Amanda Barndt from Wood County is the editor of the April 23, 2018 Growing our Generation, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.
Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Barndt and I was recently hired with Kalmbach Feeds to be a customer support and Mtech specialist. I graduated in December from Northwest State with a crop and soil management degree. I have filled the last few months with Farm Bureau involvement, making baby onesies and T-shirts, and loving on our baby lambs.
I got involved with Wood County Farm Bureau board of trustees a couple years ago essentially by accident but have loved every second of it since. I have had amazing opportunities with this organization that include visiting Washington, D.C. as a young ag professional, attending the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, representing Ohio at the Young Farmers and Ranchers conference in Reno, Nev., and meeting the most amazing people. I think that it is very important to advocate for the agriculture and farming communities while networking with industry professionals. On top of seeing many new places, I am doing my best to bring new ideas and activities to our local Farm Bureau.
I have also had the opportunity to start a business of sorts making personalized onesies, toddler shirts, and adult shirts under my business name Hot off the Press by Amanda. I have had the honor of making over 200 projects.
I have a love for agriculture 20 counties wide, but that didn’t come from growing up on a farm. I was raised by my mom within the city limits. She let me try and do anything I could imagine but as I got older, I had to make sure I could get there and give my all to it. I started playing volleyball at a young age and played club and school volleyball from 5th grade on.
When I got to high school, I knew I wanted to be in FFA and follow suit of my older brother and all my cousins. My freshman year, I did every contest imaginable and it just so happened that my English teacher was also a 4-H adviser who thought I needed to join her club. So, there I was, dead set on becoming a pharmacist who just joined FFA and 4-H and was loving every second of it.
A good friend of mine had market lambs and her family offered for me to take market lambs as well as long as I could get out there to work with them. So, I did. My FFA teacher sat down with me just before he retired and told me I really needed to reconsider that pharmacy-focused career path; I said I would consider. Four years later after completing four FFA classes, three years of 4-H, three years of Junior Fair Board and two years as a 4-H camp counselor, I was chosen to represent Wood County as the 2014 Junior Fair Queen and was ready to begin my freshman year of college as a crop and soil student at the Ohio State University.
Life got crazy and there was a lot going on at home, so I made the decision to come home and find somewhere to finish an agriculture degree online, so I could be where my family needed me most. It was wonderful to be able to extend internships while taking classes online. This past fall, my step-dad, mom and I decided to get into the sheep business to sell 4-H club lambs to local kids. We have had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of sheep and have really enjoyed it.
Webster’s dictionary says that the definition of serendipity is the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. In my family, serendipity means the best dessert ever! It is the combination of yellow cake, chocolate chips and marshmallows (exactly what the definition says).
This recipe first came to my family when my mom was a young girl and would go stay with her great aunt for the weekend with one of her cousins. My great-great Aunt Tootie would make this dessert for the girls every time they visited as it was a favorite. My mom passed that tradition on to my brother and me and made it frequently when we were growing up. I loved it so much that it was the treat I requested for every classroom birthday party, volleyball team snack and team dinner dessert, every 4-H snack, and now it is my chosen dish to bring to Farm Bureau potlucks. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Serendipity.
Recently, everyone has been requesting the recipe, so I decided to share it with all of you:
Grease 9×13-inch pan.
Mix with spoon in pan:
1 box white or yellow cake mix
½ cup vegetable oil
1 12-ounce package chocolate chips
1 package small marshmallows – mix in half, top with other half
Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes.
Wood County Farm Bureau has hosted a few Pot N’ Pours in the last few years and just tried something new. Typically a Pot N’ Pour is where local Farm Bureau women join together to drink wine and learn a few gardening tips and then plant a flower of their own. We have had huge success with them being held at a local greenhouse, Wolf’s Blooms and Berries. This year we tried a rendition of the beloved event that changed flowers to herbs and wine to cocktails. We had 41 Farm Bureau members join together and five Farm Bureau board trustees get together at Wolf’s on Tuesday night, April 17.
The owner of Wolf’s, Sue Wolf, opened up her greenhouse to us while one of her employees, Angie, told us all about how to make different cocktails with herbs; Bees Knees, Blueberry Smash, Lavender infused Prosecco, and Basil Infused Vodka Lemonade. Amy, daughter of Sue Wolf and Wood County Farm Bureau board trustee, told everyone the tips and tricks to getting the perfect Mixed Berry Mojito.
After cocktails and snacks were enjoyed by all, we went next door into the glass greenhouse to pick out a pot and four herbs to plant. The event was enjoyed by everyone in attendance and many asked when the next event will be. We are already planning and preparing the next event with Wolf’s – this year it will be a Mom and Me Pot N’ Pour around Mother’s Day. Any local Farm Bureau member is welcome to attend with their daughter (young or old).
I absolutely love helping plan these events and bringing our women together for a fun night out of the house.