Read Books and Get Your Hands Dirty

Read Books and Get Your Hands Dirty

April 09, 2020

Farming comes in all shapes and sizes.  From big to little and everything in between the business of growing crops and raising livestock is vast.  On a recent trip to South Carolina, I landed myself in a very unique, small urban farm.  Sitting on about an acre in a converted parking lot on the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) campus I found a little slice of heaven, right in the heart of the city; Carmen Ketron and the MUSC Urban Farm. 

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A FarmHer Spreading Comfort

A FarmHer Spreading Comfort

April 09, 2020

Sherry is one of the most amazing women I know. She genuinely cares about people and is warm and inviting, making new friends on her path and leaving comfort in her trail.  Comfort to the kids she serves at school, comfort to the parents out there making food decisions, comfort for the women in her presence at the Farm Bureau and comfort to all of us who have the blessing of crossing her path. 

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A Cran-Do FarmHer

A Cran-Do FarmHer

March 26, 2020

Mary and her family have not only been great stewards of the land, ensuring that it is a sanctuary for wildlife, healthy forest and thriving wetlands, but they also operate an array of cranberry marshes and have started a new business, Honestly Cranberry, as an outlet for the tart fruit they grow.

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Push the Pause - A Discussion on Small Business Survival

Push the Pause - A Discussion on Small Business Survival

March 21, 2020

No matter who you are, where you are, what you do or how you do it, odds are you’re wondering what the future brings.  In the small business community, the world has changed overnight.  Customers have stopped coming, spending has slowed to a crawl and that in turn is forcing doors closed, layoffs and a very uncertain future.  Whether you are a small business owner, you work for a small business or use one in your day-to-day life (which is pretty much everyone) this is a topic that matters and needs attention. 

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A Mother, Daughter and Michigan Rye

A Mother, Daughter and Michigan Rye

March 19, 2020 4 Comments

We jumped back in the truck and headed a little further down the road to the rye field.  When we arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes…the field was such a brilliant shade of gold. It was like I was seeing a postcard of amber waves of grain set to the bluest of Michigan skies! Rita pulled the truck right down into the field where Debbie was waiting in the combine. She reconnected the combine to the harvesting head and was off…but not before I climbed up in the machine for a ride! 

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See the Good, #FarmHer

See the Good, #FarmHer

March 17, 2020 4 Comments

Let's hang in there together.  Be kind and remember that everyone else is living this right along with you, despite our physical separation.  Do what you can to support local businesses and our medical professionals through these tough times.  Choose to see the good. 

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Getting Social - The Why and How with Jodi Oleen

Getting Social - The Why and How with Jodi Oleen

March 10, 2020

No matter if you are a small business, a big business…whatever you are, you have a brand around you. The why and how of putting yourself out there matters for all of us! Jodi Oleen says it best, “where you live socially is all about your end goal. “

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Heart, Soul and Olive Oil

Heart, Soul and Olive Oil

March 09, 2020 2 Comments

Not knowing a thing about growing olives she started out by planting a few trees and quickly saw those weren’t the right variety for her.  She took what she had learned, expanded a bit and planted a new variety. Over the years she refined the process and learned from others in the industry. She also refined her tastes for the types of olives based on what end result she wanted and that was a great taste and high level of polyphenols, which is what makes olive oil so healthy.  

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A Wisconsin Fish Frenzy

A Wisconsin Fish Frenzy

March 05, 2020

The types of farms and the FarmHers behind them just will never cease to amaze me.  Just when I think maybe I’ve seen it all, my FarmHer journey leads me down a quiet rural road in the small town of Montello, Wisconsin, to Nelson and Pade.  There I found Rebecca Nelson who, along with her husband, has quietly become a driving force in the aquaponics industry.

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Dream Big, Dream Often

Dream Big, Dream Often

February 24, 2020

Tenille Townes used her creativity and artistry to celebrate and lift up the same women that I do.  They are worth sharing, worth celebrating. They are just like you and just like me. They are wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters.  They are everything and they are brought together by one mission; to nurture their families and communities, grow food, raise animals and love the land. 

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The Things We Can Control - A Message on Grain Handling Safety

The Things We Can Control - A Message on Grain Handling Safety

February 13, 2020

She walked into my house and came down to the studio just like any other interview, but this one was different.  This one was a mother who sat and told me the unimaginable story of losing her child. Her 11-year-old son, Keith, suffocated in a gravity flow wagon over 30 years ago and was lost to her forever.  As we sat at the table, mother to mother, our eyes locked together as she told me the harrowing details of that dreaded October day back in 1986.

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Just Jump In (Don't Wait to be Asked)!

Just Jump In (Don't Wait to be Asked)!

January 26, 2020

Wherever your place is, just know that there are women engaged all over agriculture, and this industry needs us all in order to thrive! So, take Yvonne's advice and don’t wait to be asked!

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