Meet Jerry Vogler. He was born in Lamesa, Texas where he lives and farms. He graduated from the Texas Lutheran University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Jerry is a member of the board of directors for the Dawson County Soil and Water Conservation District. He also serves on the Dawson County Agriculture Leaders Committee. His hobby is hunting.
Jerry and his wife, Darlene, married in 1977. They have a son and a daughter. Together they attend the First United Methodist Church of Lamesa where Jerry serves on the board of trustees. Darlene is a member of the board of directors of Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative.
Jerry is the fourth generation to farm in the United States with a farming legacy that reaches back to Germany. He keeps the family tradition alive in many ways: (1) he farms the same land his father and grandfather farmed and (2) he lives in the same house that he grew up in. In 1993 Jerry began farming organically and is currently working 600 acres, as he has turned part of the family operation over to son, Aaron. In addition to organic cotton, Jerry grows organic grain sorghum, guar, peanuts, sesame, sunflowers and wheat. Jerry’s reluctance to use chemicals due to his concerns about its effects both on human health and the environment has brought about his desire to grow organically.
Jerry’s reward for producing organically is the friendship he gains with other farmers who share his same values and goals. He also enjoys the relationships with the customers who purchase the organic cotton. He makes this world a better place by conscientiously taking steps to improve and protect the quality of soil, water and air around him.