In 2000, Jacqueline Smith received a degree in Studio Art and Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduating, Jacqueline joined the Peace Corps, where she learned the valuable link between local food systems and the health of the economy and the environment. After her return, Jacqueline pursued her passion for sustainable and environmental agricultural.
In 2006, she co-founded a small sheep dairy and creamery in Missouri. She managed her flock using regenerative grazing methods along with high animal welfare standards. Her creamery was awarded multiple national awards by the American Cheese Society for outstanding quality and flavor.
Jacqueline founded Central Grazing Company in 2015 to create a market for Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) lamb products. Central Grazing Company sells AWA lamb products to the natural food wholesale, retail and foodservice markets through direct distribution. Today, Central Grazing Company, produces 21 different lamb meat, leather and wool products from lambs raised on eight small, family-owned AWA farms. Jacqueline also raises lamb for Central Grazing Company on her farm in Kansas.