The Real Story
I had no intention of ever getting into agriculture.
I grew up in and around it until I sold my cows at the age of 13.
I went to high school in Burlington, NJ where I meant my husband.
I decided to go to college and become a dog trainer.
After two years at Delaware Valley University majoring in biology, and working on my dad's farm during the summer, I started to think I needed to focus on more lucrative job options. So, I took classes in agronomy.
My advisor passed away, and no one knew what to do with me. I begged the head of the agronomy department for help, and with his guidance, I got a job doing what I now call- remedial agronomy. I worked as an agronomist for an environmental remediation company cleaning up Superfund sites.
I quit that, found out I was pregnant and spent the next 15 years raising two kids.
An acquaintance told me about an opportunity at a local organic fertilizer company.
A week later I starting working there as a sales agronomist.
I stayed for almost three years, traveling up and down the east coast working with farmers and industry leaders. I loved my job and saw no end in sight.
One day while sitting at my kitchen table, I made the hardest decision of my career. I left my job and went back to raising our kids.
I had come to the conclusion that even though I loved my job, I wanted something different. At that time I wasn't sure what.
Again, I thought I had left agriculture for good. Little did I know my phone was going to keep ringing being asked to work with farmers I got to know over that short amount of time.
One day one of them offered to pay me for my time and expertise. When I told a friend, how crazy I thought it all was, they said, “Why don’t you turn it into a business? Why don’t you take everything you’ve learned and experienced and turn it into something people need and can benefit from?”
And that's how The Accidental Agronomist began...
Now I speak at various conferences throughout the year and work with all types of growers across the country making soil fertility recommendations, product sourcing, and troubleshooting throughout their growing season.