Tuesday, 30 August 2016

FARM GIRL survival tips

We know being a farm girl is the best, but it can also be a challenge. Whether you are new to farming or a lifelong farmer it can be tough to juggle it all and be successful. There are times when you might feel like the only women farmer in the wolds but you aren't alone. 
Here are our best FARM GIRL survival tips!!

Find a seasonal farmer who can help you as a mentor. The farmers who know have tips, common farm sense and advice.

Accept that some years are better than others. Even if you do everything right, things will go wrong. Don't be too hard on yourself. Farmers have to be optimistic and resilient. 

Find a good group of friends as a support system and use them as a sounding board.

Be patient with yourself.

If you work off the farm as well, it may be tough to balance your career, relationship, parenting, etc with the farm. You have to be ok with that. Prioritise. 

Know your limits. Don't feel bad about asking questions, especially if something is new to you.

Whether it's a dealership, the feed store, the extension office or just asking your neighbour, it's good to have resources! 

Jump in head first. There's no better way to learn than to do it!

When all else fails, Google it!

Don't let you ego get in the way. You won't be good at everything from the start.

Fix your barn cat so you don't end up with barn cats.

Learn Crock Pot recipes and freezer recipes and use them!

Watch and listen closely 

Be a part of the community

Be ready for some hard work and long days!

Old equipment may not be the fanciest but it is significantly cheaper. Theres no shame in being smart with your investments.

Keep your faith, remember your dreams. Be thankful. 

Always, always, always close the gate.

Don't take constructive criticism personally.

Get a shared calendar. Understand that the farm almost comes first.

Get duct tape and bailing wire and never leave home without it. 

Don't feel bad when you realise how many four letter words are in your vocabulary.

If you have a tough day, let it go. If you have a great day, give yourself the credit you deserve. 

Take it a little at a time.

Learn something new every day. Teach someone something every day.

If it rains, enjoy the rare quiet.

Have a plan B and maybe C.

When estimating a project or a job, double the time and money you think it will take.

You will lose crops. You will lose animals. You will have bad days but being a farmer is the best.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Farm Safely for Planting Season

As many of you know, farmers are busy preparing their fields for planting. As planting season gets in full swing, it's important to remember farm safely. Agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation and has been compared to working at a construction site. Every year, hundreds of people are injured or killed in farm related accidents. With so much activity on the farm, there are variety of hazards for farmers to consider. Here are some tips on staying site planting season and beyond. 

First off, if you have children you like to help on the farm, there are some important things to consider: 

Consider the child's age, ability, training and supervision. Be realistic about what your child's abilities are in helping. For example, a 4 year old cannot help out like a 15 year old can. It's also important to train any children on anything they can help with, just as you would with a hired employee. Be a role model for your kids by training them well and following the rules yourself. Finally, be sure to check on your children often and supervise as you see fit. 

Secondly, it's also important to remember that communication is key on a farm. While having a cell phone is helpful, there are many other precautions you can take to stay safe:

Always keep emergency numbers near every phone, in every farm building and in any vehicles.

Always carry a cell phone or Walkie Talkie, whether you are going to be out on the farm all day or just running out for a minute. 

Have at least one person trained and certified in basic first aid skills CPR on site at all times.

Have a first aid kit and emergency preparedness kit on hand with items such as a flashlight, and battery-powered radio. Always keep extra batteries around just in case. 

Keep fire extinguishers should be in each building. 

Be sure to wear proper protective equipment at all times. This includes steel toe boots, respirators, gloves, helmets, hats, sunblock, etc.

Finally, make smart decisions. If you are tired or have trouble concentrating, do not operate equipment. Eat well, stay hydrated and get a sufficient amount of sleep!! 

For more information on Planting Seasons safely, visit HSE Farm Safetly 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Top 10 reasons to try Canning

Canning is a great hobby and you are rewarded with yummy goodies when you are finished. But it also takes planning and work. So why should you try canning if you haven't already? Here are the top 10 reasons to join the canning crowd.
Canning is a great hobby and you are rewarded with yummy goodies when you are finished. But it also takes planning and work. So why should you try canning if you haven't already? Here are the top 10 reasons to join the canning crowd.
It's a great way to bond with family. Whether you are helping your grandma or mom in the kitchen or passing down your own information to your kids, you can share family recipes and special memories together.
It's more fun with a team. You can do it on your own, but it's more fun and easier when you are canning with a friend. It's a fun way to enjoy a day of making jam or applesauce or pickles with a friend and it's easier with a helping hand.
It's a great stress reliever that's productive. Many people enjoy the process of canning. It takes a couple of steps and you have to pay attention. It can take your mind off of stress in your life.
Canning is a great way to share your talents with friends and family. Whether you are giving your goodies as gifts or just sharing some garden treats with the neighbors, it's a wonderful way to share.
When you can from your own garden, you know where your food is coming from and you control the quality!
Canning makes for quicker, easier meals. When you stockpile vegetables and even meat, it comes in handy for quick meals when you are in a hurry.
Jams and jellies make perfect birthday and Christmas gifts! It's something you put your heart into and it's much better (and more delicious) than a store bought gift.
You don't waste as much food! Sometimes eating everything in the garden can be a challenge when you have a good year - so this helps cut down on waste!
You can save a lot of money by making your own jam, salsa, pickles, etc.
You get to enjoy your favorite foods all year long - from pickles to tomatoes! Those fresh veggies help get you through the winter days!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Farm Girl at Heart!

Being a farm girl is more than just living on a farm. It's in your blood, it's in your bones and it's in your heart. Being a farm girl is a way of life and a beautiful one. It's not a hobby, it's a passion. Here are a few ways you know you are a farm girl at heart...

If you take care of your animals like they are family.

If you never leave home without your boots.

If you drive a pickup. 

If being outside keeps you sane.

If you know the value of hard work.

If tradition and legacy mean everything of you. 

If you never leave home without a pocket knife.

If your crock pot is your best friend when cooking for a crowd.

If the most important thing you pass down to your kids is the importance of farming.

If a little snow or ice doesn't stop you from getting out on the farm.

If you love the sound of tractors.

If you prefer a man in jeans and boots!

If you love the smell of spring planting and fresh dirt.

If you know where your food comes from cause you planted it and grew it yourself!

If you aren't of a little mud.

If you can't imagine another life.

Did we miss anything? Share in the comments!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Farmers Wanted!!

If you are a farmer and you are interested in being spotlighted on the website, send us an email for more information. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

10 Reasons to Visit your Farmers Market

I always support my local farmers market and road side stands. I have alway been grateful for farmers markets. They have given me fresh produce when I didnt have the time and space to plant my own garden. During my youth, the farmers market was a source of income (and entertainment) for my family.

Those of us that grew up going to the farmers market with their parents to sell produce know this a serious source of income for many farm families. We were fortunate in that our customers were friendly and loyal! They seemed to appreciate the fruits (or veggie) of our labor. Hard working families like mine, who are living off the land.

Greg Peterson, from the Peterson Farm Brothers, said it best "The absolute overwhelming majority of farmers in this world are real, wholesome, good-natured farm families who are "just trying to feed enough." The farmers market is a great place to meet these families.

We asked and you answered.
Why visit your local farmers market this weekend?

It feels good to support local agriculture and growers!

It is always better quality as it is always fresh.

The food is grown in UK!
They do the work for you!
I bring home homemade jam. Yum!
It's great to have such a wonderful variety of vegetables, fruits, plants and baked items.
I love the spirit and enthusiasm of the growers. They recognize us as repeat customers and it's great to get genuine customer service.
The atmosphere is unique and fun.
I like to take my kids. I want them to know their food is grown by farmers and not made in the back of the grocery store.
Because it's too darn hot for my tomatoes and I need to satisfy a craving!