Friday, June 15, 2018

What it means to be a Farm Mom

Last month I was honored to receive a phone call from the America's Farmers program to say that I had been nominated and selected as one of this year's National Farm Moms of the Year and today I can finally share it with all of you!

America's Farmers Mom of the Year - What it means to be a Farm Mom

So what does it mean to be a Farm Mom?  I think a Farm Mom is a woman who is not only caring for her family, but also for the land, her livestock and her community.


I feel so blessed to be a Mom of four.  Raising our son and daughters on a working farm is a dream of both my husband's and mine.  Since both of us are active with the day to day operations of the farm, our children get enriched in the livelihood too.  They get to see the life cycle of a seed, to a plant, to a crop, to livestock feed, to food on our table.  They know what a hard day of work is and what responsibility means.  They know the feeling of wide open spaces and the freedom of being on the farm.

America's Farmers Mom of the Year - What it means to be a Farm Mom
Helping Mr. K and Miss A with their bottle lamb projects
Being a Farm Mom also means that you aren't afraid of getting a little dirty.  No matter if you are in charge of daily livestock chores, drive a tractor, or even are called upon to hold open a gate, Farm Moms are a partner on their family's farm.  My favorite time of the year on the farm is harvest.  I love helping bringing in the crop, working as a family, and of course driving a tractor.

America's Farmers Mom of the Year - What it means to be a Farm Mom
A few extra helpers in the tractor cab
Besides being involved on the farm, a Farm Mom is also involved with her community.  I am so proud of where I live and one way I give back is by being active with my church, Farm Bureau, 4-H, Tall Corn FFA Advisory Committee, CommonGround, #RealPigFarming Social Forces, Make-A-Wish, North Iowa Bloggers, Latimer Little Free Library and this year I added coaching tball. 😊  With the award, I got to choose an organization to donate $1,000 to through the program and I selected the Tall Corn FFA's Greenhouse, this month's Comments for a Cause recipient.  With some changes happening with our school, our FFA is in need of a new greenhouse, and I'm excited to be able to help them out.  You can learn more about the project here.

Congratulations to all of the other Farm Moms that were selected, nominated, and to all of the other women out there working hard each day for their family, farm and community.

What does being a Farm Mom mean to you?  Remember to Comment for a Cause and help me add to my Farm Mom donation this month for the Tall Corn FFA Greenhouse!

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