Cheryl Carter Jones

Cheryl is in the process of establishing a 10+ acre sustainable farm in Columbus, Indiana on property her family has owned since 1820 when James Monroe signed the deeds.  She is an eighth generation farmer.  The particular site of her farm was once her great-grandfather’s tomato field.  Cheryl hopes to keep her farm off the grid, and is incorporating permaculture practices, which she hopes to teach in the near future.  She is specializing in berries with over 40 varieties, but also raises vegetables.  Once her new home is completed, she will add animals and facilities for old farm trades, such as blacksmithing, weaving, pottery, butchering and meat smoking.

The election to begin farming came later in life for Cheryl, having watched a 60 Minutes presentation on the processing of chickens and then becoming aware of the issue of pink slime in meat.  She also has over 15 years’ experience as a business consultant with expertise in executive team cohesiveness, corporate long- and short-term strategic planning/execution, culture initiatives, executive development/coaching, training/facilitation, event planning and communications.  While she has worked with numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies in the past, she is now limiting her focus to smaller entrepreneurial ventures, where she feels she can make a significant impact on the entire company.

Cheryl served as President for a period of time in 2014 and is the 2015-16 President of the Board of Directors.  She is also in working on the Beginning Farmer Rancher grant in partnership with Purdue University.