Zastrow credits Young Farmer program for support network 


Zastrow credits Young Farmer program for support network 

A young farmer says having access to others with a similar lifestyle has been invaluable when navigating farming challenges. 

Sarah Zastrow tells Brownfield Google can only be so helpful for farmers which is why she has turned to Young Farmer programs for connections. 

“We can find ourselves with a big question and we’re not even sure where to search for it,” she says.   

She says between a mix of continuing education, professional development, and community service, the program has also helped equip her and her husband for many of the trials of beginning farmers.  

Farming outside of Midland, home to Dow Dupont and Corteva facilities, Zastrow says she finds it surprising how disconnected the community is from agriculture which is why she often volunteers as a voice for agriculture. 

“It’s important to point out those connections because agriculture is all around and people just don’t notice it,” she shares. 

Those involvements along with her work as a farm stress coach earned Zastrow this year’s Michigan Farm Bureau Young Agriculture Leader Award.