Rianne Erlwein, grew up with her two brothers, Austin and Sawyer, on Myers Century Farm, in Jeffersonville,NY. Growing up on the farm there was rarely a day that wasn't spent working on the dairy along side of their parents and grandparents. Chores were just a normal part of life and spending all of that time with family was always a special and fun endeavor - mixed in with an occasional exciting adventure!
Rianne and her brothers got to share many happy memory-making times with their grandparents, 14 aunts and uncles and 20 first cousins that all live in Jeffersonville and the surrounding area. These relatives, and many friends too, were always there if they ever needed help on the farm. From fixing breakdowns to harvesting crops, building projects and even with the cattle (especially when they would escape from the safe confines of their pasture!) If a call for help went out, the community would do their best to be there - day or night. Farming and family demonstrate teamwork at its very best, and it is no wonder why she and her brothers learned that these experiences are a very treasured blessing that have shaped who they are today.
Rianne attended Sullivan West Central School. During high school, she was a proud member of the track and cross-country team, and participated in two drama productions. She competed in the New York Cross Country State Championships 5 times, and was a member of several Section 9 Championship Teams in Track. She graduated with her high school diploma in 2011 and went on to attend Utica College. While in college, Rianne ran cross country for three years and participated in 3 marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon. She earned Empire 8 All-Conference team status in her sophomore year, and was named Sportswomen of the Year. In 2015, she graduated with honors, earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN). She has since gone on to pass the nursing boards exam and completed her journey to become a Registered Nurse - thus fulfilling the promise she made to her parents. She promised to broaden her horizons and make sure her skills are diversified - as the future of a farm is never guaranteed. Her extensive education in healthcare gives her a unique and evidence based insight on farming, improved aseptic techniques and the nutritional value of dairy in our diets. Shes hopes to use her knowledge of farming, competitive running and nursing to help educate the public on the importance of a balance diet that includes wholesome dairy products and a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise.
She has since returned home with the hopes of finding a way for the 7th generation, and hopefully future generations, to continue the family farming tradition. Farming and competitive running have given Rianne the grit it takes to use adversity to her advantage to create a bright future for herself and the family farm. She is very thankful to all of those that believe in her and are helping her live her dream!
7th Generation Dairy Farmer - Competitive Athlete - Registered Nurse
Faith - Family - Farming
How farming and competitive running have taught Rianne Erlwein to use adversity to her advantage
to create a bright future for herself and the family farm.
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