Summer was raised on her father’s farm in the small town of Milford, Georgia. As a child, she spent her days playing with her pet goats, retrieving eggs from the small chicken coop behind her family’s home, and eating way too many peanuts that she would pick while her father was hard at work in the field. Her love for agriculture started when she was only three years of age. From seeing her father put in the hard work it costs to take care of an entire farm by himself, to seeing the abundant progress her father’s farm has made over the years, she gained an overwhelming form of respect. This respect was not only for the heart and soul that so many hardworking farmers put into their land, but it was also a strong respect for the land itself.
Summer graduated from Southwest Georgia Academy in 2013, and continued her journey of studies at Valdosta State University until 2018. Over the five years between high school graduation and the end of her college career, Summer gained a huge interest in her mother’s job. Her mother has been working for the USDA-FSA for thirty-five years, and Summer dreamed of nothing more than following in her mother’s footsteps to help our farmers in improving, preserving, and respecting the land. Seeing no point in wasting any time, Summer moved home from college with enormous excitement and determination to pursue her goals.
Summer has worked part time with NRCS for three months now as a new District Program Assistant in Blakely, Georgia. Her sincere understanding of a farmer’s wants and needs for his land make her job very special to her. Summer has also been working part time with GACD for the past three months to reach out to kids, farmers, and the public in general to help better their knowledge of conservation of land, water, and wildlife.
Bryan Lee, District Program Assistant
Born in Waycross, GA, Bryan moved to Seminole County as a young toddler and has lived in Donalsonville since then. Bryan attended Seminole County schools and Southwest Ga Academy. He also attended GA Southwestern College in Americus. While still in school Bryan was an active in livestock showing and raised show pigs for himself and others. Bryan also scouted cotton and worked with his father in the fertilizer and ag chemical business. Bryan operated a farrow to finish hog operation as well as row cropped corn. Also he was an appraiser and code enforcer for ten years in the Miller and Seminole county tax assessors offices. He is a certified home inspector and Appraiser 1. Working in and around agriculture has always been a part of Bryan's work career.
On a personal note, Bryan is the father of two sons, Maddox, 18 and Talan, 12.
Ivy Singleton, District Program Assistant
Ivy Singleton was born and raised in Albany, GA. Growing up in South Georgia, Ivy spent much of her time playing in the woods and fishing along the Flint River, which inspired her to want to grow up to advocate for the environment so new generations would be able to enjoy the beautiful resources that Southwest Georgia has to offer. In 2018, Ivy graduated from Thomas University with her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Geographic Information Science. Ivy hopes that with her college degree and passion for conservation she will be able to accomplish her dreams of saving the world.
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