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Lori Hedrick, The Wild Pumpkin

Lori Hedrick, The Wild Pumpkin

Lori Hedrick and her husband Jeff own The Wild Pumpkin, where families can visit a petting farm, navigate a 1000-bale maze, go down mega-slides, play in the corn box, eat warm donuts, and of course, get pumpkins.  Outside of the farm, Lori also is a special needs...

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Madeline Meyer, MSU Animal Science & Dairy Judging Team

Madeline Meyer, MSU Animal Science & Dairy Judging Team

Madeline Meyer is a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in animal science and minoring in food processing and technology. She’s from a dairy farm in Ionia, and she grew up being involved in the farm, 4-H, and FFA.  She’s now active in the MSU Dairy Club, MSU...

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Sarah Zastrow, Bay Area Wellness

Sarah Zastrow, Bay Area Wellness

Sarah Zastrow founded Bay Area Wellness to help people deal with pain, stress, and their mental health.  She and her husband have a crop farm, plus she is from a farm, and she is invested in providing stress management resources to farmers.  She enjoys traveling to...

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Sara Reisinger, Leaman’s Green Applebarn

Sara Reisinger, Leaman’s Green Applebarn

Sara Reisinger is the event planner and manager at Leaman's Green Applebarn in Freeland.  This year, her family’s farm and agritourism business is celebrating its 130th anniversary. In addition to a corn maze, apple picking, and movie nights, they also host very...

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Claire Smith, Tenera Grains

Claire Smith, Tenera Grains

Claire Smith certainly didn’t want to work on her family’s seventh generation farm, but when her parents suggested trying to grow teff, she was intrigued.  Teff is an ancient grain that’s a main ingredient in Teffola, a nutty grain granola they now make, sell, and...

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Taylor Truckey, Farmer Engagement Manager at AgVend

Taylor Truckey, Farmer Engagement Manager at AgVend

Taylor Truckey is the Farm Engagement Manager at AgVend.  She at first thought she wanted to work in another area, but her hobby farm and 4-H background convinced her she wanted to work in agriculture.  She is helping pay off her student loans by running her own...

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Jeno Rivera, Urbandale Farm & Michigan State University

Jeno Rivera, Urbandale Farm & Michigan State University

Jeno Rivera is part of Urbandale Farm in Lansing, as well as Director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program at Michigan State University.  She is a former high school ag teacher and professor in the MSU Residential College for Arts and Humanities.  She roller...

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Dede Beck – Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Dede Beck – Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Dede Beck of Uncle John’s Cider Mill is running a business that has the goal of giving people of all ages to do something together. She works in accounting, merchandising, hiring, training – you name it, all for the 50,000 visitors that come each fall weekend. She,...

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Adam Dietrich – Homestead Orchards

Adam Dietrich – Homestead Orchards

Adam Dietrich is an apple and cherry farmer in Conklin. After starting as a pre-med major at Michigan State University, it took six months until he decided he wanted to work on his family’s farm. He switched over to horticulture, engaged in research, and has now been...

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Troy Bancroft discusses AgroExpo

Troy Bancroft discusses AgroExpo

AgroLiquid President Troy Bancroft discusses AgroExpo - going on Aug 13 & 14 in St Johns - what to expect at the show, his agricultural past, why he thinks farming education is valuable, and what he's personally looking forward to in...

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Dru Montri of Ten Hens Farm & MSU

Dru Montri of Ten Hens Farm & MSU

Dru Montri runs Ten Hens Farm in Bath with her husband, Adam. She’s also the Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations for Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys watching her two...

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Brian Lesperance of Fenn Valley Vineyards

Brian Lesperance of Fenn Valley Vineyards

Brian Lesperance of Fenn Valley Vineyards left his career in technology to start a second one at a winery. His wife Gwen, whose family started the business in 1973, their two daughters, and Brian love riding around the farm and enjoying nearby Lake Michigan.  Brian...

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Andrew Chae of Fisheye Farms

Andrew Chae of Fisheye Farms

Andrew Chae of Fisheye Farms is an urban farmer in Detroit.  He grows a variety of vegetables in a farm-to-chef business that provides for local restaurants.  He’s a skateboarder, enjoys Brazilian music, and loves the first-generation farm he and his family have built...

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Matt Stutzman – Building machines and Legos

Matt Stutzman – Building machines and Legos

Matt Stutzman is a soybean, corn, and wheat farmer from Adrian.  When he’s not farming, he’s spending time with his wife Maria and their three young children.  He serves on state and national boards, has traveled all over the world (he even floated in the Dead Sea),...

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Mark Daniels – From the ground up

Mark Daniels – From the ground up

Mark Daniels and his wife Miranda manage Bonnie Plants in Ithaca, which is a greenhouse operation that grows 175 different vegetable and herb transplants.  Mark enjoys watching his sons play football, spends time chasing escapee goats, and loves going to his cabin in...

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Scott Maust – Setting sail

Scott Maust – Setting sail

Scott Maust is an egg farmer who also races sailboats.  When he’s not on a boat, he’s figuring out how to best take care of chickens in new housing (heated floors!) and working with a team to give them the best nutrition.  Born and raised in Pidgeon, Scott runs Farm...

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Sharon Ostrowski – Raising plants, raising kids

Sharon Ostrowski – Raising plants, raising kids

Sharon Ostrowski and her family run SharKar Farms, (pronounced Share Care), an all-vegetable 10-acre farm in China, Michigan.  Sharon jokes that everything is grown in China, and she makes this a reality by offering “weird” vegetables like a cucumber/watermelon type,...

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Mike Noll – Diversified farm and interests

Mike Noll – Diversified farm and interests

Mike Noll lives in the southern thumb with his wife Jordan and four children, where he farms with his dad and brother.  Not only do they milk cows, but they raise beef, corn, wheat, soybeans, sugar beets, alfalfa, and dry beans.  He coaches, serves on several boards,...

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Darwin Eisenga – The eyes have it

Darwin Eisenga – The eyes have it

Darwin Eisenga is a potato farmer with 25 years of experience, and in his spare time, he loves tractor pulling competitions.  He just traveled to Indonesia to visit his daughter, he has a son in college, a son on the farm, and a wife that works alongside him.  His...

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Jennifer Wortz – Building and rebuilding

Jennifer Wortz – Building and rebuilding

Jennifer Wortz and her family raise chickens in Branch County for Miller Poultry.  Their four children are learning the responsibility of taking care of 40,000 animals at once!  Jennifer and her husband travel, go to their kids’ activities, and eat chicken prepared in...

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