Jamie Stone began her 20-year military career in the National Guard, at age-17, as a mechanic. Barely five-feet tall and weighing in at 97 pounds, Jamie reminisces, “I was handling tires that were nearly as tall as me. One of the great things that came from my experience is, I can work on my own vehicles.” She also worked full time for the National Guard as a Federal Technician in Redmond, Oregon during the last 13-years of her military service and currently works at the Crook County Sheriff’s office as the Community Services Deputy.
Jamie and her husband, Todd, met during their service in the National Guard after Todd’s six years’ service in the Marine Corp. “Military life, starting a new business, raising three sons and caring for our rural property became too much of a juggling act for us both so Todd recently retired to manage Prepper Up, our Survival and Sporting Goods store full time,” says Jamie.
Jamie’s love of gardening, interest in growing herbs, and the urge to identify plants on their own property in Central Oregon peaked her interest in creating salves and lotions using the herbs she grew and could forage. “I began dabbling in making products out of my home-grown herbs. It didn’t take long to realize that I needed more than base knowledge to create the effective products I aspired to,” says Jamie.
“I did my research and found the American College of Healthcare Sciences, ACHS, an Oregon military friendly school where I could use my education benefits. I hadn’t attended school in 15 years so a distance learning school was perfect for me. With the help of ACHS admission staff, I was soon following my dream, beginning and graduating from the Herbal Retail Management Certificate program with CHRM Honors,” Jamie proudly declares.
“My next big accomplishment will be to establish a teaching classroom at Prepper Up so I can share my how-to knowledge with others in my community interested in creating their own holistic herbal health supporting and beauty products,” she tells us.
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