Name: .Elizabeth Christenson
Hometown: Sheboygan Falls, WI
Major and Graduation Date: Agronomy & Animal Science, May 2018
Favorite ISU class: Agronomy 392 was my favorite class because I was able to take all of the knowledge, information, and skills learned over the first 3.5 years of college and apply it to actual farm scenarios. Another one of my favorite parts of the class was learning in depth about all of the nutrient cycles on the farm. I also enjoyed developing critical thinking skills directly related to on farm scenarios during the course.
Job Title & Company: 1. Root of Grace Farm - Co-Owner; 2. Redeemed Financial Coaching – Personal Financial Coach
Major Job/Position Responsibilities:
1. Root of Grace Farm - Co-Owner
My husband and I have started our own regenerative farm on the farm where he grew up. Our primary focus is to restore the soil health to increase the nutrient density of the food produced ultimately to improve human health. My primary responsibilities include planning, research, marketing, planting, field work, harvesting, and customer service.
2. Redeemed Financial Coaching – Personal Financial Coach
My husband and I coach individuals and couples on their personal finances. We focus on helping them create lasting change by developing new mind sets, behaviors, and money habits. We empower individuals to eradicate debt and take control of their personal financial situation.
What you like most about your job/position? Quite honestly the thing I like most about my job is that I get to work with my husband. We both have different strengths, weaknesses, and perspectives, making for a great team. I also really enjoy the challenge of implementing different production practices to restore soil health. It is so fun to continue to learn, research, and problem solve.
What advice would you give to current students pursuing a career in Agriculture and Life Sciences? Develop an attitude of continual learning and have an open mind. Agriculture is at a pivotal point right now; it is actually quite an exciting time to be a part of how our food is produced. You will not learn everything you need to know at Iowa State but you will learn how to think critically, problem solve, find information, and apply knowledge to specific situations.