More than 20 years ago, Sarah Rhodes-Troxell left a lucrative career as a pharmaceutical chemist to help save the Schuylkill County farm that had been in her husband's family for 225 years.
The plan was to turn the 83-acre farm into a vineyard and winery.
Although it wasn’t certain at the time, that risk paid off.
Today, Rhodes-Troxell is the co-owner and winemaker at the successful Galen Glen Winery in Andreas, which has won numerous awards, including Rhodes-Troxell being named “best woman winemaker” at the International Women’s Wine Competition in California.
On May 23, Rhodes-Troxell will talk about her experience with two other women vineyard owners in a panel discussion at Penn State Lehigh Valley in Upper Saucon Township.
The other panelists will be Elaine Pivinski, who started Franklin Hill Vineyards in Bangor nearly 40 years ago while raising her two children and Kristina Warner, co-owner, Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township. Ashley Russo, president of ASR Media Productions and host of The PEAK TV and St. Luke’s HealthNow, will moderate.
The event is the third in a series highlighting women entrepreneurs from Lehigh Valley Launchbox, an early-stage business accelerator program at Penn State for entrepreneurs.