When Andrea Vangunst from Grassroots Farm and Dairy was a child, she was eager to help her father raise cattle near their home in Virginia.
“My dad also worked full time so his farming hours were the shoulder times of the day, but I definitely got to skip school to build fences and go to cattle sales with my dad. I remember those times really, really clearly,” she says. “I grew up riding horses and have always been out doing manual labor and really loving that kind of work. I went through graduate school and got into the nonprofit world and just really missed kind of being out there, being my own boss, working with my hands.” READ MORE
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