Can Technology help us capture Happy?

Farming is hard work.  But it is also so enjoyable and rewarding!  Capturing the optimism around farming and the farm lifestyle can help remind us of why we love this job and this lifestyle.  Not every day will be great, but during the times that are great we should remember to take note of them, capture them, share them.  Linking farm activities and hobbies can be a great way to bring joy to your day, your operation and those around you. Whether that means harvesting an abundant garden, learning how to use a GoPro or having a fun ATV to use for crop scouting, work can be fun.

Audience Suggestions:

Share positive farm photos via social media

Invite multi-generations for field suppers or ride alongs

Share accomplishments in group chats

Create a photo book

What the Forecast weather app

If you have any feedback or additional suggestions of technology solutions to share, please feel free to comment or email us directly at teresa@farmfemmes.com or karen@farmfemmes.com.


Drone Energy

Drone technology is more than cool… It has a lot of different agricultural uses, or potential uses.  Flying the drone has become a hobby that connects my farm family in a new, cool and engaging way.

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My parents have always been early adopters of technology - from being the first family in our area with a bag cell phone to now doing variable rate granular fertilizer applications, they have been eager to try new things.  I chose a university with a technology focus and then as a teacher, my instruction was technology rich. My parents really inspired and encouraged me to invest in a drone and start flying. My Dad gave me the technical know-how to get up in the air and after that the inspiration to continue comes from what I get to see!

When I fly, I can literally see for miles and look around at the fruits of our labour.  I can watch a crop grow and develop in a whole new way, which brings a whole new perspective to the amazing power, and beauty, of Nature.

And, then the energy is contagious…

  • My husband can scout fields differently

  • My girls know about drones before they are even in school

  • My sister makes crop production videos to share on YouTube

  • My nephews are pumped because they get to be involved with the farm in a modern way

  • My neighbour stops by to see what we are doing

  • A friend asks questions about a video we posted on social media

  • A follower tells me how to correct my shot exposure

And all of a sudden, a little drone flight creates a LOT of positive energy and ag-inspiration, for me and for a lot of other people too!

So maybe, in this case, flying actually helps me to showcase how I am #RootedInAg and #FlyingHigh at the same time.  Pretty cool!

Eye in the Sky

We got the chance to get some drone photos at Vallotton Farms and ran into a great problem - it was super sunny!  So, now I need to learn a bit more about how to change my exposure settings, but learning is fun when you are motivated by a real-world problem.  (Even on the last week of school, I still remember the principles of learning 101.)  

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All of our DJI drone and GoPro footage will turn into videos so we can share even more of our farm adventures with you - stay tuned.

Drone Pics

It goes without saying that seeding is a crazy busy time, which means today's post is light on words and big on photos.  Feel free to comment with photo ideas - or link us to your cool drone photos so that we can try to capture more unique and interesting shots.

Seeding soybeans

Seeding soybeans

Rolling the soybean field

Rolling the soybean field

Practice makes perfect???  Testing out auto tracking - haven't got it mastered yet.

Practice makes perfect???  Testing out auto tracking - haven't got it mastered yet.