Date: Mar 15, 2022
Magazine:
March/April 2022

By Stephanie Metzinger, WG Senior Communications Manager

Born into a farming family in the Central Valley, agriculture runs in Sarah McClarty’s blood.

Sarah grew up helping out on her family farm, Gillette Citrus Co., and went on to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue a degree in business, with a concentration in accounting. After graduation, she landed a position at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Orange County.

However, the pull to return to the agriculture industry proved too strong. She returned to the Central Valley and accepted the position as Corporate Controller at HMC Farms. Sarah, who has now been at HMC Farms for 18 years, serves as the farm’s Chief Financial Officer and handles everything from accounting/financial oversight and grower accounting to process development and strategic planning.

“I find educating people on the business of being in agriculture very rewarding,” said Sarah. “Most people have no clue what it takes to be a ‘farmer’ these days and I feel like the more people who understand what ag is facing daily, the more likely it is we can make changes is this state and country.”

Sarah is among the first women to complete WG Women, a leadership program that provides pathways for women to achieve the highest levels
of leadership within the agriculture industry.

Journey with Sarah in the images below as she gives a sneak peek into her life.

WG Staff Contact

Stephanie Metzinger
Senior Manager, Communications
949-885-2256

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