Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Clay, Duval, Putnam/St. Johns, Nassau and Union
Wendy Smith serves as the District 3 representative on the Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Leadership Committee. Smith and her husband, Jeb, live in St. Johns County with their four children, Jared, Cady, Jeremy and Cayla. Jeb is also a member of the Florida Farm Bureau State Board of Directors.
Smith was born in Brevard County but later moved to Ocala with her parents. As a child, she enjoyed reading and calls herself a “bookworm.” She participated in the Marion County 4-H Program as well as the Woods and Water 4-H Club.
“After joining 4-H, I found myself from having my nose in a book to showing my first steer!” she exclaimed. “I loved being in 4-H and later went on to expand my agricultural education by attending the University of Florida where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.”
Smith’s typical day begins with a reading from her Bible and a cold glass of chocolate milk. The mother of four has homeschooled her children and next year the couple’s youngest child will be set to graduate from high school.
It is Smith’s hope that her children and her family will always know that she is their biggest cheerleader and that she was involved in every milestone of their lives. “I hope that they know how much I love the Lord and that I have let His love shine through me,” she added. She strongly suggests that including children in farm work will encourage them to grow up to be much stronger, both physically and spiritually.
With Jeb’s parents, the Smiths own and operate Smith and John’s, Inc. where they raise Brangus cattle and grow perennial peanut hay and St. Augustine turf grass. The Smith’s also own a small herd of Cracker cattle.
“My job on the farm is marketing our cattle for direct sales and to help with tagging and deworming when it is time to work the cattle,” she said. In her spare time, Smith volunteers with the St. Johns County 4-H program where she serves as a leader, forestry and meat judging coach.
She also serves as a member of the Florida Agricultural Museum Board of Trustees and is active in her county Farm Bureau Women’s Program. “I play the piano for church and I still love to read,” she happily said.
Smith encourages women in her community to join the Farm Bureau Women’s Program and expresses that “the Women’s Program provides an opportunity for women to rally together to educate, advocate and communicate to others the benefits of agriculture and ensure that our farming communities remain strong forever.”
Wendy’s favorite recipe is a classic crock-pot pot roast.
Crock-Pot Pot Roast
1 (3 pound) chuck roast
1 medium onion chopped
1 garlic clove minced
2 cups water
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
3 potatoes quartered
2 carrots sliced
In a six quart crock-pot, place roast, onion, water, bouillon cubes and all seasonings. Place the potatoes and carrots on top.
Cover and cook on low heat six to seven hours or until tender. Transfer the roast to a serving platter; measure the drippings, and pour into a sauce-pan.
Whisk together 1/4 cup water and one tablespoon of flour for every cup of drippings. Whisk the mixture into drippings.
Cook the mixture, whisking constantly over medium heat until slightly thickened. Pour over the roast. Yield six to eight servings.