Faith, family, friends and farming. The Four F's. That's what I love. I grew up on a chicken and dairy farm with my parents and brother and sister. As a teen I remember saying, "I'll never marry a farmer. Farmers work long hours, and rarely get a day off." Well, as the saying goes, never say never. Farmer John and I were married 34 years ago. I think it was his dedication and commitment to farming that brought us together. He reminds me of my dad. My mom and I used to tease that I "married someone just like my father." That makes me smile. John and I have been blessed with undoubtedly the best kids ever. Besides helping on the farm, they both have full time jobs as well. I also work off the farm as the Minnesota Dairy Princess Coordinator. Together with John's parents we own and manage a 130 cow dairy farm. I am thankful it was God's plan for me to marry Farmer John and I thank God every day for His blessing us with the four F's.
So why do I blog? Twenty-five years ago, while hosting a tour of our farm, after explaining to the group of students what we do every day to care for our animals and our land, and describing a typical day on the farm that begins at 6:00 AM and ends 14 or more hours later, a 3rd grader asked me, "What is your husband's REAL job?" That really got me to thinking about how important it is for me as a farmer to share our story. Not only do we need to share the farm-to-food story to school age children, but to adults as well. I began by speaking to organizations, classrooms, and serving on County and State Dairy Boards to promote the product and lifestyle we love. When Midwest Dairy invited me to a social media workshop it seemed like the perfect gentle nudge I needed to enter the world of blogging.
Welcome to my barnyard!