Hannah Lipman, a Santa Rosa native, has been hired as Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s intern for 2017.
Lipman graduated from Santa Rosa high school in June 2016 where she was heavily involved in the school’s agriculture program. Throughout her four years, she took multiple agriculture classes including animal anatomy and physiology, agricultural biology, agricultural leadership, earth science in agriculture and veterinary science.
Lipman was active in Santa Rosa’s FFA chapter, serving as Vice President during her senior year. She received her Greenhand Degree in 2012, Chapter Degree in 2014 and State Degree in 2015. She won the North Coast FFA Region’s Scrapbook contest in 2015 and was awarded the Outstanding Student in Agriscience in 2013 and the Outstanding Senior in Vet Science in 2016.
During her time in FFA, Lipman showed market lambs for three years. She competed in showmanship in addition to her market classes, placing in the top of her class for two years. She said showing at the fair was fun, but she also enjoyed working with her lambs at the school’s farm where everyone helped out everyone else.
Lipman also gained practical agricultural experience by working for Broady Orchard in Sebastopol for more than two years. She watered and pruned apples trees as well as handpicked fruit.
Lipman is involved in the community through Resurrection Parish Youth Group where she has been a teen leader since 2013. She prepares lessons and activities for weekly meetings as well as facilitating group discussions.
Since a young age, Lipman has known she wanted to become a veterinarian. She liked the aspect of being a doctor for animals, but as she became more involved in agriculture, she realized she liked the biology and genetics in addition to the animal side.
She is currently studying Animal Science at the Santa Rosa Junior College with plans to transfer to UC Davis and pursue her dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau interested Lipman because it was a side of agriculture she didn’t know very much about. She has helped at Farm Bureau events including the crab feed and Love of the Land and wants to become more involved in the agriculture industry.
Through her internship, Lipman hopes to utilize the skills and knowledge she obtained from her agricultural classes. She will start her internship off by preparing for the Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest in February. She will learn about agriculture, meet political influencers throughout the county and learn about the Farm Bureau organization.
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