Lesley Schmidt CommonGround Kansas

Meet Lesley Schmidt

She’s part of the fifth-generation on her family farm in Southwest Kansas. She works alongside her family raising crop varieties such as alfalfa, oats, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat, all while managing a cow/calf operation. 

Lesley also works in Wichita for a full-service engineering and planning firm where she is a civil computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technician, as well as a permit writer and cartographer.

In her free time, Lesley enjoys baking, gardening, reading, traveling, and fitness and sports activities like biking, hiking, running, and yoga. She also is involved in Adventurous Babes Society, Challenge Games, USA Track & Field, and Young Professionals of Wichita. During track and field season, she officiates at a variety of schools, community colleges and universities, as well as the Challenge Games.

Lesley joined the CommonGround™ Kansas team in spring 2017. Sharing her farm’s story, whether it be with words, pictures or videos, showcases why she’s is proud of the ongoing improvements, dedication, passion, and concern that go into the food that is put on the dinner table. Agriculture is truly Lesley’s passion.

  • Expertise: Animal Ag/Nutrition/Welfare

  • Ag Connections: Agri-Business Council of Wichita, American Agri-Women, Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita Food Policy Committee, Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (KARL), Kansas Agriculture Emergency Response Corps, Kansas Agri-Women, Kansas Beef Endurance Team, Kansas Cattlewomen, Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Communicators and Educators Committee, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Farm Bureau’s Master Program, and Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockmen