I have to apologize to sd country wife. From reading on her blog, The Simple Country Life, I gathered she just had a large garden and a couple calves. I didn’t realize she and her husband had all this going on. But sd country wife did say she blogged semi-anonymously.
1. Tell a little about you and your operation.
My husband and I live on small cow/calf operation running about 210 head of stock cows and 250 acres of crop ground. He helps his dad with this but it’s a one-man farm so he works full-time seven miles west on 6500 acres. He also sells seed on the side to the local farmers. While he is gone during the day it is my responsibility to feed my (I say “my” because they are in my name, which makes me happy) three bottle calves and keep our large produce garden running.
2. What made you want to start your blog?
I started my blog in August 2010 to document life on the farm from a non-farming woman’s perspective. It’s not cutesy; it’s often melancholy and straight arrow writing depicting the loneliness of long days and unpredictability that comes with the farming life. Living 20 miles from town and high gas prices, I am responsible about not wasting trips to town, which means I need to find things to keep myself busy out here.
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
People interested is this “simple” life. The responses of people who understand the family farm ways and hours but also that it is a calling and an occupation of pride for those who do it. I am proud of my husband, and thankful he does what he loves. That’s what matters.
4. What is your favorite post and why?
This is a tough one, but for me, probably When You Think You’re Alone. It documents lonely, uncertain days that I experience with the seasons of farming life. Some seasons are sunshine wonderful; others are frustrating and isolating.
5. What would you say to larger farmers about why they should have a blog?
I’ll speak to the women here, and say it’s important audiences hear your perspective. That’s what I enjoy reading, other farm women and the strength they have to support their husband in his calling and encourage him no matter what. In a world of information overload, mixing farming facts with a bit of heart and humor builds a successful blogging community.
Women who farm or are married to farmers have a unique story to tell, and we need your voice. I say with confidence farming families success is built upon an encouraging and supportive wife, friend, and partner. Why don’t you share your journey?