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Ag Springboard:Where are they now? Melissa Miller

Posted: May 4, 2012

From a young age, Melissa Miller has had a passion for helping those in need. In true entrepreneurial fashion she took advantage of her agricultural background to create a sustainable solution.
Melissa & Kenya

Melissa & Kenya

Where are they now? Melissa Miller

From a young age, Melissa Miller has had a passion for helping those in need. In true entrepreneurial fashion she took advantage of her agricultural background to create a sustainable solution.

“Traditional methods of feeding the poor are well intended and mostly good, but I wanted to do something different,” said Miller. “I want to share the love I have for farming, cooking and good food with those that may not have the opportunity to experience it otherwise.”

With these needs in mind she created True Vines Farm, a farming summer camp for disadvantaged youth. Miller saw the Ag Business Springboard Competition as the perfect opportunity to better develop this vision into a more concrete business proposal as well as get some critical feedback from experts. She partnered with best friend and fellow horticulture major Amy Hinkle to form team True Vines Farm.

“We had no idea how hard it would be or how much effort it would take to put this business together,” said Miller. 

The team worked with numerous professors and professionals to help develop the idea and get a better grasp on how similar summer camps operate.

Their hard work paid off, and team True Vines tied for second in the 2011 Ag Business Springboard Competition.

Miller is finishing up her senior year and is looking forward to where True Vine Farms will take her after graduation. She is taking extra classes pertaining to entrepreneurship, cooking, nutrition and setting up businesses.

“I am excited to be a part of the Penn State network so that I can remain connected and in contact to help further along True Vine Farms.”

By Sinead O’Connor

Account Associate for Happy Valley Communications