Women in Ag: Getting it done this fall
Fall is a busy time for farmers everywhere, and the Women in Ag bloggers are no exception! Here's what they've been up to this week:
Harvesting with Hoot
Brenda Frketich, a third-generation, full-time farmer in Oregon, and her family harvested five crops this summer: freezer peas, crimson clover, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and wheat. Their hazelnut crop will be harvested this fall. Oh, and she also had a baby. Little Hoot Hammond Frketich (pictured above) is already an old hand in the combine.
"From our crop alone, we harvested enough peas to fill 350,000 bags that will go into freezers everywhere," Frketich says."The wheat we harvested, if not going for seed, could make enough bread for more than 7 million peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."
What's that school bus carrying?
"Lately I have been noticing school buses on farms and I've been surprised how many different ways they are used," writes Heather Lifsey Barnes, a Women in Ag blogger from North Carolina. "I probably shouldn't be. Farmers are some of the most industrious people I've ever met in taking one piece of equipment and adapting it for another purpose."
She has snapped several photos of revamped buses doing everything from toting watermelons to market, to hauling workers and water tanks to the field. Click on her blog entry below to see her photos and get some ideas for your own school bus renovation!
Distrust in our food system: How did we get here?
Jennifer Dewey Rohrich, a California girl now living the farm life in North Dakota, is often frustrated with the new wave of marketing that encourages consumers to distrust our food system. "The public is buying into and believing celebrities over the people who grow and produce our food," she says.
In her latest blog entry, Rohrich takes a look at the history of the American food system and shares her ideas for how farmers can help regain the public's trust.
Biosecurity on the farm should be common sense
Lara Durben, who works for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and several other poultry and egg groups, recently had an eye-opening conversation with a non-farm neighbor. He had always assumed turkeys raised in confinement were less healthy than free-range birds. "When I explained that turkeys can catch germs and disease from critters, bugs, waterfowl, and even humans, my neighbor was pretty surprised," she says.
Durben explains the basics of biosecurity, which were new to her non-farming neighbor, but are also a good reminder to those of us in agriculture.