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LaDonna just started blogging recently about her farm in Florida at Modern Farm Family. She has an interesting series running right now on raising broiler chickens.

1. Tell a little about you and your operation.Featured farmer
There is so much to say about the family’s operation. We produce poultry, southern high bush blueberries, hay, and timber. We are located in HOT sunny Perry, Florida. I always say we are the “armpit” of Florida when explaining our location.
2. What made you want to start your blog?
I had two main reasons for starting the blog. First, I was not raised on the farm.  I wanted to tell others the real stories as I learn and experience life on the farm. Second, my son received a children’s magazine a few months ago that had a cartoon article telling about how hurtful sugar cane farmers are for the environment. The cartoon made the farmer look like the “villain” of the story. I couldn’t believe this was coming to our mail box. I imagined how many other parents might have read this same article to their kids. I was thinking hard about starting a blog then, but I put it off. Then we went to the state FFB Young Farmer and Rancher conference and attended a seminar on social networking. I felt maybe this was a sign to start blogging. After the magazine and then the seminar, I started the blog. My goal is to bring our story to the dinner table and maybe even night time readings for families.

3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
To my surprise was how many readers/page viewers I got in the first week and the positive things people have said about my blog. They love reading about our life. Many of the people in my hometown knew we farmed just not sure exactly about what all we did. Blogger.com also shows who your audience is. I have someone in Germany reading my blog. That’s amazing!

4. Tell us about getting the blog up and running. Was it difficult?
Once I decided to do it, I used blogger.com. The website walks you step by step on setting up your blog. For a beginner I would say it was perfect for me.  Once you learn how to get your story out there and the lingo for everything it is easy.

5. What are your future plans for your blog?
Tell the stories of what’s happening on our modern farm. We are constantly learning ways to improve the environment and how to improve our business.

Please head over to LaDonna’s blog and read her story about raising chickens, blueberries, ect. Take some time to leave her a comment to let her know you were there.

If you have a suggestion for future featured farmers, please use the contact page to send me their site.

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