A recent farm accident in our community struck close to home this last month. The sadness that fills me when I think of it and all involved is overwhelming…The realization that my husband is often in similar shoes, doing just as risky an activity, just as far away from medical help, is a jolt to one’s heart and mind…Read More
There is a frequently used piece of advice that is given between generations of women and FarmHer to FarmHer that just rubs me the wrong way every time I hear it. This piece of advice is this: “Don’t learn a new skill on the farm unless you want to do it for the rest of your life!” Now if you’ve said that, I still love you and think you’re awesome, but I want to share with you why it bugs me!Read More
For those of you who know my story, you know that I was raised in Mount Shasta California, attended college in San Jose California and then moved to Montana to complete 2, 3 month internships and never left! So, yes I was born and raised in California, but that state doesn’t feel like home anymore and has only a part in defining where I’m from.
But, Where am I from?Read More
This a live video that I did on The Rural Sisterhood Facebook page where I share what I put into the totes we keep in our equipment. From snacks to paper towels, it’s all here!Read More
Mud has a way of testing your stamina, your ability to handle stress, your patience, and your will to keep going. Monday, Odin and I spent time together on a variety of projects with minimal results and only two jobs completed to show for all our hard labor.Read More
The break in our super cold and snowy weather has finally arrived!
As I turn my pick-up towards home, the bright blue sky rolls out in front of me, the sun gleams off of the windshield, George Strait and Garth Brooks serenade me as I drive.
A friend mentioned that she wanted to learn to tie her wild rag this way, so I thought I’d make a video for her and you too! Enjoy!Read More
Each new milestone is stretching me. I might stretch, kicking and screaming, but I’m stretching and learning. This last rain storm, although desired greatly and so much gratitude offered for it, brought added challenges to my life. A trusty 4 wheeler was not so trustworthy. My last option pickup died. The fields and pastures were so saturated I couldn’t get in without the 4 wheeler, which left me on foot chasing cows in the pouring rain.Read More
It’s 12:30 AM and my hubby just left to go check cows. It snowed again tonight which increases the likelihood of cold calves and losing ears. I have our entryway prepped. I have the storm door propped open so he only has to get through one door with a calf. I’ve got an old sheet out on the floor to try to keep the mess to a minimum.Read More
Cattle lowing, are you listening?
In the pasture, pies are steamin’,
A beautiful sight, Their chewing cud tonight,
Loading in a winter wonderland.Read More
On my side of the state of Montana, the brown of dying and extreme drought stricken fields extends from the header of my swather, past the occasional green weed and even more rare evergreen tree, to the horizon. The brown is then exchanged for grey from the remnants of a multitude of fires here in our state and across Canada.Read More
By this time of year I've usually taken lots and lots of pictures. I've taken the typical pictures of my farmer in the field checking whether or not the heads of wheat are filling or how many peas are in the pods of our pea crop; Pictures of my girls with wild hair and huge grins in a field that caught my eye with its beauty;Read More
It is so easy to get caught up in wishing and comparison. “I wish our lives had more structure and consistency. I could actually accomplish something or at least then I could look like I have it all together.” As I lay aside my “at home” plans, for “in the field” or “parts run” plans.Read More
We waited with anticipation on the semi hauling the cows. This is one of my most favorite days of the year! It was a glorious, warm spring day! White fluffy Cotton-like clouds dotted the bright blue sky. It couldn't have been a more perfect day! Finally, the semi began its descent down the hill into the river bottom! So much preparation had already been done.Read More
Farm to table, soil to skillet, fence line to fork, gate to plate – no matter what you call it, events and restaurants featuring locally grown products are springing up across the country. Consumers are voicing their desire to better understand where their food comes from and eateries catering to this are showing up in large cities and small-town settings alike.Read More
The other day I was told I looked like a farmer. Which is ironic because that day had highs and lows that definitely resembled farming as a whole. It started like any other day, errands, running to and from preschool, library, extension office, and grocery store. Busy, but doable without being late anywhere (one of my pet peeves). Then the extra things got added on. Good things; necessities; things offered by generous neighbors.Read More
"I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it." John SteinbeckRead More
This time of year checking fences becomes a priority - to find the damage done by winter weather and get pastures ready to house cows and their calves for the summer. For me fixing fence is a great substitute for meditation or therapy. There is something relaxing and freeing about this chore, alone on the prairie with just your thoughts and the wind.Read More
This month I had the privilege of interviewing Tana! She is a farmer/rancher in north eastern Montana! One of the things that stood out to me during our interview is how much Tana loves and appreciates her husband. Yes, they have their struggles too, but I could tell how much emphasis they have both placed on their relationship! I hope as you read Tana's story, that you are inspired too!Read More
I have had the privilege to get to know Bonnie through The Rural Sisters' Community! She is one amazing lady. She is driven, loyal, a lifelong learner and has the heart of an entrepreneur! I know you'll be inspired by her story just like I have been. Thank you Bonnie, for sharing your story with me and allowing me to share it here!Read More