I don’t think I can really claim the “farmer” title – that one goes to my husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law. And I can’t even really claim to be a true “farm girl,” as that goes to my mother-in-law and my daughter. I guess I’m not sure what my title is, having transitioned from townie to farm wife 19 years ago. But I know why we farm, and it’s because we couldn’t imagine life without it.
It’s what we know and who we are and it dates back many generations. My husband was born knowing he was going to be a farmer and as soon as I met him, I knew I was going to be a farmer’s wife. It hasn’t always been an easy transition (and to be honest, after 19 years I’m still not sure I have completely transitioned sometimes!). But life is an adventure to be lived right here where I was planted.
WE SEE OUR HERITAGE EVERY DAY
Heritage Family Farms in east central Illinois is a fifth-generation farm made up of my husband and me, along with some of my husband’s family – his parents and brother and sister-in-law. Our No. 1 priority is heritage, as our name implies. Raising corn, soybeans, and some show pigs for fun, we want our kids to know and appreciate agriculture just as their ancestors did right here on this black dirt. That means stewardship must be a top priority with all of our resources, from land to time to capital. The heart of our business is taking care of the soil that takes care of us.
I’M A LOT LIKE YOU
I’m a wife and a mom just like some of you – I just happened to marry a farmer. Now we get to raise our kids on the farm where they live and breathe farm life day to day. Have questions about how your food is grown and raised? Just ask – I’d love to share my townie-turned-farmwife perspective on it.