MN Farm Bureau

Gotta Get Down on Friday…With Folding Laundry

Rebecca Black has ruined any other catchy “TGIF” phrase out there for Fridays. Any time I try to think of something, that song starts playing in my head. Make it stop. Please.

This week has been absolutely crazy. Mark is now in week #2 of his new position working with farmers on precision agriculture and soil sampling, and it involved a quick trip 5 hours south of us this week.  This left Harper and I on our own for a few days. We survived, although I’m pretty sure my supper one night involved a few handfuls of cheddar popcorn and a Reese’s pumpkin. It felt a bit like late night studying for finals back in college.

Monday, I moderated the Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet that was held at South Central College. I always walk away from these meets with new perspectives on issues in agriculture, but also with confidence about the future of agriculture because if students just like those that competed continue to work with such passion about what they do, agriculture will only  continue to improve and grow.

Congratulations to all who participated!

Congratulations to all who participated!

I also served on a committee for program review from the student perspective this week. Mark and I are “continued education” learners in agriculture through the Farm Business Management program. The program and education we have received, has been extremely beneficial to the success of our farm. I honestly don’t think we would be where we are with our honey bees if it wasn’t for the program really helping us figure out a business plan and getting our funding in order.

Yesterday, I was up at the state Farm Bureau office with the state resolutions committee, looking over the resolutions counties had submitted to be voted on at our annual meeting. Last year was my first year doing it, I had never done it before, so I try hard to learn more about the process. I’m sure sometimes they think I’m asking a stupid question, but it is a big learning opportunity, and I want to make sure I’m not missing something when I’m serving on the committee. I find myself often prefacing with “This may be a dumb question, or I just need some clarification…” so thanks to all those that are willing to teach the younger farmers moving in to some of these positions! Our policy team in MN does a fantastic job, and I am so thankful they are willing to help clarify the issues and shed light when needed.

Working on sorting through the county resolutions.

Working on sorting through the county resolutions.

So tonight, will involve catching up on laundry…so much laundry. Who knew one baby could produce more laundry than her mom and dad combined? Netflix and laundry should be the new phrase if you ask me!

Harper had her 6 month photos in October, and since we got them back this week, I figured I’d share one of them with you!

Harper - 6 months

Harper – 6 months

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy your weekend. We are finishing up our final class of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class this weekend, and getting some projects done around the house. It is also deer opener here in Minnesota. I won’t be going out this year, for the first time in a long time, but I am wishing everyone else a successful hunt and sending prayers for safety.

-Sara

 

 

 

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Speak for Yourself: Farmers telling the Real Story

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The photo taken above was  in 2011 around the middle of March. Mark and I were just engaged back then and I had sweet talked him into taking part of a new initiative called Speak for Yourself through the MN Farm Bureau. He isn’t really a public speaker type, but because I wanted to do it, he lovingly sacrificed himself ;) Little did he know, 2 years and a new laptop later, we’d still be doing it.

The Speak for Yourself program connects farmers with civic groups such as rotary clubs, advisory boards, lions clubs, etc. to speak about farming today and what it all entails. We’ve done about 5 presentations now which doesn’t seem like a huge number, but when you work full-time, go to school full-time, and then farm as well, finding time to even do the dishes can be a struggle!

We just got finished doing a presentation for the Minneapolis University Rotary Club today. I was personally nervous for this one as I was figuring we would get some questions on organics, GMO’s, Tiling, etc. The audience was GREAT. They asked a ton of questions, were open to what we were telling them ,and in fact were doing research on a lot of the issues for themselves. Most of them stated they were finding out that as whole, farmers are doing a great job! I loved to hear this. I worry about whether consumers think food is safe, if they think we aren’t doing enough for the land,   or maybe they just wonder why we tile our fields at all. I want to answer all those questions honestly and accurately and be able to teach everyone that I care deeply about the land. I feel like I pour my blood, sweat and tears into that land and it’s definitely got a hold of me. I just hope I can convey how much it means to me at the end of the day to be able to farm it like my ancestors did.

The book donated to the Jeremiah Program in honor of us speaking today for the Minneapolis University Rotary Club

The book donated to the Jeremiah Program in honor of us speaking today for the Minneapolis University Rotary Club

The best part was at the end of today, the rotary club had a children’s book that we got to sign and then they donated it in our honor to the Jeremiah Program. How cool is that? That definitely made my whole day.

Mark tells me often he isn’t the public speaker that I am, but I’m glad I get him out there in front of these groups. He has a wealth of knowledge to share and farming means more to him than I can explain. He pretends to not like it, but secretly he does. I think he’s glad I forced him to sit through 3 days of training so we can represent Speak for Yourself.

-Sara