Emma Wenger is the daughter of Logan County Farm Bureau members, Scott and Kara Wenger. The Wenger family has owned and operated Wenger Produce in West Liberty, Ohio since 1966.
Emma is a recent graduate of Benjamin Logan High School, but when she was a high school student she started her own sector of the family business. Emma started growing sunflowers as a part of her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) in FFA.
“My favorite flower is the sunflower, so me and my dad came up with the idea of growing sunflowers and selling them as cut flowers,” Emma said.
Growing and selling sunflowers has given Emma ample opportunities to learn about the niche agriculture market and how to sustain a small business. Emma has gleaned the ability to communicate and make market connections with potential buyers and an attention to detail in record keeping.
“I’m really excited to see the benefits of making connections through the Farm Bureau this year,” she said.
Emma markets and sells her sunflowers through several Logan County farm markets and to a local florist. A recent challenge for Emma has been the cancellation of farmers markets in Bellefontaine and Worthington due to COVID-19. While these farmers markets would typically be a major market for her cut flowers, she’s been able to overcome the challenge and find new places to sell them.
This fall, Emma will continue her formal education at The Ohio State University – ATI majoring in Agribusiness. For more about Emma’s story, visit our Instagram page and view the Logan County Story Highlight.