Sarah Hebda (Wollenburg)
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.
What is your business?
As generations before us pass away, the history and stories of multi-generation farms pass away, too. Family members that work to complete the daily operations on a farm/ranch don’t take the time to stop and document the little moments that are history in the making. Countryside Captures compiles photographs of old and new, interviews of family members from the oldest generation to the youngest, and lifestyle photography to document the crazy, beautiful lifestyle of farmers and ranchers for generations to come.
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!