The Real Farmwives of America and Friends offers a glimpse inside the world of growing up and living on the family farm. These women are farm girls, farmwives, moms, daughters, and aunts that either live on the farm, grew up on the farm or work with farmers everyday. Most importantly they are friends that have the bond of the farm among other things. Follow along with their blogs as they tell you about their hectic yet amazing lives on the farm. From turkey farmers to pig farmers to grain farmers, they can tell you about it all and answer any questions you might have about the food you eat.
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Heather, the sweet tea addicted, full-time working soccer mom of 3, blogs over at 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs: Welcome to my pig pen. Although Heather works full-time off the farm, her passion is the family farm. Heather and The Farmer have been married for 10 years and raise corn, soybeans, and pigs with their 3 kids, Big Sissy, Bubby, and Little Sissy, and The Farmer’s parents. Although spare time is hard to find, Heather loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, sewing, crafting, and taking pictures.
Facebook: 3 kids and lots of pigs
Amy, the music-lovin’, sweet tea drinkin’, stay-home mommy of 3 blogs over at Two Maids a Milking with her sister-in-law, Liz. Although Amy’s priority is at home with her little ones, her passion is the 6th generation family dairy farm. Amy works to promote the farm and offer educational tours to thousands of visitors annually. Amy and her hub have been married for almost 11 years and love being on the family dairy farm with their 3 kids, Miss Bug, the Wild One and the Little Man. Amy also enjoys sunshine, laughing, traveling and doing anything outside!
Liz is the Diet Dr Pepper chugging, cake baking, co-author of Two Maids a Milking with fellow family out-law, Amy. Liz is a newlywed 20 something navigating the world of friend’s bridal and baby showers. She works off the farm but enjoys feeding baby calves with her full-time farming hubby on weekends.
Twitter: @KelsayFarms @LizKelsay
FB: Kelsay Farm Tours
Jane is a kid-wrangling, scrapbook loving, rodeo-running, on-the-go, Mac-addict working momma of three who depends on chocolate and caffeine to make it through the day. She lives on the north central Ohio farm where she grew up, and her family owns and operates a rodeo stock contracting business raising bucking horses and bulls. Jane keeps busy trying to manage her public relations job and educational outreach programs, her three adorable rodeo-loving cowkids, a husband, pain-in-the-rear dog, horses and an ever-expanding flock of sheep. Stop by and pull up a seat and grab a glimpse of life in the saddle with a working mama of three little cowpokes in training.
Meggie is a fun-loving, story-telling, Dt. Mt Dew drinking, Mary Kay wearin' mom of one sweet baby RayRay who blogs about life on the farm over at Hoosier Farm Babe Tell Tails.
Meggie keeps very busy as a full-time workin', new mom and wife to her hubby of five years - Big D. Together Big D and Meggie own and operate a hog and grain farm in central Indiana. While being a new mom is certainly a full-time job in itself, Meggie works off the farm at an agricultural newspaper, where she focuses on livestock issues such as animal welfare and bioenergy. Born and raised on a little dairy farm in Ohio, she has a home-grown passion for agriculture, particularly big brown-eyed Jersey cows. And well horses, shopping and Mary Kay cosmetics rank pretty high too! While living on a farm may not seem so glamourous, first-time momma Meggie does her best to put the fabulous in farming.
Ott, A the gardner, canner, baker over at a Latte' with Ott, A. A frequent customer at Starbucks, this farm girl fasionista is just as comfortable back home on the family livestock and grain farm wearing work boots as she is wearing stilettos in a trendy store in downtown Indianapolis. She spends her time shopping, scrapbooking, decorating, collecting Longaberger baskets, wine tasting and hanging out with family and friends. Professionally she is the Director of Operations and Grants for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and is author of the Ag Grant Guru blog. Married to her best friend and a fellow Boilermaker, (affectionately called Ott, E in this blog) the two spend their time together traveling and cheering for the Boilers.
Denise (aka BigD) is a married, working mother of two. Her blog, Who Is the Grown Up?, began as a joint project between BigD and her 12 year-old daughter, LittleD, to chronicle their journey into the Teenage Years. While LittleD can hardly find time to post, after homework, chores, drama club, etc., BigD continues to blog as she tries to hold together a house full of raging hormones.
Denise’s connection to agriculture runs deep, having grown up on a farm. Those fond memories of a childhood on the farm is the reason the family lives outside of town on a little plot of land. LittleD and little sister BabyD get to experience many of the joys of farm life via 4H, their friends and neighbors, along with the field outback on which a neighbor raises corn or soybeans each year.
Cris, the FREEZE-O-RAMA mama, blogs over at GOODEness Gracious: Cooking Up All Kinds of GOODe Things with a Side of Life! Professionally, Cris is a freelance writer, consultant and facilitator for various organizations, publications and companies. Personally, Cris enjoys photography, cooking, crafting and then blogging every minute of it! She has been married to her college sweetheart, Mike, for 13 years and they along with their 3 1/2 year-old, Miss Add, are living the GOODe life in the hills of Indiana.
Marybeth is a large animal veterinarian, cow farmer, not-a-morning-person. Fighting the good fight to stay in a warm bed in the morning, she blogs at Alarm Clock Wars. Marybeth grew up in suburban New Jersey, and first came to Indiana for a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University. She met a handsome southern Indiana farmer at Purdue, and, as they say, the rest is history! She married her farmer in 2009, and lives on a cattle farm where they raise registered Angus. In addition to being a farmwife (a title she never thought she’d have!) she’s trying to figure out what to do after being a professional student her entire adult life.Blog: http://alarmclockwars.blogspot.com/
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Leah is the caffeine addicted author of Beyer Beware: A Mother Running on Empty blog. She is a promoter of meat and lover of Jesus. Leah grew up on a small, and by small I mean less than 20 cows, dairy in the midwest. She married a farmer in a whirl wind romance after to moving to Indiana. As a working mom of two, she is constantly trying to stay sane. Leah channels stress by cooking. She then is stressed out from all the mess she created. That’s why God gave us wine and beer.
Nancy comes from a dairy farming family in Northern California. Their farm sits just 30 miles north of San Francisco where Nancy’s husband, Dominic is a 4th generation dairyman. From the time Dominic was five years old, he knew he wanted to continue on with his family’s legacy of dairy farming. After graduating college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he came back to the family farm and began running the dairy side by side, with his father. The dairy farm consists of 200+ Holstein milking cows.
Nancy, being a dairy mom, raising their two kids, Bryce, 6 and Paige, 4, feels fortunate the kids will have the experience growing up as dairy kids. Nancy believes life on a dairy creates many opportunities. Both of the kids help with the calf feeding and Paige, helps Nancy to halter break some of the dairy calves, which they do for ‘fun’ and for the handling experience. Nancy is hopeful, that by her kids growing up on a dairy farm, they’ll learn life long skills, responsibility and establish a healthy work ethic for the future, in whatever they choose to do.
Nancy spends her time driving her kids to and from preschool and the one-room school house they attend, where she also enjoys volunteering her time as well. She is also a 4-H cooking leader who loves to cook and teach using ‘real’ food.
You can follow along with the story of Nancy’s family life on her blog, ‘The Wife of a Dairyman’.