Jennie Schmidt and her family operate Schmidt Farms Inc, a 2000-acre, 3rd generation family farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The farm is highly diversified, growing corn, feed- and food-grade soybeans, wheat, barley, hay, tomatoes, green beans and winegrapes. In addition, Jennie and her family began a custom vineyard management business in 2009, providing a wide range of services to grape producers and wineries in the region. Jennie was nominated by her children.
Jennie’s Nomination: Our mom should be the America’s Farmers 2011 Mom of the Year. We have a 2000-acre, 3rd-generation family farm growing corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, hay, tomatoes, green beans and wine grapes. As our mom, she supports our involvement with 4-H, making sure we make meetings, train our livestock, registers us for shows, and hauls our animals. She gives us jobs on the farm so that we know how important farm life is and how farming supports many people. She cooks us meals from what we’ve raised on the farm and makes sure we live healthy lives.
On the farm, her main job is the vineyard manager of 20 acres of wine grapes, but she drives every piece of equipment including the combine, tractors, balers, and sprayers. There is no job she can’t do on the farm. She started a custom vineyard company to help others start vineyards and is a commercial pesticide applicator and nutrient management consultant.
In the community, she is a Sunday school teacher and church youth group leader. She is also president of the Maryland Grape Growers Association, a member of our county Right-to-Farm committee, and serves on the Maryland Farm Bureau specialty crops committee. Our mom speaks often to groups about agriculture and farming systems. She has travelled around the country giving presentations about farming and is on the speakers bureau for the International Food Information Council. She just finished the LEAD Maryland agricultural leadership program and got to travel to Vietnam to study farming and agricultural exports. She takes every chance she can to tell others about the importance of agriculture in everyone’s lives.
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Come back on May 8th to find out which of these amazing ladies has been named the 2014 National Farm Mom of the Year!