Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

Kelly Mosley
Career and Technical Education Specialist, and Owner of Amazing Grace Crop Maze

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Location
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit of Florida
Kelly's Perspective

As both a farmer and an agricultural educator, Kelly Mosley is a shining example of living the agricultural life and modeling all that it represents.

Kelly is a career and technical education specialist for the Clay County School Board and works side-by-side with the FFA chapters in each high school. She was awarded the Florida Farm Bureau's "2015 Volunteer Communicator of the Year" for her work with students and the community in promoting agriculture and its benefits. Kelly was also the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Horizon Alumni Award recipient for 2013.

“I’m inspired by the chance to positively impact the lives of others. I have the unique opportunity to do this both professionally by working with students and teachers in our school district, and personally through our family farm,” says Kelly. “My parents set an example of serving others and there were many other adults who invested in my life during my teenage and college years. I want to continue this legacy and provide the next generation of agriculturists in our community with the opportunities I was given growing up.”

Both with off-farm careers, Kelly and her husband, Justin, also operate an agri-tourism destination designed to educate consumers about agriculture and its importance in their lives. Their Amazing Grace Crop Maze operation showcases rural life and agriculture to thousands of visitors who might never have an opportunity to see and experience farm life first-hand. Urban students are among the annual visitors, learning about agriculture in a fun, safe and educational environment.

“We hope guests enjoy spending time with their families and learn about the agriculture industry and where their food comes from in the process,” says Kelly.

Kelly and Justin completed a two-year leadership development program with the Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Committee. Named the 2010 Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award winners, the couple placed in the top 10 at the national Farm Bureau YFR Excellence in Agriculture Competition. They continue to remain active in Farm Bureau and other agricultural organizations.

Kelly is also a dedicated volunteer, working with her church, in the agricultural community, and with local charities. As one example, last year she supported a local food bank distribution project, helping sort, bag and distribute more than 30,000 pounds of food to 420 of Clay County's neediest families.

“I think the future of agriculture will hold both challenges and opportunities,” says Kelly. “I have no doubt America’s farmers and ranchers will meet these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities to continue to feed and clothe our country and the world.”

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