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Advice, Contributors, Heather Barnes

Why I Should Follow My Child’s Example and Say “No”

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“NO!” My two year old son has that word down pat. I ask him a question and he tells me “No”. Sometimes I think he says “No” just because he likes the way it sounds. I picked him up from school and asked him if he played today. “No play!”…

Heather Barnes

About Heather Barnes

Heather grew up in the city but farming is in her blood. Her dad grew up on the farm and her maternal great-grandpa was a hog and crop farmer. Heather majored in Animal Science at Virginia Tech and went on to get her Master’s degree in Agriculture Education. Heather left Virginia after graduation and spent almost 11 years as an Agriculture Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. She met her husband, Brooks, who farms tobacco, corn, soybeans, sweet potatoes and wheat in partnership with his dad. When they decided to get married she relocated and switched careers, joining the North Carolina Department of Agriculture as a Marketing Specialist. Now living in a small agricultural community in eastern North Carolina, Heather spends her time pitching in on the farm when she can, chasing her two-year old son, taking pictures of all things farming and occasionally reading a book.

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Advice, Contributors, Farming, Featured, Food, Heidi Primrose, Parenting, Relationships

To Be a Farm Wife

To Be a Farm Wife

When I think of a “farm wife” I think of my Grandma Margaret. I grew up listening to stories about the farm and everything a good farm wife did. Taking meals out to the men who were working long hours in the field; growing gardens and collecting eggs to feed…

Heidi Primrose

About Heidi Primrose

Although she grew up in a small town in Iowa surrounded by agriculture, Heidi Primrose never imagined she would one day marry a farmer and live less than 15 miles from where she was born. But 13 years ago, she started dating a farmer. During their 5-year courtship she learned a lot about raising cattle and sheep, baling hay, and planting and harvesting corn. Not only did she fall in love with a farmer but she fell in love with a way of life. Eight years of marriage and three children later, Heidi could never imagine her life any other way. The ups and downs of farming can be a struggle but she is grateful for the life her and her family lead. Heidi works as a Speech Pathologist for the local Area Education Agency but is also a full-time mother and farmwife.

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Advice, Barbara Siemen, Contributors, Farming

Just Do It

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 As many of you may know, planting season is in full swing across the continent. My sweet, slow spring has ended and we are now in full farming season. For us, and for many others, this farming season won’t end until nearly December. Every year, I watch my hubby and…

Barbara Siemen

About Barbara Siemen

Barbara grew up in a typical 9-5 family in Mid-Michigan, but had family roots in the countryside. Though her initial college plans involved a big-city future, she fell in love first semester with a charismatic farm boy with flirty green eyes. Dorm dates turned into weekend trips back home to his centennial family farm, where she spent hours in a tractor, the milking parlor, or alongside his extended family at their frequent gatherings. After they graduated college, they married and moved “back home” to live where generations of Siemens’ had lived. Barbara, and her husband Darrin, have 3 adorable children and a future full of promise. While Darrin manages the daily operations of the dairy, beef, and cropping systems, Barbara takes care of the homestead, children, and office operations.

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Advice, Ashley Messing-Kennedy, Contributors

How to Not Procrastinate

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I am a procrastinator. I have accepted this a long time ago. For example, this post is supposed to up sometime today (Friday) and I started it this morning (Friday morning) while I am out in the barn. I really try not to do this, but sometimes it happens. After…

Ashley Messing Kennedy

About Ashley Messing Kennedy

Ashley Messing-Kennedy is the third generation to live and work on her family’s dairy farm. Although she is the third to take over this farm, there are many more generations of farming behind her. Ashley lives with her husband on the farm where her and her parents take care of their 210 cows and their beef farm. In addition to their animals they raise all of the feed for the farm as well as corn, dry beans and wheat. On October 6, 2012 Ashley married her husband, Eric who is a fellow dairy farmer. He manages the dairy farm he has worked at since he was 16 years old. In the future, they hope to raise the 4th generation on Ashley’s family’s dairy farm. For now, their life is busy, crazy and messy! Ashley blogs about daily life on the farm, fashion, remodeling their house, cooking and anything else that interests her. You can follow her messy, crazy life atMessyKennedy.com.

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Advice, Contributors, Kathryn Katz

Spring Time & Stress.

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We just had our 3 child… and well I had big plans to write this post well before she made her entrance, but this sweet baby came 2 weeks early. So I might just have to say this post is all to fitting for our life right now. (Our precious…

Kathryn Katz

About Kathryn Katz

Kathryn is small town California girl who met her husband Brent (on a blind date none the less) and moved to rural Nebraska. She grew up a ‘town girl’ the extent of her agriculture experience was one year of cake decorating through her local 4H chapter, the visits to her uncle’s rice farms and the 10 acres of olives that her father had as a hobby – although she did pick that first crop of olives (her father told her she was earning her college money). After graduating college from UC Davis, a job working for her sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) took her traveling throughout the United States. After 2 years zigzagging many college campuses… her first ‘real paying job’ landed her in Lincoln, Nebraska. Struggling to meet people, her parents told her… “you just need to get out there.” Her husband loves to joke that he was the third date that weekend. That blind date to a rural 4th of July celebration over 10 years ago turned into a marriage and 2… soon to be 3 kiddos later! This California girl now lives amongst corn fields and soybeans that her husband produces. Her husband says she knows enough about farming and agriculture to be dangerous! She tries to abide by the wonderful advice she received when she got married… ‘don’t learn a job that you don’t want to do forever.’ She can drive a grain cart with the best of them and haul a fuel tank to the field – however she would rather bring a tasty lunch or a snack than do the heavy lifting! She loves being able to look outside and see stars for miles, and that her kids can hop in with dad as he combines or hauls a load of grain to the elevator (yes we put carseats in our semis). Kathryn is very involved with a local ministry at her church called MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers); she loves spending time in the Word, trying new recipes to feed her hungry boys and could drink coffee all day long. In addition to chasing kids; she is a photographer. Her love of rolling film as a high school senior and yearbook editor was reignited when she had her first child. She stays very busy not only capturing her own family but lots of babies, families and high school seniors too.

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Advice, Barbara Siemen, Contributors, Parenting

Sweet, Slow Spring

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A lot of people may assume summer is my favorite time of year, given the fact that I love fishing and water activities, camping, sightseeing, and just generally being outside in warmth and sun. The majority of my youth was spent growing up outdoors, and I have especially fond memories…

Barbara Siemen

About Barbara Siemen

Barbara grew up in a typical 9-5 family in Mid-Michigan, but had family roots in the countryside. Though her initial college plans involved a big-city future, she fell in love first semester with a charismatic farm boy with flirty green eyes. Dorm dates turned into weekend trips back home to his centennial family farm, where she spent hours in a tractor, the milking parlor, or alongside his extended family at their frequent gatherings. After they graduated college, they married and moved “back home” to live where generations of Siemens’ had lived. Barbara, and her husband Darrin, have 3 adorable children and a future full of promise. While Darrin manages the daily operations of the dairy, beef, and cropping systems, Barbara takes care of the homestead, children, and office operations.

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Advice, Contributors, Jessie Wyrill, Safety

A Silent Pain

A Silent Pain

Have you experienced pain, excessive bleeding, nausea, constipation, or fatigue during your period? Have you also battled with infertility? You might be suffering from endometriosis. I have battled with this silent disease for almost 7 years. When my doctor first brought endometriosis up in an appointment, I had not idea…

Jessie Wyrill

About Jessie Wyrill

Jessie and her husband Jake live in north central Kansas on a farm that raises corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers, grain sorghum, and black Angus cattle.

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