Gina and Travis Sheets
Travis and Gina Sheets are born Hoosiers, and for their 20 plus years of marriage have lived in Clinton County Indiana where they have spent the past 14 years building a diversified farm operation from row crop farming to raising all natural pasture poultry, free range laying hens, pasture beef, rainbow trout and a variety of fruit and produce, all for retail sale. Travis is a Vincennes University graduate with a passion for all things living and breathing; from plants to animals he has a caretaker spirit with a lifetime of hands on experience. Gina’s passion is economic development with an advanced accreditation by the International Economic Development Council in Economics through the University of Oklahoma and Business Administration from Stanislaus State University of California. She is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute, the only think tank in the Midwest. Trav worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Frankfort and built the community’s first zoo and aviary. He then became the director of facility and operations for a continuing care facility. In 2005 Trav became a missionary building churches around the world as a part of the small team who comprise World Mission Builders. When stateside (about half the year) Trav managed the farm, served as a Clinton County Councilman, raised exotic birds for retail sale, ran a landscaping company, and managed the rental properties he and Gina own. Gina has spent the past 16 plus years working in the field of economic development (10 on the local level and 3 serving as the Director of Economic Development for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. In January of 2013 Gina was appointed by Governor Pence to serve as the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Gina and Travis have ran small businesses, and served in elected positions. They have been host parents to seven exchange students from around the world and they have hosted many international visitors at their farm. Trav and Gina are very active in their community, recognized as Clinton County’s Citizens of the Year in 2006. Gina is a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of Frankfort Rotary. They have literally traveled and ran all over the world; Trav is a 2011 “Iron Man” finisher and Gina an “ultra-runner”. In January of 2012 Trav and Gina were called to Liberia to share their skills in diversified farming and business development. Hope in the Harvest Missions International was created as a 501c3. Trav and Gina live on the college campus of Liberia International Christian College (located in Ganta Liberia). Trav is the director of the newly accredited agriculture department and both teach on the campus and in the villages using Farming God’s Way. They work with the LICC staff and administration to build an agriculture and entrepreneurial program in the community at large. Already in Liberia, the Sheets have raised several types of fruits and vegetables and introduced new varieties, in addition to row crops and livestock. Trav and Gina are volunteers, the mission is building an agriculture education center to extend agriculture education and have committed to live in Ganta for five years.