Building Farm Femmes: Thank You!

At FarmFemmes we are often guilty of always being future focused and forward oriented (learning, learning, learning for what’s next!).


Thank you!

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BUT year end is always a great time to take a moment and look back at what you did, and HOLY SMOKES 2018 was AMAZING for FarmFemmes and we could not have done it without you!

So, if you have been an avid reader, or this is your first post, we want to share that you are now in some pretty amazing company.

In 2018, FarmFemmes had readers from over 60 countries!

And a shout out to our top 10:

  1. USA

  2. Canada

  3. Switzerland

  4. Peru

  5. Brazil

  6. India

  7. Ukraine

  8. China

  9. Australia

  10. Germany

We are in awe!

Thanks to each and every one of our readers - you are making our small business dreams come true!

Intentional Learning

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Winter is learning time for farmers - there are seminars, conferences and sessions every week. What you should attend depends on your farm goals and priorities. But, no matter what you focus on in 2019 it should include learning. Sometimes this means learning something new, while other times it means learning how to put a familiar idea into action. Here are some events that are on our radar for the first few months of 2019.

If you know of a great learning opportunity - please comment below so that we can find out more!

Sunflower Snacks: Connecting Kids to the Farm

Snack time is a great time to capture your kids attention, and give a fun opportunity to connect to a farm! Below is a 2 minute snack idea that is easy to prep and was met with a lot of smiles from our kid testers! While you have your kids attention while they devour their snack, why not share with them where sunflowers come from by checking out a YouTube video.

Shameless self promotion…

  1. Click here for a short clip on what sunflowers look like before they turn into big beautiful blooms

  2. Click here for a quick video on how sunflower seeds go from the field to your favorite flavor of Spitz.

We are always looking to expand who we reach when we share the message of Agriculture. Ag in the classroom is one great way of sharing, but you can also take small moments like snack time to share with your kids, grandkids, daycares or classrooms what agriculture looks like!


Kids say the darndest things

There are many definitions of what it means to learn. The one that really speaks to me is that once you have learned something you are never the same again - you think differently and you act differently. This week we will be focusing on planning to learn. Rather than letting the winter months roll by, we are challenging you to be intentional in your learning. We want to think and act differently by the time seeding rolls around, and we hope that you do to.

Learning is active and involves give-and-take, two way communication and an open mind. Some of the most fun farm conversations we have involve kids:

  • You don’t live on a farm because there aren’t any animals.

  • You are a farmer. But you are a girl.

  • How do plants eat?

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Volunteering with Agriculture In The Classroom - Manitoba has allowed us to connect with kids to share our ag story. Please consider joining us this March in grade 2-6 classrooms for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM). You have a story to tell, and kids love to learn new things. And, the best part is that we learn from them too!

Register as a volunteer, or register your classroom for a visit.

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.
— Albert Einstein

Merry Farmily Christmas

Our farm family celebrates Christmas a little bit differently each year. However, we always make sure that Christmas is a special family time. This means that we make a point of being able to spend time together relaxing, laughing and reflecting.

To help you with your laughter, here are some throwback Christmas photos from our family. Perhaps you have some that look similar???

Wishing you some great farmily time to enjoy the company of those who refresh your soul.

Tell your story. What to say at your family gathering

Family gatherings are a great time to connect with people in a different way.  Maybe we get to have a different kind of conversation with someone we work with daily.  Or, we get to catch up with someone who we see only once a year. Either way, there will be lots of opportunity to visit this holiday season.  Here are some tips to consider as you agvocate while you socialize.

[Scroll down for the first two ideas, posted yesterday, and then bounce back here for two more tips.]

Share details and explain reasons

How much background knowledge does your audience have?  It is important to connect the on-farm events to the family-life impacts.  To make a complete story you need to give enough detail that people understand how and why the weather, markets, rental agreements or irrigation project impacted your farm life and family life.  So, for instance, this year we used straight cut headers more than we ever had before. Using a straight cut header eliminated the need for a second pass over some of our acres at harvest. This meant my husband and father-in-law spent less hours swathing. It allowed my 80+ year old father-in-law to slow down a bit and meant my husband had fewer crazy-long days.   People can connect more to your ag story if they understand why it mattered in your life.

Talk about the big picture

Sometimes it is easy to concentrate on telling the story of what is happening on your own farm.  However, it is also important to be able to know and share the story of agriculture on a larger scale.  So, for instance last week we were supposed to haul soybeans. However, the elevator was not going to take any soybeans until they had a better understanding of the trade implications between the USA, Canada and China.  For us, this means that we do not collect a paycheque for those beans until we can haul them. It also impacts our logistics and when we are free to haul the other crops we have left in the bins. It is important to share that global markets and trade relationships impact individual farmers.

Telling your ag story is an important way to connect people to the faces of modern agriculture.  Wishing you a fun holiday season of socializing and making connections as you share your story.