She eventually made her way to Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University before returning to Georgia. Callie returned to her family’s farm and started working full time at a local bank. This is when Callie realized that she wasn’t doing what she loved. Sometimes, you have to try something new to realize what you really want to be doing.
Grow by FarmHer is a series of events that will inspire, educate and empower young women in agriculture, ages 16-22, to take an active role in leading the industry. The day-long event consists of interaction with great mentors, connections to peers, and the opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers. Cristen Clark will be a speaker at the events taking place in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Follow Cristen on her blog, www.FoodandSwine.com and join her and the FarmHer team on this years Grow by FarmHer tour!
It's no secret that farms have many moving pieces and that many times women are at the center of those pieces, keeping them all in the air. Farms aren't just family operations, they are businesses that don't stop. At the heart of the Sutter Farm in Pleasantville, Iowa is one such woman, Leanne Sutter.
If you have ever found yourself willingly wearing a blue corduroy jacket, you probably have shared the same life changing experiences that I have (and are extremely proud of it!). These experiences defined my career path, my sense of responsibility, and my dedication to serving others. The FFA organization, no longer known as only Future Farmers of America, continues to shape our leaders of tomorrow.
As we all know, FFA formerly stands for Future Farmers of America, though with the officer team this year, we might as well call them the future FarmHers. For the first time in history, 5 of the 6 national FFA officers are young women. Given that women were not even allowed to be a member of the organization until 1969, this is pretty epic.
On November 13, women came together from the state of Iowa to inform and inspire each other about opportunities in agriculture for the first time, organized by FarmHer.