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FarrrTHUR 5 – Potential

Erin Ehnle’s fine photography and design work. Click the link below for more views Through the Lens of a Farm Girl

 

It’s a busy week here on the farm.

 

There’s hay to make between rain showers.

 

There’s our other job to do.  You know the one we work so that we can farm.

 

It’s June.  It’s not vacation time.  It’s not refreshing in the sense most desire.

 

In fact, it’s quite depleting…except for the part about farming being in the fibers of your hopes and expectations.

 

July, August and half of September will bring their heavy heat…

 

…and I may post more Erin Ehnle photos to help me keep up during my first summer as a farm blogger…

or maybe I’ll just post a frazzled donkey photo and let you do the inferring…:)

 

…either way we’re thankful for this productive season – for the potential we foster and guide all year long.

 

Erin Ehnle's fine photography and design work.  Click the link below for more views Through the Lens of a Farm Girl

Erin Ehnle’s fine photography and design work. Click the link below for more views Through the Lens of a Farm Girl

 

And we hope you trace what you see on your plate back to a diligent farmer who, like with all beloved careers and deeply felt callings, bets it all on potential

– regardless of all the uncontrollable variables, the waves of public opinions, the unexpected scourges, the “one more thing” days of broken equipment, and the social calendar that has weddings/graduations/planting pulling at time…

…but not commitment…

 

Because we grow relationships and food – we expect both to fit into our days and we can be real creative about making it happen – because the former is where the greatest potential is and the latter makes it all possible.

 

Thank you FARMily for all your hard work.

Thank you FarmFriends for going FarrrTHUR with agriculture this week.

 

Mooove over, we’d like to sit down, put feet up and visit a while. 🙂
Emily Grace


 

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15 Responses to “FarrrTHUR 5 – Potential”

  1. Katie

    So appropriate for the season. Atcchhhoooo that was this FarmWife sneezing at hay season. It is not for the faint of heart. We are ultra sounding our cows and placing the last of our embryos in empty Mammas. My Mom just asked me yesterday when the slow season for farming would be? I responded “a week in January after the National Western Stock Show in Denver.” Wait, I just checked the schedule … maybe a week in February … oh wait there is the Virginia Cattlemen’s around Valentine’s day (conspiracy to FarmWives I am sure of it). Christmas Day is slow unless we need to feed and we will probably need to feed. I guess what I have realized is that we have slow days, not weeks, nor seasons. I like the calf checking season coming up this fall because that is when I can capture my Farmer in a truck and look at cute calves. Have a great day FWFF see you Monday! Thanks for writing.

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    • Emily Grace

      What a great comment! LOL Very accurate and animated, FWFF!

      The truck is a great place to capture the farmers. Especially if you’re driving and there are child proof locks and windows so they can’t get out and go work until you’re done talkin’ or smoochin’ on `em. Sometimes, it’s okay not to play fair!! 🙂

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  2. FlaHam

    Emily, I remember visiting my grandfathers farm in south central KY during the summer, and he would walk out the door at 730 or so each morning, I would see him at lunch each day, and then I wouldn’t see him again until 430 or 5 dinner was served promptly after he was cleaned up, and generally he was in bed shortly after sundown. It was a hard life. With all the changes to equipment and technology, it appears to still be a tough life. Thank you for your stories. take care, Bill

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    • Emily Grace

      Hi Bill!

      What a lovely memory! Your comment reminded me of my Papaw (grandpa on my dad’s side). When I would stay with him and Mamaw in the summers, he kept similar hours and went to bed before me…but not before we had a bowl of bedtime ice cream together!! 🙂 I still love ice cream at bed time, but I don’t think my metabolism takes it as well as his did!

      I always wondered at the fact that he went to bed before me and got up before me – it was just different. But he had a lot of work to do on his little farm property, and he was there to do it like clockwork.

      You’re right, the changes in equipment and technology add another dimension to the perseverance required to keep being a farmer. Thanks for acknowledging that. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing memories!!
      Best,
      Emily Grace

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  3. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers

    “Because we grow relationships and food – we expect both to fit into our days and we can be real creative about making it happen” — Exactly why I respect farmers so much! And oof, I didn’t know that you also worked an off-farm job. You guys must be so tired at the end of the day!

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    • Emily Grace

      Hi Caitlin!

      Yes, we are quite tired, but not nearly as tired as when I had an additional job! LOL It’s been almost two years since I closed my portrait/wedding photography business, and THAT was a great decision!!!!!

      I don’t think I can put enough !!!!’s in there! 🙂

      Now, we just have the farm and my Farmer’s full-time job. He’s self-employed, so I help him as needed on both farm and business. Life is much calmer now and we are less tired at the end of the day. It took about 7 years to get to the place where my additional income could be done without.

      The farm is doing well enough to afford an employee nowadays. It wasn’t profitable enough for that in the early years, so my Farmer and I farmed and then “worked to farm”, which you probably have seen a lot in your farm research and visits. Our herd is half the size it needs to be to support a family, but we are at capacity pasture-wise. So, we intend to always make our family income elsewhere and let the farm pay for itself and at least a part time farm hand. Some day, we may transition into leasing property to expand our herd, but that’s a whole `nother undertaking that we aren’t ready for yet. So, we are maintaining and polishing our current set up…which is a worthy task.

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be over to your place shortly! 🙂

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  4. Robyn

    Because we grow relationships and food …. Awesome insight and food for thought.

    I never noticed FARMily, thanks for bringing that to my attention too.

    What a great post to start the day, Thanks Emily Grace!

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    • Emily Grace

      My pleasure, Robyn! It’s a very fascinating and admirable way that farmers/ranchers manage time and relationships. It’s a constant battle for balance and requires understanding of seasons, but they rarely give up relationships if their friends and family just bear with them a bit.

      I see that Anne nominated you for a writing process post – I’ll be looking for it. You don’t show up in my reader for some reason, so do tell me when you’ve done it, if I don’t come read and comment right away. It’s so busy on the farm I’m having a hard time keeping up with everyone – nothin’ new for all of us, I know. 🙂

      Best,
      eg

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