“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~Bishop T.D. Jakes
I am Jerad Minnick, an independent advisor and data nerd at Natural Grass Advisory Group (www.naturalgrass.org). 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year I am thinking about how to improve high-use natural grass sports surfaces.
With my “Passion for Grass” (tag line also belongs to Barenbrug seed!), I am also labeled a natural grass and environmental advocate. Having grown up on a family farm in the village of Lock Springs, Missouri, plants and soil are all I know. The transition from growing soybeans to natural grass sport surfaces took place early in life when I built my first baseball field at 13 years old. I started a mowing company at 15. And began work at a local, small farm town golf course at 18.
But even as started my education attending the University of Missouri to study Turfgrass Management, I never imagined where a passion for sports and natural grass could take me. I enrolled to become a Golf Superintendent because I had no idea it was possible to become a Sports Field Manager. But in a twist of fate, as soon as it became apparent that Sports Field Management could be a career… I was ALL IN. And here we are today!
My Professional career “grew” quickly and uniquely. I am very lucky and very blessed to have been able to work with some of the most intelligent and passionate people in natural grass and sports. University of Missouri Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City and Maryland SoccerPlex are all not only on my resume… but each organization and field management team supplied me with unique teachers and experiences that created my passion for high quality, high use natural grass surfaces.
But what really makes me “different” is that I am 100% non-conformist. I am not fond of “rules”. I have absolutely no respect for the Status Quo. There is no such thing as “impossible”…. because it is just that we haven’t yet found a way to do it yet!