One year ago I made a resolution to be an active Agvocate, and I feel really good about that resolution. I am pretty sure that you can re-use resolutions, right? I am looking forward to another great year, and to using FarmFemmes as a platform to share the unique perspective of women in agriculture.
At the start of a new year we all re-evaluate our goals and priorities. This year one of my goals is to become an Agvocate. I grew up on a mixed farm and my parents are still farming. I see the love and respect my parents have for the land, I know the values that farming promotes and I feel the energy my parents have as they try new techniques and technology. Now, as a parent myself, I recognize the life lessons that farm life taught me and is teaching my children and I think that those values are important. I decided that I wanted to help promote a lifestyle that I love. Since we all need to eat and because I know ag isn’t for everyone I wanted to connect those who eat (everybody!) with an on-farm source of information.
I am by no means an agricultural expert. I am an enthusiastic learner, mother, daughter, sister and wife. As you explore around this site you will see the commitments that our farm makes to our community and to each other. There are many ways to run a farm and many types of farming operations; there is no one “right way” to do things on a farm. Especially a family farm. Things get messy and complicated; the same people fill business roles and family roles and there are no hours of operation. My goal for 2017 is to share some of what makes farming great, some of what makes it challenging and some of why we keep on trying to make a living off of the land.