Washington County 4-H was excited to have nine young FarmHers challenged, motivated and encouraged at the 4th annual Grow Conference in Ankeny hosted by Farmer. Over 300 young women gathered in Ankeny on Thursday, Nov. 15 for this event.
Grow by Farmer is a series of events to inspire, educate and empower young women in agriculture, ages 16-22, to take an active role in agriculture. Through Grow by Farmer, attendees experienced empowering and educational speakers, were introduced to skills needed to be successful leaders and received the encouragement and inspiration needed to grow as young women in the agriculture industry.
Crooked Creek 4-H member Clara Schmitz learned that “I can do anything I want with my future and in my life, I just might have to be creative to get there.”
This unique event for young woman started four years ago with the first one in Iowa and now this year is presenting in six different states across the Midwest. Lexi Marek, Washington County 4-H alum, spearheaded this event as part of an Iowa 4-H Scholarship while an intern for Farmer and it has grown now to reach all parts of the nation.
Washington County 4-H has had financial support from Barry Johnson LLC for the past four years to take youth to this event. Participants this year included: Grace Hiller, Madison Fishback, Hailey Shultz, Kylee Porter, Jordan Hammen, Amy Green, Clara Schmitz, Natally Guzman, Sophie Bell, Leah Evans and Sophie Bell.