Desiree Wehner, a Georgia native, has always had a love for animals. After volunteering at her local vet office as a teenager, she received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia. After college, Desiree and her husband, Al, were hired as herdsmen or “dairy managers” on a conventional dairy farm in north Florida. Although they were winning state and national awards for milk production, they knew there had to be a better way to farm. After a New Zealand rotational grazing conference in 1993, the Wehners decided to start a new dairy in south Georgia where they let cows be cows and graze grass 365 days a year.
Prior to starting the new dairy, Desiree took a trip to Italy and tasted the magic of Gorgonzola Dolce cheese. A crazy idea began to form. After several years of brainstorming and experimentation, Sweet Grass Dairy was born in 2000 to show people the difference of the milk from grass fed cows.
Today, Desiree continues to be instrumental in providing opportunities and advice to each of her three kids in their businesses while managing the finances and genetics for Grassland Farms. She is an avid dressage rider and has recently added a new family member named Gambler to pursue all of her equestrian sport dreams.
Jessica Little grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Brooks County, Georgia where she participated in 4-H and cleaned her share of water troughs over summer vacations. After swearing to never live in south Georgia, she moved right back from Atlanta after receiving a degree in business administration. Along the way, she was bitten by the restaurant bug and met future husband, Jeremy, who fell in love with the artisan cheese business.
After working at Sweet Grass Dairy for three years, Jessica and Jeremy were given the opportunity to purchase the business in 2005. While it has not been easy, owning a cheese business has been as rewarding as it has been challenging. Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses have won over 30 national and international awards since 2002.
Jessica manages the operations and sales for the company. Sweet Grass Dairy makes a line of six regular cheeses and several seasonal options. We also opened a Cheese Shop and casual restaurant in downtown Thomasville in 2010 that focuses on storied ingredients from like-minded producers.
Jessica is the mother of 4 crazy boys, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, part of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans & Chefs of the Southern Foodways Alliance, on the board of the beloved Hands and Hearts for Horses, and recently inducted to the prestigious international Guilde de Fromagers dedicated to promoting cheese knowledge around the world.
Mandy Edwards is the owner of ME Marketing Services, a social media marketing & website design company that provides social media consulting & management and website design services to businesses of all sizes. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Mandy has 15+ years of sales & marketing experience. Past work experience has included print advertising sales and local store marketing for Chick-fil-A. Locally, Mandy is involved in her community through Professional Women of Statesboro, the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation, and the Blue Mile Foundation. She is a contributing writer to Business 2 Community and the Southern Coterie. Mandy is a graduate of Leadership Bulloch, a past honoree of the Statesboro Herald’s Top 20 Under 40, and in 2015, she was a StatSocial Top 100 Social Media Power Influencer. In 2016, she was honored as one of the University of Georgia’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Alumni. Mandy is also a graduate of the second co-hort of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Academy. She married to State Prosecuting Attorney Ben Edwards and is the proud mother of two redheaded daughters who constantly keep her on her toes.
Myra A. Hart is the owner of Therapeutic Touch Associates, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and an Essential Oil Consultant; she has been evolving her senses for much of her life. Her passion is for enchanting wellness usingthe healing arts of bodywork and essential oils and learning how they benefit us by working harmoniously.
Educated in 1998 in Aromatherapy at Australasian College of Herbal Studies and a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, she has been studying and practicing essential oils for over 19 years and is well-versed in the uses of essential oils and how they can be used to improve overall health and wellness.
Prior in launching her company, Myra built her business foundation on more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Insurance, and state government. She has created innovative opportunities to combine her passion for sensory evolution and her business background. As a student in the Aromatherapy program, she developed a case study in essential oils and music therapy in the post-op room at Tallahassee Community Hospital.
A third generation Floridian, Myra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and advanced graduate studies in Business Administration. Her aromatherapy products have been sold in stores in Tallahassee and St. Augustine. She and her husband, Marion have lived in Tallahassee for the past 27 years, and she is the proud Mimi of five.