Ariel Scholten, daughter of Vince and Lynn Scholten and granddaughter of Jim and Wendy Porter, grew up in Sebastopol on a plant nursery with her grandparents’ cattle and sheep ranch a short drive away. Involvement in 4-H as a Sonoma County All Star Ambassador and the Gold Ridge 4-H Club President as well as the Sonoma Section FFA President and Sebastopol Chapter President led her to participate in a variety of projects and competitions. Her hard work and dedication to the agricultural community paid off. Ariel won the State FFA Nursery Operations and Agricultural
Communications Proficiencies, was a State FFA Speaking Finalist four years in a row and she received the Press Democrat Community Youth Service Award in Agriculture/Vocational.
Scholten attends Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a dual degree in agricultural communications and agribusiness with a minor in leadership. There she is involved with the College of Agriculture Student Success Leadership Team, OSU Homecoming Steering Committee, and will serve as a College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Student Academic Mentor.
Scholten said she was interested in interning with Farm Bureau because she grew up in the Sonoma County agriculture community and that Farm Bureau events were staples in her life.
“Growing up, we used to mark major life events using the Farm Bureau activities as a timeline,” Scholten said. “When I began looking for an internship after my first year of college, Farm Bureau was the clear choice. The work the organization does within agriculture and for agriculture is incredible and I am so grateful to be a part.”
As the summer Farm Bureau intern Scholten will work on several marketing campaigns, the Farm Bureau Centennial at the Capitol event, and Love of the Land, among others.
She said she is excited to learn and practice hands-on agricultural communications and education skills during her intern experience.
“I hope to learn the in’s and out’s of putting on major events and about communicating with a diverse audience,” Scholten said. “Farm Bureau advocates on behalf of local farmers and the county as a whole and it will be great to understand this process better.”
After graduation, Scholten said she hopes to return to Sonoma County to work for an organization that supports and educates the public about agriculture within the fields of communications or