Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Carol Smith

Compensation and Benefits Specialist

Carol Smith joins The Land Institute with many years of payroll administration expertise. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

What work experiences are most relevant to your position at The Land Institute?
I have spent the last two years working at an organic vegetable, herb, flower, and grain seed farm in Oregon called Adaptive Seeds where I worked as the main seed cleaner and with all processes in the field and harvesting. I also spent time working as a production manager at a vegetable farm and as a worker at a native plant nursery. I have worked in several lab and field positions throughout the years. I grew up working summers as a strawberry picker and a corn detasseler.

What’s most inspiring about your position?
Though I am not directly involved in the awesome work we are doing here, I feel as if I am contributing in the best way possible with the skills that I have to offer this terrific organization and cause. To make a difference in this world is my absolute dream!! Additionally, it doesn’t hurt that I absolutely LOVE all things payroll!

What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
The ability to not just work but to make a difference, to be a part of an organization that truly makes a contribution to society and our world, is something that I have dreamed and longed for all my life.

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I grew up on a farm (after the age of 8-9) and was very much my father’s right hand with everything involved in farm life.

What else are you passionate about?
Finding resources and means of assistance to victims of domestic violence and homelessness.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I would write a book about my life, overcoming obstacles and adversity, changes that I have seen during my lifetime, and teachable moments. I believe that we should never stop learning and growing.

What’s your motto or favorite quote?
Learn something new every day!!

What were you like at age 10?
Introverted and very much a loner. I could walk for hours all over our 120 acres with my beloved cat Angel wrapped around my shoulders and never miss being with people.

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