White House Fruit Farm is a fourth generation farm. Kim is from the third generation and began working on the farm as a young child. Her first job was folding baskets, which all farm children know leads to field work and beyond. After leaving the farm to get an education and raise a family, Kim returned to serve in various positions before choosing to grow the fall gift market. She presently manages the gift market and is busy developing yearly events on the farm.
Kim was first introduced to NAFDMA by Debbie Pifer, the farm market manager/owner. The energy, ideas, support, and openness of all the members, who are leaders in the industry, challenged her and set the course of growth for the fall gift market, as well as other areas on the farm. She believes we all benefit when we take an active role in the areas that enrich us personally and professionally. Serving as a board member allows her to give back to the association that has spurred that growth.
Jay Schwinn, Walter's Pumpkin Patch
In 2014 Schwinn Produce Farm LLC was honored to host the NAFDMA conference at their fourth generation family farm. Jay was immediately struck with the organization and more importantly its members. From that conference forward the desire to promote Agritourism has driven Jay to get involved. NAFDMA has proven time and time again that Agri-entrepreneurs of any size can benefit from this amazing group of forward-thinking individuals.
Jay currently manages The Barn at Schwinn Produce Farm and in 2017 opened, with his cousin, a new Agritourism destination, Salt Creek Valley Agriventures LLC. Jay also serves as the Chair of the Kansas Agritourism Advisory Council and as a Commissioner of the Leavenworth Kansas Planning and Zoning board.
Sue Stringer is the Manager for the Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism programs with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT). She has worked for the State of Kansas for 32 years.
She enjoys the opportunity to share Kansas with others, as well as traveling the state herself, off the “beaten path” whenever possible. Having grown up on the family farm, she finds her work with the Kansas Byways Program and Kansas Agritourism businesses a great fit for her, especially working with local farmers looking to diversify their farm operation through agritourism, and working with rural communities through the Kansas Byways program. Sue and her husband, Mike enjoy working together on their farm and when time allows, enjoy hunting and fishing. Sue also likes to walk, garden, target practice, and spending time with their seven grandchildren.
Adventure Yogini~Thrive Activist~BucketList Catalyst
Providing the tools and motivation to live your inspired life through wellness, yoga and the great outdoors. Deanna began her fitness career in 1985 instructing dance aerobics and continues to teach throughout the Midwest, Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica and India. She has since expanded her menu of services to include massage therapy, yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, kettlebell, Zumba, and stand up paddle boarding. Her classes and coaching sessions take a holistic approach integrating the sciences of exercise physiology, Blue Mind and positive psychology. Deanna is based out of Cleveland Ohio and spends the fall harvest season as Director of Fun at her family's farm, Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge Iowa.