Sara Corey received many cards from friends and family congratulating her on being named the 2013 Young Farmer of the Year. An award the 23-year-old director of agronomy and variety development at Daniel Corey Farms was honored to receive, as farming is her passion.
Corey says, “I like working for my family, there’s something about the area up here, there’s something about harvest and planting it’s just…it’s in your blood or it’s not I guess!”
Corey grew up on her father’s farm in Monticello – she says she and her brothers didn’t really have a choice about whether or not they wanted to work — they always had to. After high school, she went to Husson University to pursue a career in pharmacy…and never planned on working on the farm again – but after two years decided that wasn’t for her, and after graduating two years later, came home to work on the farm full time.
“Whether I’m in the potato house, in the fields, in the office, it’s just something new every day,” she says.
Corey is the youngest and first woman to be named young farmer of the year.
“She’s been quite involved in the operation with her dad – very knowledgeable, and expressed interest to be involved in the industry as well I know she’s been to a couple national meetings,” says Tim Hobbs, Director of Development and Growth Relations at the Maine Potato Board.
Corey says “it’s kind of a man’s world and I’m the only woman sometimes, like I go to the conferences and I’m the only woman sometimes or one of very few and it can be very intimidating sometimes especially to see other farmers – male farmers that are so successful and I’m just starting out and just getting my foot in the door.”
In the future, she says she hopes to continue Corey Farms reputation and expand what her father built.
She will be recognized at the annual Maine Potato Board meeting in March.