Melissa Land was born and raised in Mariposa. She grew up as an active member of 4-H and graduated from high school at 17. She attended the Kitchen Academy and graduated with honors.
After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving away, Melissa returned to Mariposa in 2010. She helped to open a restaurant in Mariposa but realized that she wanted more for her life and for her family.
Melissa decided that Merced College was where she wanted to be. She is currently pursuing her AA in General Agriculture and an AS in Animal Science. Melissa plans to continue on to Fresno State University to study Agricultural Education. She plans on acquiring her Master’s Degree at CalPoly and then teaching agriculture.
Melissa wants to teach her children and her community “how important agriculture is and how it brings communities together."
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