Meet Wendy. She's a farmer.
15 years ago, Wendy spent her days in a bank, cashing checks and working as a teller.
She never would've expected what happened next: “If somebody would've told me in high school, 'You're going to work on a farm seven days a week,' I'd have said, 'No, you're crazy.'" And yet here she is doing just that.
Now, Wendy spends her days on a farm, feeding animals and working as a dairy producer. She even occasionally runs off to catch the cows.
As a farmer, Wendy is part of a cooperative of dairy producers.
She's a member of the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), an Oregon-based co-op that includes nearly 100 dairy farms.
The farmer-owned co-op allows farmers to operate at a scale larger than a single farm while still making decisions about how they want to operate and run the business. Win. Historically, co-ops have been known to adopt more sustainable business practices and invest positively in their communities. Double win.
"What you put into, whether it's the farm or your family, is what you get out. ... [Cutting] corners is not an option."
Go get 'em, Wendy.