Patrick and Allison Hartley represent District 3 on the Young Farmers and Ranchers State Leadership Group. Counties in their district include Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval and Nassau.
The Hartleys have been married for six-and-a-half years and stay busy with their three young children, all boys, in Bradford County.
Patrick works as a maintenance mechanic for Chemours Company and Allison is a high school science teacher. The couple also owns a small welding business.
The Hartleys were raised in 4-H and FFA and acquired leadership skills at a young age. Allison showed and raised market hogs for the local county fair as well as showed horses. Patrick worked in tobacco and hay fields for a farmer in neighboring Columbia County.
Currently, the couple operates a small beef cattle herd and a hay operation in North Florida. Patrick and Allison are dedicated to raising their children in agriculture and teaching them the importance of where their food comes from.
Giving back to the youth in their small, agricultural community is important to the Hartleys and they enjoy advocating for farmers in their district.
“This year we have been able to start a youth scholarship program and an FFA and 4-H Memorial Day fundraiser,” Patrick said. “We also serve as the superintendents for the Goat Show which takes place during the Bradford County Fair and set up and organize the Bradford County Farm Bureau’s booth at the fair.”
The Hartleys also help sponsor the meal served for the local 4-H Beef Bash prospect show fundraiser.