Feed Yard Foodie
Anne has an amazing story to tell on her blog Feed Yard Foodie. If you are looking to make a positive impact connecting consumers with farmers; her blog might just be the ultimate example. Anne is that good of a communicator.
1. Tell a little about you and your operation: A native of urban Palm Beach County, Florida; I was an Ivy League educated athlete fueled by beef for many years before I understood “where my beef came from.” Now, I am a mother of three and live with my husband in Nebraska where we run a cattle feed yard and farming operation. Feed Yard Foodie is a site where people can come to read about the real story of beef, written by someone who actually gets their hands dirty.
2. What made you want to start your blog? I started the Feed Yard Foodie blog because I wanted to personally reach out to consumers and share how I care for my animals and grow safe and delicious beef. I remember what it was like to not have a personal understanding of the food supply, and I think that it is my responsibility as a beef farmer to share how I grow the food that consumers are purchasing. It is logistically impossible to bring most consumers to my farm; however, my blog allows me to bring my farm to the consumer.
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect: I have always enjoyed writing, but I am surprised at how much I like interacting and sharing my story through a blog. I have no background in “social media” and the Internet was in its infancy stage when I was graduating from college, so it has been a huge learning experience for me to interact with people via the blog. I spend my days caring for animals, so the human interaction aspect of the blog has been an interesting addition to my life!
4. What is your favorite post and why? It is difficult to choose my “favorite post” as I have almost 100 posts up on the blog site now…I am particularly fond of a recent post entitled “A Sea of Grass…A Bountiful Food Supply” because it was so much fun to write. In this post, I was able to blend my experiences, my farm, my family, and my great state of Nebraska all together to explain how I make beef.
5. Where do you get your ideas for post topics? I like to write posts in “series”. My longest series was tracing the life of Calf #718 from birth to harvest, but I have done many smaller series focusing on one aspect of cattle care or beef production. I like the ability to comprehensively dig into a topic for a couple of weeks, and then move on to something else. I generate all of the ideas for the blog posts from my own experiences, and try to draw a parallel from life on a farm to life in a city. I look for common ground that will speak personally to an urban consumer, and blend it back to real life experiences in my feed yard or on our crop farm.