December 28, 2018
Six years ago today I was on the edge of the cliff, ready to jump. I was planning to leave my career of 11 years in the coming weeks. I wanted to spend more time being in control of my life, seeing my kids grow and figuring out what I wanted to do. I was looking for something to throw myself into that was positive and good. I was looking for FarmHer.
I set out on a journey that quickly became my passion. Driven by the hard-working and very real women that were on the other side of my camera lens, I ran at my dream of FarmHer as fast as I could. I wanted to build more for all of you - the women who define themselves as a FarmHer. I wanted to show who you are to the rest of the world, and give you all something that could inspire and empower you in the very important work you do, day in and day out. As FarmHer has grown and changed, our mission of “shining a light on the role women play in agriculture” has remained constant. Today, we do that in many ways - from TV to radio and T-shirts to events. In 2019 we want to connect the world to the heart and soul of FarmHer; you. We want to make FarmHer accessible to anyone who wants to be a part of it, and invite you all in the door. Here’s what you can expect from FarmHer this year….
Our focus for 2019 is to help you see the faces of FarmHer, and make sure you know that you are the face of FarmHer. FarmHer always has been and always will be all about you. We will be sharing an image each and every day on our Instagram, so you can SEE the faces of FarmHer. We invite you to connect with us at one of our FarmHer hosted events or one of the events we attend such as the upcoming American Farm Bureau Federation convention to BE the face of FarmHer. We will take your image in our booth and you can then share that with others using #FacesOfFarmHer. It will also go into our lineup of Faces of FarmHer that we will be sharing on social media. No matter what your role is in agriculture - whether you drive the tractor, feed the people on the tractor, work to make that tractor run, insure that tractor or any of the other parts and pieces that go into any farming operation, you are the face of FarmHer.
Click here for a listing of FarmHer events
As we head into our 5th year of Grow by FarmHer events we want to make sure these events are accessible to any young women interested or engaged in the ag industry. FarmHer will host eight Grow events around the country in 2019. From California to Washington, D.C. and many stops in between, these day-long events will engage, empower and inspire young women about their exciting future in agriculture. We have always worked to keep ticket prices low, to make it as accessible as possible. Despite that effort I was still hearing that some young women were not able to swing the $35 ticket to an event. That isn’t ok with me, so as a team, we made the decision to offer these events free of charge to the young women in attendance for 2019. Due to the generous support of our event partners, Nationwide Insurance and Corteva, tickets will be free on a first come, first serve basis. I want every young woman who is looking to Grow, to be able to come to these events. We have seen these events make a difference in the lives of the young women who have attended over the past four years and I know this change can inspire hundreds more in the coming year.
Click here for tickets to the first Grow event of 2019, at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA.
I have had the wonderful opportunity of meeting women from around the country and having just a little glimpse into their lives. The struggles, the joys, the scary and the solid. While I love showing the positive and beautiful part of what they do, often times there is more to the story. In 2018 we worked to elevate some of the stories through the Shining Bright radio show and podcast and through a TV special. In 2019 we are going to do more. We have pledged all of our “Do Good” funds - thousands of dollars - to go to causes that support or service mental health in rural America. Additionally, we are going to continue to share your stories because in those stories lies power. By hearing someone else open up, we might be able to open ourselves up. It takes the stigma away. It helps the healing begin.
Showing the world who you are and what you love is part of being a FarmHer. We love wearing the merchandise to spread the FarmHer message and we love sharing that with you. Starting in 2019, all orders from the FarmHer Market over $100 will automatically receive free shipping. We’ve got some fun new items in the works, so stay tuned...
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These are just a few of the exciting things on the horizon as we head into 2019. Thank you for being a part of this journey. It means the world to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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