Just your average Illinois farm-kid trying to make it as a successful farm-adult.

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Women in Ag: When Family Visits the Farm

I come from a family of farmers, but my husband does not. So, when his family comes to visit, the farm is like an amusement park full of things they’ve never seen before! On their latest visit, some of my husband's younger sibilings spent their days riding in the tractor, feeding cows, riding the UTV, and learning how to catch a chicken. My favorite quote from their visit is from his sister, Sarah: “I’m going to catch a chicken before I leave. I’m determined!”

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Women in Ag: The Newest FarmHer

On January 8, we welcomed the newest Woman in Ag into the world! Readers, meet Violet. She is 2 months old now and has been keeping me very busy. (I’m actually rocking her as I write this!) She enjoys mornings, ceiling fans, and thinks our dog is pretty silly.

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Women in Ag: Improvising

I love to cook and, dare I say, I’ve become pretty darned good at it. Baking, however, is a completely different story. Some people don’t understand; they think cooking and baking are the same thing. Let me set the record straight: They are two very different beasts!

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Women in Ag: Breaking Out the Plows and Boot Driers

The first major snowfall of the year came and went this weekend in northern Illinois. We got an impressive 10 inches after all was said and done, but I’m actually not complaining. While it is certainly cold outside and 10 inches is a lot of snow, the weather isn’t nasty. There’s a big difference between a calm (albeit heavy) snowfall and a blizzard with blustering winds and ice.

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Women in Ag: Winter Brings New Beginnings

As the last few leaves stubbornly cling to the tree branches and we desperately cling to our short-sleeved shirts and light jackets, Mother Nature is moving right along and sending us straight into the winter season. Temps are dropping, sunny days are becoming few and far between, and snowflakes are appearing in the 10-day forecast. Winter comes every year, but somehow we are never ready for it. 

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Women in Ag: Homegrown Meals

The best part about freezing garden vegetables all summer long is having homegrown meals year-round! By mid-September, I’m usually cursing all of the chopping, prepping, and freezing going on with our garden yeilds, but I sure am glad to have them ready in the winter months!

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Women in Ag: Meal Prep for Winter

I don’t know about you, but I get nervous when our freezer isn’t full. We have one freezer for meat that usually holds a quarter or two of beef and another freezer for other frozen foods. Stocking the freezer is a top priority during the summer and fall months when we have an abundance of garden vegatables, and a trip to the grocery store doesn’t include scraping ice off the windshield or trying to navigate snowy roads. 

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