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July — Mom, farmer, blogger

Posted July 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

Almost two years ago I considered starting a blog where I’d share recipes and bits of family life. The idea was to have some sort of a digital scrapbook for my children to look at when they got older, and a place to preserve my contest winning and family heirloom recipes. Food & Swine was born in late 2013 and while it was going to primarily be a food and recipe blog, the experiences of my family’s life on our farm appeared in every post. I never want to forget things about being on the farm, like the way the sun sets over the barns or the way soybeans charge from the auger when they are being unloaded off of the combine my Dad is driving onto my grain cart. I try to capture the small moments of our lives that mean the most. Farming, food and family are the crossroads of my life. Being in the kitchen is where I am happiest, surrounded by my family.

My blog happened to be an opportunity to share the little things about farming that are so important to me, yet many of my friends and acquaintances knew little about. Farming is still in the hearts of so many people who don’t actively farm or are generations removed from their family farm. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed connecting with these people and learning of their heritage and history of farming and the family recipes that mean the most to them.

I learned of the Iowa Food & Family Project and immediately knew I wanted to join in the conversation between farmers and consumers. In the climate we are in with sensational media headlines and labeling, it was important to me, as a Mom,to join in. As farmers, our focus is to leave a legacy to our children. Producing more food using less resources is always top of mind, and sharing that information is important to our family. To be successful, we must leave the land better than we found it, year after year.

At the end of the day, I’m a mother of two and a wife. The most important thing I do all day is provide meals to nourish my family.  The food I purchase at the grocery store is the same food we produce on our farm. It is pretty exciting to me to be able to share the love we put into the work we do on a daily basis. Not every day is the best day, but as farmers and just like everyone else, we strive to improve every day and that is something we are proud of. The grit and hard work of the farm families I know keeps me motivated to share the message of today’s farms and food system. 

One of the most rewarding experiences of my journey with the Iowa Food & ...

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