Women of Virtue: Jamie Yonker, Farm Assistant
In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we are featuring some of the women who make up Virtue Cider. These women work in production, commercial, and farming operations; all are a part of every glass of Virtue Cider. Take a moment to learn a bit about what they all do, and if you see any of them at Virtue, please say hello! Here is Jamie Yonker, one our farm assistants.
Jamie Yonker, Farm Assistant
How long have you been at Virtue Cider and what is your role?
I'm a farm assistant and I started in November!
What is your background?
I'm from Grand Rapids, and prior to Virtue I interned at a handful of small organic farms and homesteads around the United States. I also worked with an airport ground crew for 2+ years, so I was always on the move to different countries on my days off.
What do you like about working at Virtue Cider?
So much fresh air and freedom! Virtue's land is beautiful and lends to an open-ended atmosphere of "what can we do to improve our land and also give back,” so to be working with the motivation and inclination to be proactive in conservation while also being agriculturally-minded is fantastic.
About being a woman in your industry:
More and more women are standing up and taking part in sustainable agriculture, and I find it empowering! I think women can lend a fresh and creative perspective on farming in inventive and resourceful ways, while bringing together a strong community aspect and willingness to share knowledge. I'm excited about the future of agriculture and all the amazing things women can bring to the table. Literally. 🍎🍓🍄
What’s your favorite cider?
Michigan Cherry and Lapinette
I started off working as a goat midwife in North and South Carolina five years ago, so milking goats and helping to care for their kids were my first experiences with farming and still so near to my heart. I currently have a Velveteen Lop rabbit, Frankie, and a composting worm bin with hopes to own a small homestead in the next few years that can feed myself and my community.
Stay tuned for our next installment of Women of Virtue! International Women’s Day is March 8.