Hello! my name is Ellis Linke and I am starting my senior year at West Texas A&M University. I am studying Agricultural Media & Communications. I am hoping this internship with Ogalalla Commons helps guide me to finding out what I want to do after I graduate. I am currently the intern for Local Llano Foodshed, and I can’t wait to share more about local producers and artisans in the Texas panhandle.
I am originally from a small town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I grew up on a cattle ranch; showing steers, pigs, goats, and participating in home economics projects. My love for agriculture grew throughout my years in 4H and as our ranch began to expand. After graduating high school, I knew that I had a passion for agriculture I immediately majored in Agriculture Communications at the University of Wyoming as a college freshman. After my first semester, I realized that the D1 college wasn’t for me, and I transferred to Northeastern Junior College in the spring of 2016 and fell in love with the atmosphere of the small community. NJC was a second family to me, and I am so thankful for my year and a half I spent there. May of 2017 I graduated with an associates degree and decided to take a leap of faith and move 8 hours from home to attend West Texas A&M. My first year in Texas, has been a roller coaster of emotions, but this past spring I have really found a calling to do more with my photography and videography. I am grateful for this opportunity to internship with Ogallala Commons, tune in to see more on the Local Llano blog!