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My Daddy

Dad. Father. Papa. The one who holds the family together. Patriarch. Leader. Bear hugger. Most memorable laugher. Teacher of life lessons. The one who taught me to drive. Passion instiller. Farmer. Daddy. 

Dads are one of the most important people in our lives. My Dad meant so much to me. He was the reason I am who I am today. I remember from a young age farming with my dad. Driving around with him checking fields. I even had a small table in his office at the farm that I pretended to work just like him. He taught me so much about agriculture. He is the reason I love agriculture and farming. He gave me my passion for agriculture. He was so proud that my sister and I wanted to be involved in agriculture too. But he hated that I went to school so far away. And even though I didn’t come home to farm with him as planned, I married an almond farmer who he loved as his own son. 


It pains me to write about my Dad in past tense. There will be no more memories and future planning with my Dad. My…

When Three Ag Girls Join Forces...


Through this crazy blogging, agvocating, social media world I am always amazed by the young women I meet. We are strong, passionate and hard working women. I love getting to connect with fellow bloggers and get a little insight into other farms. All our farms are different, yet we are all connected via our passion for agriculture and of course the dairy aisle.
I am blessed to have met some great ladies and connect with them on a personable level that I wanted to share some of them with you! Today, I introduce you to Chelsy, aka Organic Dairy Mama and Nicole, aka Michigan Farm Girl .

I met Nicole this last December through a blogger exchange and instantly knew this was a girl to follow. She then introduced me to Chelsy. You may ask yourself, what does an organic dairy farmer, Michigan dairy woman and a California almond farmer have in common?  More than you’d think, and I bet it is some of the same things I would have in common with you…


About Chelsy!

I grew up in Wisconsin on a 70 cow conventional dairy farm. I was involved every day feeding calves before school and feeding them after practice in the evening. I started showing dairy cows through 4-H when I was 9 years old and fell in love with it. Every summer involved dairy cows and best friends. This is when I really started to appreciate and love  dairy farming and knew I wanted to be in the industry even after 4-H and high school.

Fast forward a couple years and I met my Farmer, at the National 4-H Dairy Conference nonetheless. He was actually more interested in video games and paintball than thinking about dairy farming at the time. But, I went off to college and he moved to Wisconsin from Washington State for a few years. He eventually moved back to the farm in Washington while I stayed to finish my degree. Every break that I had in college I would make the 2,000 mile trip to see him and the farm; it kept calling me back. I finally earned my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, but still didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with my degree. I didn't necessarily want to be "just a dairy farmer" so I worked as a dairy nutritionist for awhile, but it still didn't feel right. I wanted to be involved in the day to day operation on the farm, and that is exactly what I am doing now.

After college, we got married and I made the move to Washington State, and here I am on the farm as a wife,  mama to an energetic two-year old, and a dairy farmer and I wouldn't change it for the wold.

We have made some amazing advancements on the farm and were the first farm North of Seattle to install two Voluntary Milking System or VMS (aka robotic milkers!). Our farm has been certified organic since 2009. We currently milk 100 cows and have 300 acres that we grow grass (for pasture and feed), corn and alfalfa. Farm life is hard work, there is no denying that, but it is a passion and a lifestyle that we love. I wouldn't want to raise my family any other way than on the farm. Check me out on facebook to see all about my life

Nicole is Next!

My name is Nicole and I share my farm story on Michigan Farm Girl. Our dairy farm started in 2008 by my husband and me, completely from scratch - not a Family member on either side having experience with cattle but a very supportive agricultural community. Not only am I big supporter of beginning farmers, I am strongly attached to below average operations. We milk 60-70 cows, own 65 acres on land and rent around 300 acres. In total we care for 165 head of cattle and have two part time workers to help with milking chores. We have a swing 8 parlor and milk our cows twice a day at 6:00a.m. and 6:00p.m.
PC: MI Farmgirl

Conventional farms of ALL sizes follow the same regulations; whether small or large 97% of farms are family owned and busting at the rafters with pride and love for their animals. We've always wanted to milk enough to support our family, which includes two daughters and a son (8, 5, and 3). The kids are definitely living the farm life and get as dirty as possible all summer long! They are learning to help with chores and take on more responsibilities, they each have a few cows that 'belong' to them, and they understand that while these animals
are part of our family they also provide for our family - we care for them and they care for us. We sell our milk to a co-op called Michigan Milk Producers Association; it is picked up daily and hauled to processing plants in lower Michigan. Majority of our product is distributed to brands for ice cream, cream cheese, dry milk, infant formula, and butter. Our co-op also owns a cheese plant in Middlebury, Indiana called Heritage Creamery.
Dairy was my husband's passion first; I didn't know a single thing about cows and couldn't have cared less about agriculture as a young adult. Once we started farming I had to learn everything; I asked a lot of questions
and suddenly I cared a whole lot about this industry. Every day I am thankful or the land and the opportunity to raise my animals, watch my children grow, and just be here doing what I feel is right. It's important to me that I remember how much I've learned and help answer questions for consumers who are unfamiliar with modern farming practices. Follow my family farm at ww.mifarmgirl.com, also on Facebook and Instagram at michiganfarmgirl.

Who is this Almond Girl Jenny???
Sometimes you might need a little refresher on who I am, so here goes!

I grew up on my parents’ almond and walnut farm in Northern California. Growing up we had chores and responsibility. I had sheep and pigs through 4-H and FFA projects that I was expected to take care of. Feeding, cleaning, even purchasing their food and having an operating budget of my own was a normal part of my childhood. During school breaks and weekends, there were always jobs on the farm for me to help out with. Irrigation and pruning were just a few of the orchard responsibilities I was tasked with. Farm life was the only thing I knew, and I loved it.
I knew that I wanted a future in agriculture so after high school I went off to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It was a long six-hour drive from home but I wanted to make a name for myself and learn more about agriculture than what was in my own backyard. While studying Agriculture Business and Fruit Science I of course met a boy. He was an almond farmer too, but in the Central Valley. This was a foreign land to me. In the Central Valley, agriculture was large scale and more corporate farms were established there.
But then I traveled to this small town of Wasco, an agriculture community that didn’t have much else than almonds and roses. It was here that we would start our own future. That almond farmer would become my husband and his family’s farm would become our livelihood.
That same work ethic and sense of responsibility is what my husband was also raised on. We are both 4th generation California farmers and are now raising the 5th generation. Today, it’s my three-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter that keep me busy. Chasing them around the farm and watching as they learn about agriculture first hand is so rewarding. When my son wakes up in the morning and asks to go to the farm, I know I am raising him right. I hope that one day our farm is there for him and his sister.  My kids see the fun tractor rides, running through almond blooms, and family meals in the orchards. But they also see the long hours, crazy harvest season, and the frustration when things don’t go as planned. Yet, they still love the farm and enjoy seeing family every day.
That’s why I am an AgVocate. Farming is tough. Owning a business in California is tough. But it’s the passion for agriculture and raising children with a sense of pride and responsibility that keeps me going. I am a proud mom, farm wife, farmer and blogger. I bet we have more in common than you thought, huh?
Follow my crazy journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny



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