The women below have generously agreed to act as mentors for other women who may have questions about their different industries. You can click on each industry to read a short bio about the mentor, and please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Donna Brooke-Alt is a wife, a mother, a business woman, a college graduate, a Christian, but has been a farmer all her life. After the death of her father, Donna, who was 20 years old at the time and her brother, who was 19, were forced to decide whether they wanted to take over the dairy operation that their father had built up or move on to something else. With farming in their blood, they decided to continue what their dad had started, Brookedale Holsteins. For years, the farm was solely a dairy farm.
As times got tough, they diversified, adding vegetables and a corn maze; and then greenhouses. Today, Donna is owner/operator, with her husband Donald Alt, of Brookedale Farm LLC. Until last year Brookedale has been an agritainment/greenhouse/cropping operation. Last year a event building was added to Brookedale’s list of offerings. Her brother has taken over dairy operations with his son, although Donna still has a vested interest and manages his books. She is a graduate of Potomac State College and previously worked as a manager of Romney Sports Connection for 14 years. Deciding she wanted to focus on what she loved most, her family and the farm, she quit her job to dedicate more time to both.
Donna is a director for Farm Credit of the Virginia’s board and has been for 12 years, a member on the Mineral County FSA committee, on Mineral County Farm Bureau Board, a board member for the Mineral County Family Resource Network, Mineral County Master Gardener, works closely with the Mineral County 4-H/FFA, and member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Donna and Donnie have two sons Devon, 17 and Derek, 15.