A Mental Health Focus in Trying Times

A Mental Health Focus in Trying Times

May 29, 2020

In times like today, in the midst of a pandemic, it is impossible to remove all stress.  The focus must be on coping with stress and recognizing in yourself or others, when it is time to ask for help.

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A Different Type of Livestock

A Different Type of Livestock

May 15, 2020

All in all, no matter what type of animal, no matter what the barn looked like, no matter what they were eating, the animals and livestock at the zoo are no different than any farm animal around.  The women caring for them are no different either.  They care deeply about the animals at the zoo and only want the best for them when it comes to health, safety and sustainability of their species.  Here’s to the ZooKeepHers!

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A Fish Farming FarmHer

A Fish Farming FarmHer

May 07, 2020 1 Comment

Beaverkill Trout Hatchery FarmHer, Sherry Shaver are one of a kind.  The Hatchery is nestled in a valley of the Catskill Mountains of New York and is the largest and oldest private trout hatchery in the State.  Sherry is a fourth-generation farmer and the first woman to run the business. 

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Who Are the Food Heroes That You Never See?

Who Are the Food Heroes That You Never See?

May 06, 2020 1 Comment

They are the workers caring for the poultry, picking eggs, milking cattle, or caring for newborn pigs.  They are the people picking fruit off the tree or working in the line at a meatpacking plant. These are the essential workers who we rarely have a glimpse at, but who are some of the most essential in making sure we all get food on our plate each and every day and never in modern times has it ever been more clear just how essential they really are.

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Never Givin' Up

Never Givin' Up

April 30, 2020

Tammy Wiedenbeck is a FarmHer that doesn’t give up.  Born into a Wisconsin farm family that goes back seven generations to 1836, Tammy’s roots run deep in agriculture.  From the row crops they grow to the cattle they raise and now the next generation joining the family on the farm, Tammy’s love runs deep.

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From Farm to Flower

From Farm to Flower

April 30, 2020

From the minute I pulled into the long tree-lined drive of Osamequin Farm I could feel the calm.  The farm sits just outside of the city and is really a breath of fresh air as is the FarmHer who runs the non-profit farm. 

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Yakkity Yak

Yakkity Yak

April 23, 2020

My visit to a Minnesota Yak farm was a day to remember.  From the FarmHer who is the steward of the land she lives on, and the care and concern she puts into the herd of Yak, to the calm and inquisitive creatures that I met out on the green pasture, there was a serene feeling all around Clear Spring Farms.  Then, to a brief visit to Jericho, who is a really special animal, this is one road that was worth the trip down!

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Dream Chasing in a Field of Fruit

Dream Chasing in a Field of Fruit

April 17, 2020 1 Comment

I always love getting to see and experience family operations. While these sisters are the first to say, it’s not always easy, they are chasing after their dreams while getting to connect their community to agriculture, which is a WIN-WIN in the Backyard Orchards book!

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Help Make Sure Everybody Eats

The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Help Make Sure Everybody Eats

April 14, 2020

Everybody needs to eat and all food starts at the farm. To continue my look at the ways that food makes it to our plates, Marji talks with Michelle Book, President, and CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa. Michelle is the woman leading the organization that feeding the growing number of food-insecure people during the pandemic.

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Read Books and Get Your Hands Dirty

Read Books and Get Your Hands Dirty

April 09, 2020 2 Comments

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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