My Farmer and I farm in North Central Iowa (where the land is flat and the dirt is black) where we raise, as my blog title shares - corn, (soy)beans, pigs and kids. We primarily rent fields from landlords that we rotate corn and soybeans on from year to year and we own two hog barns that we raise pigs in for my Father-in-law. Speaking of my Father-in-law, he is an important part to our family farm. We share equipment and labor with him when it comes to our cropland and pigs. Our partnership really has helped My Farmer and I get started and establish ourselves in farming.
|My Father-in-law, LP and My Farmer |
counting a new group of pigs as they enter the barn
The truth is our family is not the only ones who have made farming a family tradition. In the United States 98% of all farms are family-owned. So why do families make farming their heritage? Farmers pride themselves on putting food on the table and preserving the land. Through these goals, generations have learned a powerful work ethic and respect. Because of this, the next generation feels a purpose to engage in farming and continue their family’s farming legacy. Both my husband and I have always wanted to farm since we were little kids. We are both so proud of farming today and feel fortunate to be doing so. I can already see this sense of purpose to farm with our 3 year old son LP and 16 month old daughter MP. They love helping on the farm!
|MP, My Farmer, LP and me - continuing our family's farming legacy|
(This post is a part of a 31 Days from a Tractor Seat series. The best way to keep up with this series is to follow via email on the right sidebar of this post and by liking the Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids Facebook page.)