AgChat Foundation would like to officially welcome Melissa Woolpert as our summer 2015 intern. Melissa is an alumnae of the inaugural 2015 Collegiate Congress and a graduate student at the University of Vermont, pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Food Systems.
Her journey to agriculture advocacy has been unique and a strong indication that all people, regardless of their background, can successfully advocate for agriculture. The story is the second in our “Why Do I Agvocate?” series.
Dreaming of becoming a veterinarian, Melissa spent her Monterey County, California childhood riding horses. Her dream led to the University of Vermont to study Animal Science. As a part of coursework, she worked milking and caring for dairy cattle. She was immediately hooked and at the duration of her class, she began milking at a local dairy and has never turned back. Her love of farming developed into a desire to learn more about food and she returned to obtain her Masters of Science degree in Food Systems.
While she did not grow up around farming or ranching, her love and experience working in the dairy industry has created a drive to foster positive discussion, thought and support for our food system. Her journey from a sunny, Californian eater to an advocating farmer, is shared in more depth on her blog CountrybyChance.com. You can also catch up with her on the CountryByChance Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. We would love for you to take a look and see how she encourages other eaters to jump into advocating for food.
You will also find a great opportunity to connect with Melissa on the AgChat Foundation Facebook page, #AgChat Facebook group, the FoodChat Facebook page and on Twitter. Please give her a warm, AgChat shout out to welcome her!