One of Greater Sacramento’s booming industries is food and agriculture. As a young professional, I have stepped into the world of these industries, working for their economic growth which is something I didn’t originally see in my future. I was born in China where I was exposed to the life of farming and agriculture through my father’s family, who had a microfarm composed of vegetables they would consume daily, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans and more. At the age of seven, we moved to Southern California and the idea of entering into a career in agriculture was not on my radar. There were always the unattractive perceptions of working in the dirt – that it is strenuous and not lucrative. I realized I wanted to invest my career in these industries after being exposed to their intricate innovations and opportunities. So, after finishing my bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis, I pursued a master’s degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics there.