I am a female farmer and I am strong.
I can carry hay bales and turn wrenches.
I can hammer, saw and shovel for hours.
I can lug a calf across the sale barn.
I can carry a 50lb feed bag to the barn and never even flinch.
I am a female farmer and I am flexible.
I can eat a meal in the barn, in the field or wherever I need to.
The phrase “there has been a small change of plans” doesn’t phase me.
I can drive a tractor, ATV, car, truck, or semi depending on the day.
I can go from shoveling manure to dressed for a wedding in 30 minutes flat.
I am a female farmer and I am emotional.
I have fought back tears when I lost a calf I’d been fighting for.
I have felt joy when a sick calf got better.
I have struggled with deciding to euthanize an animal.
I have been filled with excitement when a new seedling breaks through the soil.
I am a female farmer and I am smart.
I can keep detailed records for the farm and keep track of every purchase.
I am constantly looking for continuing education because learning is important.
I can design systems to sort cattle or trouble shoot a broken piece of equipment.
I understand markets and how they affect my bottom line.
I am a female farmer and I am prepared.
I am rarely found without a pocket knife and some baling twine.
I almost always have at least one change of clothes in my car for when “plans change”.
I am skilled with a slow cooker so that my supper is always ready and warm.
My phone is always with me because farm accidents do happen.
I am a female farmer and I am imperfect.
I make mistakes. A LOT of them.
During the busy times of the year, my house is a mess and laundry doesn’t get folded.
I have a hard time admitting what I don’t know.
I really do not know it all and often have to ask for help.
I am a female farmer and I am passionate.
I will stay up through the night and get up before dawn to care for an animal.
I have dedicated my life to a profession I believe in.
I will defend a production method that I believe is safe until the end of time.
I will tell my story to whomever will listen because I believe the farm story is one worth telling.
I am a female farmer and I LOVE what I do.