May 15, 2018
College of the Ozarks honors the Hemme brothers at the 2018 Spring Free Enterprise Forum ConvocationCollege of the Ozarks alumni Michael, Jon, Nathan, and their brother, Aaron, were among several honored guests at the 2018 Spring Free Enterprise Forum Convocation.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks honored several current and former students at the 2018 Spring Free Enterprise Forum Convocation on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
College of the Ozarks alumni Nathan, Jon, Michael, and their brother, Aaron, were among the honored guests at the convocation for their entrepreneurship and hard work. The brothers joined their father in 2016 to continue the family legacy in agriculture by opening the Hemme Brothers Farmstead and Creamery.
“Hemme Brothers Creamery was a necessity,” Jon Hemme said. “It was a need that was filled in order to support five families.”
The brothers grew up working on their parents’ farm, feeding bottle calves and pigs as daily chores, and they continued refining their agriculture, animal science, and business skills in college.
They returned to their family farm with the objective of making it not only a farmstead but a creamery as well. Their grit and resiliency allowed their business to expand from “crop to cream to curd,” helped the brothers support their families, and provided their consumers with their newest product — cheese — that’s “better from the beginning.”
“Looking back at my time at College of the Ozarks, I see that it prepared me by ensuring I stuck to the plan,” Nathan Hemme said. “Just as in business, you’re faced with distractions and adversity. There were times I thought I could be more useful to my family back on the farm than at school. I kept to the College’s plan and graduated from C of O on time and debt-free,”
The advice the Hemme brothers want to offer students wishing to pursue agriculture as their future vocation is simple — be prepared.
“Know that the work and financial load can be overwhelming,” Jon said. “Having a good relationship with both and finding a balance can carry you through. The rewards and lifestyle are priceless.”
For more information about the Hemme Brothers Farmstead and Creamery, or for a list of their products, including German quark, flavored curds, aged cheddar, and more, visit their website at https://hemmebrothers.com/products/.
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
05.15.18 – Brittany C. Weaver