Melissa Nelson of Hungry Canyon is a Nebraska farm and cattle gal who transplanted to Northwest Iowa after college to build an agricultural education non-profit and marry an Iowa farm boy. Her farm background and creative, entrepreneurial spirit allow her to put a unique spin on everyday items. She creates authentic and accurate agriculture-related cards, gifts and home decor from the farm and beef cattle operation she and her husband are so proud of. Melissa and her husband Mark have a one-year-old son, Roy, a seventh generation farm kid and lover of tractors and cows.
Hungry Canyon began when Melissa and Mark were dating in college. Melissa would make homemade cards for Valentine's Day that played to Mark and her love of farm life. She'd post them on social media after the holiday and her friends and family started asking if they could purchase them. With her knowledge of website creation and marketing and a cheerleader in Mark, they launched HungryCanyonDesign.com in 2018. The business has grown and it continues to be a fun, creative outlet for Melissa in her free time.
Card production moved from in-house (literally in Mark and Melissa's house) to a local print shop in nearby Sioux City, Iowa in 2019 to keep up with demand. The cards are still designed by Melissa but the physical product is produced by a company which employs individuals with developmental disabilities.