Other than farming, I pretty much love talking about food. Well, and my small child!
One thing that is important when it comes to food is freshness. We have all been to the grocery store where certain produce seems picked over and all that is left is something that looks like it may have been sitting there longer than a few days.
One thing that you might find interesting is that it takes 2 days for fresh milk to make it to your dinner table. This video from Midwest Dairy sums up 48 hours in 48 seconds. And gives you just a small glimpse of the hard work that dairy farmers put in every single day!
As farmers and ranchers one thing we are constantly thinking of is the future.
Once I married my farmer I became more and more knowledgeable about what exactly happens on a farm every day. And I often say it's like little boys who had little toys and they grew up into big boys with bigger toys...And I mean that in the sweetest way possible!
When you "tile" a field you are doing it in order to help with drainage. You mainly lay tile in spots that have poor drainage, which means a wet spot where water just kind of sits.
You dig a line in the ground and lay some tile in order to help that water move along through the field, rather than just sit in one spot. If you have spots in a field where water just sits it tends to mean you can't plant seed there, which means a loss in bushels per acre since that spot now does not have a crop planted in it.
The whole process to me is way cool. I think my husband thinks so too, especially since he spent so much time with the user manuals and attending classes to learn how to do it properly. It is so neat how everything has to work together just right to make it happen just right.
I have seen what happens when all pieces of equipment work perfectly, and unfortunately I have also seen what happens when they aren't working perfectly
Lots of steps..but this is how we do it.
We start by flagging the location we want to lay the tile.
We roll out the tile to get ready.
In our case we have a line already set that we want to link into. Which means that the excavator has to come over and dig down to that line so we can "T" into it. Or add the tile we are getting ready to lay.
You then stick the tile into the top of the tile plow, it digs down the correct depth, in this case around 3 ft and lays the tile. You then continue to follow the line you just drove by following the GPS coordinates.
Now, we technically have three pieces of equipment linked up at any given time. The tractor pulling the tile plow, the tile plow, and the ranger that puts in the flags. And we give all that credit to GPS, making it happen smoothly and connecting everything together so we know just the right spot to lay the tile.
Keep in mind, farmers out there, I have simplified this process a bit because I think really getting into the nitty gritty can get a bit confusing if you aren't out in the field seeing it first hand!
One thing my husband and I both really enjoy is our garden. And right around this time every year I start missing that garden. All the fresh produce, the sun, the warmth, getting my hands dirty...
We both love watching it grow. And we both love harvesting from it every evening.
Now that our daughter is big enough, she loves to help out too!
At the end of summer we spent our days picking and washing and grilling!
One thing I was pretty excited about this year was my new pressure canner. We got a new stove last year and I needed a new canner that would work properly on my new ceramic stove top.
We LOVE green beans. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Well, I love every part of our garden, my husband on the other hand, loves green beans.
So, finding a way to preserve those yummy green beans is really important. In the past I have frozen, this year, however, I was excited to try out the pressure canner and can some green beans.
First off, I enlisted my little helper and we snapped some green beans while watching Daddy work around the yard.
Before I met my farmer I was pretty passionate about the agricultural industry. So passionate that I chose to go college and enter into Purdue University's College Of Agriculture in Agricultural Education. I was way active in Indiana Agriculture. Always busy with something.
Now way back in my college days I would have said my absolute dream was to settle down and marry a farmer and have tons of little babies to spoil and play with.
My dreams haven't changed so much. I have settled down, I have married my farmer, and some day we hope for more children if God chooses to bless us.
Beyond what I wanted my family life to be I also had a dream of being heavily involved in Agricultural Education. I knew I didn't want to teach at the high school level forever. I foresaw myself with continuing on with my Masters degree and even one day my PhD. And then I wanted to say home and be a farm wife and a someone's Mommy.
As life changes I have also had to adjust my dreams. Getting my Masters while chasing a 19 month old around wouldn't be easy, but I want to be a focused Mom. A PhD would be wonderful to have, but I'm not sure I would use it while my little ones are still young. But, I believe in continuing education and always believe in learning.
I spend my days doing whatever my husband needs on the farm. I also have a couple of bred cows that are mine to check on twice a day. And I have a beautiful little girl that needs guidance, all from me. I believe in play dates, trips to the museum, libraries, and lots and lots of play time and snuggles. I believe in teaching prayers, manners, and giving her a voice. I believe that I am the best one to give these to my little girl, so I put my other dreams on hold…but I am always learning and take advantages of days where I can simply go and learn at a conference. Whether it's about impacting with Social Media, or a recent day of buildings for putting cattle in.
|Play dates at the Children's Museum.|
I volunteer my time talking to producers about the benefits of using social media on their farms. I talk to consumers about how they can feel confident when making decisions in the grocery store. I blog about what it's like being married to a farmer, and how sometimes it can feel like I am a single parent.
|Late night snack with Daddy after he got in from the fields.|
My dreams are still the same, maybe one day I will have my PhD. But, I do know that now my dreams are my little girl, my husband, continuing to have a faith filled home, and raising my child in God. My dreams are volunteering all my spare time to talking to consumers and answering whatever questions they might have about modern farming practices. Blogging about my life. And I may not be earning a Masters while I do all these things, but I am certainly learning more and more every day. With every person I have a conversation with, with every discussion I have with my husband over animal welfare, and with every time I make a decision to be an active part of our family's life.
I continue to learn and share that knowledge. And I think that is a pretty important dream too!
|Biotechnology meeting in St. Louis.|
|Women who attended the Biotechnology meeting in St. Louis.|