Hello, everyone! My name is Sarah Jacobs and I’m happy to announce that I was recently hired as the Education Coordinator at the Agricultural Heritage Museum. I have a long history of agriculture on both sides of my family that has led me down the path where I am today. My dad, Randy, farms on our family farm south of Rushmore, MN where we raised pigs and grew corn and soybeans. Under his guidance, I started my own show pig business while I was in high school where I sold purebred Yorkshire hogs to area 4-H and FFA members. My mom, Joyce (Mathison), serves as the Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer and grew up on a dairy farm outside of Sinai, SD that had the honor of being recognized as a Century Farm in 2000. When I started this position, I joined my older sister, Laura, who is also working for SDSU as a College of Nursing advisor and event coordinator.
After graduating from Worthington High School where I was involved in many activities like FFA and 4-H, I came to SDSU to earn my degree in Agricultural Education. I was involved in many activities on campus including the 2011 Meat Judging Team, Little I Staff, Collegiate FFA/Ag. Ed. Club, as well as working in the Meat Lab. After graduating in May 2013, I started working for the Marshall, MN school district as an Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor. While in Marshall, I worked with co-teachers to offer over 15 different classes, co-advise our FFA chapter, coach judging teams, and coordinate and run regional and state events. I was in Marshall for a year and a half before finding out about welding gas allergies, and that led me out of the classroom and to Lakefield, MN where I served as the Jackson County 4-H Program Coordinator for the past four years. In Jackson County, I provided 4-H learning opportunities for our 275 4-H members, coordinated and trained our 75+ volunteers, and created afterschool programming for the three elementary schools in Jackson County. In both jobs, I loved being able to develop lessons, coordinate events, and work with youth and adult volunteers to share my passion for agriculture with others.
While I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, quilting, attending county and state fairs, going to concerts, and serving as a volunteer coach of an FFA Meat Judging team. Make sure to stop by the museum and introduce yourself – I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning about your passion and ties to agriculture, history, or the museum itself!