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Will you let a single article sum up your farming heritage?

Someone tweeted a link to this article saying how proud of her family she was. And the lady should be proud. The article talks about the closing of a dairy farm and interviews the brother and sister who grew up milking cows by hand.

When I read it, I thought how sad if a single newspaper article were the only record of their family farm history. Yes, most families will have a few scattered pictures. But what about the stories. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our great grandparents would have kept a journal of everything that happened in their lives. Keeping a blog on your family farm will be such a tremendous blessing for generations to come.

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My father-in-law showing his Jersey heifer at the fair, 1941.

When I see pictures of my grandpa farming, I wonder what he did for his daily chores. What were his struggles farming during WWII. How did he teach his sons to run the equipment. No one is around to tell those stories any more.

At my farm’s website, I don’t worry so much about unique visitors or page views. I’m writing for my kids’ kids.

I’m not overly concerned about advocating for agriculture. I’m telling future generations about their heritage.

So if I publish a popular post or someone from the city learns about farming from my site, that’s great. What is more important to me is that my grandchildren’s grandchildren can read the story about how their ancestors organized the harvest of a widow’s crops. Or the time we tried to save a favorite cow.

And that is one of the reasons I created this site. I try to make creating a blog or website easy for farmers to tell their story for future generations.

Really. How sad would it be to have a newspaper article be the only written record of your farm’s history.

Leave a link to where you’re keeping a journal about the story of your farm.

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  • This is such a sweet story. Blog from the heart…I love it ūüôā

  • JulieVogts
    Thank you for writing this. Sometimes I worry bout not reaching enough people or writing enough about farming or that I’m too emotional in my stories.¬† But I am thankful I read this today.¬† Have a great day!

    • JulieVogts You are very welcome, Julie. Thanks for stopping by.

  • farmnwife

    Cottonaggie thx for RT

  • Great point! ¬†I feel fortunate that my family has kept track of their farming history. ¬†My grandpa kept a diary in which he noted his daily activities starting as a teenager and continuing through his adult life. ¬†Other family members also kept diaries, and my great uncle wrote a book for the family about growing up on a farm in the 30s and 40s. ¬†I treasure those stories, and I love the idea that my blog could be doing the same for future generations.

    • @Jennifer Wow, Jennifer. I bet that is some interesting reading.

  • kelseyhomolka

    This is neat! I love this idea, and it might just turn into a blog post!

    • kelseyhomolka Hey, I would love to read that. Leave a link when you publish.

  • I was in Jaime’s PR class and heard you speak last Wednesday. Thank you for some wonderful suggestions! I had never thought about my blog as a record for future generations. So far, I have only thought of it as a class assignment that helped to advocate agriculture. However, I like your view much better. I hope that I can put more of this perspective into my blog posts, and thank you for sharing this view on blogging.¬†

    • @Marissa advocating isn’t for everyone. But all farmers can tell their story. That’s what counts. Keep up the good work.

  • I’m a new blogger…and when I started I was hoping to just¬†increase business with our farm vacation.¬† But once I got started I realized that this was something that the children will really love to read in a few years.¬† So now I just blog for them.

    • I should have included my blog link…

    • @Brenda¬† Great start on your blog. You will be amazed when you look back at the kids when they were little. They will really appreciate the site when they are older.