Business: Meal Map (not launched yet). Meal map is an all-inclusive source of education and information for all things food and health from the point of production to the point of consumption through a blog format. Meal Map retrieves information from farmers and ranchers across the state of Nebraska, providing production practices of organic, natural, and conventional farming and ranching and the steps they take in order to ensure healthy, safe, and great tasting food makes it to the table. These stories will be laid out side by side with factual information allowing the consumer to make informed food choices. In addition, a beloved family recipe will be featured from the Nebraska farmers and ranchers. These recipes will be dissected by registered dietitians and food scientists in order to provide nutrition facts and information along with the recipe so the consumer knows what kind of ingredients he/she will be cooking with.
What is your story?
I grew up on a row-crop and cow-calf operation which is where my passion for agriculture originally stemmed from. Through my experiences in FFA and the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute I discovered my passion lies with agricultural literacy and educating others about the agricultural industry. As I continue my journey in educating others about the agricultural industry, Engler has generated invaluable connections, experiences, and life lessons that will not only help me as an entrepreneur but also as a teacher and an advocate for agriculture.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
I would consider my dad my biggest hero. "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." This has taught me the value of a resilient, diligent work ethic and a true passion for the agricultural lifestyle; a lifestyle that I continually look up to and strive for.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
Connie Britton (Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights) is someone that I believe would portray myself. She is very family oriented and loves helping people as a high school guidance counselor. Being very close with my family and wanting to have a family of my own someday, as well as being an education major, I have a passion for helping others.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Meet as many people and make as many connections as you can. It's not only important to meet new people, but also to build a lasting connection to those individuals who have experience, wisdom, and advice in entrepreneurial endeavors. It's who you know!