Fighting for farmers when it matters most
Farming has always been a part of my life.
I grew up helping pick tomatoes and peppers on my Grandpa and Grandma Martinic's farm in Eau Claire, MI.
In 2004, my husband and I made the decision to move our family from the City of Saint Joseph to Bainbridge Township. It had become a tradition to take our kids there for hayrides and go to our favorite spot to watch the sunset. There was something special about the golden hue over the hilltop and what that time meant to our family.
We eventually bought that hill and built our new home on it. On the surrounding property, we planted a variety of grapes including Concord, Niagara, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
We named our farm Golden Aire Vineyards after our family memories prior to moving and soon began selling our grapes as part of the Welch's Compact.
Now, 14 years later, we are still selling our grapes and have even gone through the process to become MAEAP certified. This Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program certification means our farm follows proper environmental and safety procedures in its operation.
From picking tomatoes with my grandparents to planting our first vine with my husband, I understand the hard work and love that goes into farming.
I also understand how important it is for our legislators to support the agriculture industry when they make decisions in Lansing. As State Representative, I have a strong record of standing up for agriculture issues.
In fact, I am incredibly proud to say I received a 100% voting record with Michigan Farm Bureau and earned their AgriPac Endorsement.
As your next State Senator, I will be a steadfast supporter of agricultural issues, especially those that greatly affect our area.