moved from a small tray to a larger one. Then we went outside, where Marissa taught me how to pick asparagus and berries. My stomach started growling as we kept talking about food but Maureen, Marissa’s mom, was ready with her homemade rhubarb bars that were amazing!

Throughout the day, I kept seeing signs of the love and care that the Schletzbaum’s have for everything they do. Roger and Maureen, Marissa’s parents, saw that their daughter needed an opportunity to make an impact in her community, so they helped her create one just as unique as she is. Her customers told me that they look forward to her smile each time they visit and I can see why. Marissa is an amazing young lady and I am fortunate to have met her. The best part of my day? Marissa told me she’d hire me to work in her greenhouse!

Thank you to Marissa and her family for sharing their story of the next FarmHer Generation! Marissa's episode will air at 8:30 pm CT/9:30 pm ET on Friday, September 29th only on RFD-TV. 




1 Response

Deborah Bryan
Deborah Bryan

September 29, 2017

Lexi, I so enjoyed your show pig story and just finished watching the latest FarmHer. Both women highlighted were wonderful. I’m so glad you’ve joined the FarmHer program. I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV, but I search for FarmHer and find it delightful. We farm about 6500 acres of corn and soybeans, and I save old buildings and barns. I’m a physician but I hope to utilize the things I’m saving and forest paths I make for my future job. LoL I just wanted you to know how much I look forward to the show and maybe I will post some of my salvages in the future. Have fun! Thankyou for the wonderful stories. Deborah Bryan- Hiawatha, Ks

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