Board of Directors
David Meuer is a 4th generation farmer who has successfully turned his 150 acre farm into an agri-tourism hotspot located in Chilton, WI. David spent his early years as a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America) and holds the FFA American Farmer Degree. He uses that experience to think "outside the box" when developing his farm. He continues to experiment with new, innovative methods of farming for his cash crops, strawberry fields and his agri-tourism business while constantly being aware of soil and water conservation and the environment. His latest venture "Farm Flavors" offers rolled oats and gluten-free oat flour...from oats grown on the farm. David is a former 4-H member and chapter president; former FFA member and chapter president; former WI Jr. Dairyman's Association member, chapter president and state officer; past board member of WI Ayrshire Breeders Assn.; vice president of WI Berry Growers Assn and a committee member of the Rural Arts Roadtrip. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Busy Barns Farm Adventures)
Sheila Everhart is the Education Director and Event Coordinator at Busy Barns Adventure Farm LLC and The Gathering Barn located in Fort Atkinson, WI. Sheila and her husband Dennis reside in Janesville Township, Rock County and have two sons: Michael and Mathew and four grandchildren. Dennis and Mathew operate Everhart Farms where they raise beef cattle, corn and soybeans. Sheila loves helping students and her grandchildren learn about farming and career opportunities in agriculture. She serves as The Rock County Farm Bureau Board of Directors' Secretary. She chairs the Ag in the Classroom Initiatives, Annual Meeting Recognition & Banquet, Scholarships and Fair Food Stand subcommittees. Sheila is also on the Executive Board of The Janesville Park City Chapter of American Business Women's Association (ABWA). She is the chapter Secretary and chairs the Public Relations and Professional Development subcommittees. Sheila has worked 27 years as a Teacher and Principal for school districts in Alaska and Wisconsin. She has earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater and a master's degree from UW-Madison. "I am here to be the change I wish to see in the world, choosing to: learn well and do well for others, extending myself in service, treating others with respect, inspiring and influencing others to take action by using and being thankful for my GOD given talents and skills as an instructional leader, teacher, coach, mentor and advocate." email@example.com
(Badger Farms, LLC)
(Manitowoc Visitor & Convention Bureau)
Jason Ring is President of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau. It was his participation in 4-H as a youngster that helped him transition from being a quiet child to the outgoing personality he is today. Jason credits 4-H speaking and demonstration competitions as well as involvement in Junior Leadership and state and local 4-H trips for peaking his interest in hospitality and tourism. In his spare time Jason enjoys grilling, gourmet cooking (bacon is a favorite ingredient), camping, napping, and is 10% complete on his goal of golfing all of Wisconsin's more than 300 golf courses. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Mulberry Lane Farm)
In January 2005 the Keyes' purchased a 100 year old, 125-acre farm located less than 30 miles from both Appleton and Green Bay, an ideal location for a hands-on, educational, children's petting farm. Transforming an idle farm was no small task but by October 1st of that same year they opened to the public. Mulberry Lane Farm quickly became known for their "pick your own" pumpkins in the fall. The popularity of their spring season, featuring all the baby farm animals, rapidly grew as well. The farm is a well-known field trip and tourist attraction, welcoming thousands of visitors annually.
With the growing popularity of the country barn wedding phenomena and the need to increase cash flow, adding weddings into the mix was a natural choice.
Bonnie's expertise shines in the relationships she builds with the farm's staff and guests. Leaving a 21-year career at Shopko Stores, Inc. where she served as an office supervisor, she now utilizes her skills by overseeing the farm personnel, payroll, and record keeping along with reservations. However, her passion lies in marketing the farm. Since diving into social media four years ago, the farm has seen revenues more than double.
Bonnie also sits on the Marketing Advisory Committee at Fox Cities CVB. She has published work in Farm & Ranch Living Magazine and is a regular guest on NBC26 WGBA with a featured educational farm animal segment.MulberryLaneFarm@yahoo.com
(Govin's Meats & Berries Farm)
(National Farm Medicine Center)
Dr. Bryan Weichelt is a Project Scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center. He leads a number of IT-related projects at the Farm Center, including the development of an augmented reality version of the Farm-MAPPER app, and the AgInjuryNews.org project, a growing assemblage injury surveillance data. Weichelt earned his doctorate in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a dissertation focused on assessing clinicians' barriers to adopting mHealth technology use with rural patients. He also earned a MS in Information & Communication Technology and a MBA. Weichelt is an Iraq War veteran who served eight years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, leaving the service as a Captain in 2012. He grew up on his parents' dairy farm in Central Wisconsin, and is currently working through ownership transition planning. He and his wife are also expanding maple syrup production and an apple orchard on their 40-acre property. He is involved in a number of organizations including the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH), the WI Farm Bureau, the Stratford Area Chamber of Commerce (as the social media advisor), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Additionally, he and his wife Stacey co-founded the Stratford Farmers Market in 2012 which has grown each year since. Stacey is the Dietitian and Director of Food Service for the Marshfield School District, and they have four children: Lily, age 4; and 2.5-year-old triplets Logan, Mason, and Dylan. email@example.com
Kyle began raising pumpkins and selling them on his grandparent's front yard in town while in high school. Recognizing agritourism as a growing industry, he began bringing people out to the farm to pick their own pumpkins. The next fall, while attending UW Platteville, his first corn maze - a venture which continues to grow every year. Now eleven years later Vesperman Farms is a fall destination for many families and friends, welcoming thousands and thousands of guests every weekend. Kyle has also been involved with local politics, serving as a County Board Supervisor for two terms. He currently serves on the board of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and other various non-profit local boards. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Wisconsin Association of Fairs)
Jayme is the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs and has served this role since 2005. Annually, she coordinates a convention where more than 1,000 Fair and Associate Members attend to get the latest information needed in planning a successful fair. She is an active member of the International Association of Fairs (IAFE) and has received her Certified Fair Executive designation and is a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management. Jayme grew up on a Registered Holstein Farm and has been an avid fair participant since joining 4-H as an eight year old. email@example.com
(Director of Something Special from WI with DATCP)
Lois Federman is a Senior Agricultural Marketing Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in Madison, Wisconsin. She directs the Something Special from Wisconsin - a branded marketing program, which was founded in 1983 to assist Wisconsin companies increase their brand presence locally, regionally and nationally. Currently over 500 Wisconsin companies are program members. Lois and her brother are fourth generation co-owners/operators of their family's homestead farm south of Mineral Point, WI. Together they direct-market meat to consumers through CSA's, Farmers' Markets, restaurants and grocery stores. Prior to returning to her agricultural roots, her career spanned 20 plus years traveling the world for the internationally known apparel company, Lands' End, as director of product development and quality control for the men's, women's and kids knit apparel lines and the business outfitters division. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Marshfield Clinic - National Farm Medicine Center)
Marsha grew up on a farm and is still involved today in the family business - growing Christmas trees, selling wreathes, maple syrup, and timber. She is also the Agritourism Safety Specialist at the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (part of the National Farm Medicine Center) in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Marsha led the development of the interactive website "Integrating Safety into Agritourism" and is currently leading the team that is updating the agritourism safety materials. She has given presentations and workshops on agritourism safety at state, regional, national and international meetings. Marsha has a Master's Degree in Human & Community Resources from the University of Wisconsin Steven's Point. email@example.com