Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Christine Lee Bramwell began work Aug. 10 as a Santa Fe County 4-H agent with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
Bramwell, a native of Chromo, Colo., will provide leadership and guidance to Extension educational programs for 4-H youth, adults and special interest groups and work with community leaders and volunteers in Santa Fe County.
Bramwell attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., from 1994 to 1996. She earned her bachelor's degree in agricultural and extension education from NMSU in 1999.
In 1998, Bramwell served as a communications intern for the New Mexico Beef Council in Albuquerque. She worked in video production and wrote news releases.
"This experience convinced me that I wanted to stay in New Mexico," Bramwell said. "The council is a small agricultural business, and I enjoyed working there."
A fifth generation rancher, Bramwell is no stranger to hard work. "On a ranch, you don't have time to get bored," she said. "We raised mostly cattle and some horses, so there's always something to do."
Bramwell says her new job has the right combination. She gets to work with youth and agriculture. "I want to give as many kids as possible the opportunities I had through 4-H, while expanding and maintaining agriculture projects." Bramwell's mother, Sandra Bramwell, was born and raised in Farmington. Her twin brother, Chris, now runs her grandfather's farm there. But it was her father, James Bramwell, who encouraged her to go to NMSU. "Dad had heard about NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and asked me to come down and take, a look," she said. "The people were nice. I had warm feelings, and I knew it was where I- wanted to attend school."
Bramwell plans to start working on her master's degree this fall. In the meantime, she spends her spare time perfecting her new hobby -- team roping. "It's in my blood," she said.
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