By Sara Howell-Floyd
“Unable to shop at the Tech Farm Salesroom because our hours are an inconvenience to you, do not fret, because we just extended them. This is probably the most exciting thing to happen at Louisiana Tech since the Aspire Tower was put up in front of the College of Business.”
From hours of operation to $1 ice cream cones to 17-year-old cows making their way from Tech Farm to the Tech Farm Salesroom, these are just a few of the entertaining topics of the Tech Farm Salesroom emails that are sent out to the students and faculty at Louisiana Tech.
Caroline Franklin, a junior secondary education major who aspires to teach social studies, is the mastermind behind these email that are sent out to the Tech community.
“I know it surprises people when I say I am in education and not an ag science major,” Franklin said. “My sister used to work at South Campus and when she graduated, I came here, she knew people and was able to get me this job.”
Franklin said that she does not have much of process when it comes to these emails. It is simply her boss telling her what she needs to write about, and she sits down at her laptop and begins typing.
“Mostly I write the emails myself, but sometimes I get ideas from other people,” Franklin said. “I do send the emails to my best friend first, though before I send the email to make sure that they will make sense, especially when I am talking about the technical stuff.”
The goal of these emails is not to just sell products from the salesroom, but Franklin also likes to make people laugh.
“I get probably 10 to 15 replies on most of the emails I send,” Franklin said. “Most people are nice and say things like ‘this is the best email ever’ or ‘I share these with my family, and we all get a laugh.’ I am just glad that I can make people laugh.”
Students around campus are not shy about sharing the joy these emails bring them. Emily Rettig, a senior at Tech, shares that they brighten her day.
“When they’re in all caps or about the 17-year-old cow, I can usually rely on getting a chuckle out of the emails,” Rettig said. “I also like that they provide updates about what they have in stock as I like to support local places when I can.”
One of the favorite emails amongst the students on campus would be the one about the 17-year-old cow, not only did Rettig express how much she liked it but so did Tara Spridco, a junior at Tech.
“I really like the email about the cow,” Spridco said. “When I read that email, I just could not stop laughing, it was great.”
This is just a little bit of the email for those who do not get the emails or may have let this one slide past them in their inbox: “At the salesroom, we have an angus beef that walked Tech Farm for 17 amazing years, but now calls the Tech Farm Salesroom freezer home. To clarify, the cow was 17 years old, we have NOT had steaks just chilling around for the last 17 years, that would not exactly be very good.”
As of right now there are no emails in the works that she could share but you never know when a cow will be for sale, or when there will be $1 ice cream cones as the weather gets warmer and classes begin to wrap up.
“You never know when I may appear in your inbox,” Franklin said.