For over 30 years, Theresa Freund has warmly greeted the customers visiting her East Caanan, Connecticut farm market in search of fresh produce, gift items and baked goods.
“When Amanda was born, I realized I couldn’t really milk cows and chase after heifers. I tried, I really did try.” Theresa recalls. “I put her in a little carrier on my back and I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll help you catch that heifer.’ But then all of the sudden I was slipping and I had this baby. I even tried putting her in a little carrier outside the barn and there she was, crying. So I was like, ‘Oh no, I can’t do this. This is not going to work.’ But I’m not the type of person that’s going to sit around and twiddle my thumbs, so the big garden just got bigger and bigger.”
Categories: Why I Farm, Why I Farm Roadtrip
Tags: Why I Farm, farmers, dairy, Why I Farm Roadtrip, Connecticut, Freund's Farm Market, produce, CowPots
Phillip and Elissa Miller started farming in Kansas with just a few animals. “About five years ago my daughter decided she wanted to be a large animal vet.” Elissa explained. “I said, ‘If you want to be a large animal vet, you’ve got to have animals.’ So, we got a five-acre parcel of land with a house on it.” From there, it grew. Soon, Sunset the cow, Lorena the pig, and Lamby the lamb called the farm home.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, Why I Farm Roadtrip, Walnut Kitchen Homestead, Massachusetts, first generation farmers
“I’ve farmed all my life.” recalls Martin Hayden. “I was raised on a farm, grew up on a farm, and farmed with teams. We didn’t farm with tractors. Dad raised cattle, he had horses he farmed with and a few milk cows to live off of. I loved it. Even when I was a little bitty kid I was following him through the field.”
Tags: Beck's Blog, Why I Farm, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, farm family, Natalina Sents, Why I Farm Roadtrip, Hayden Farms, Martin Hayden, poultry, Kentucky farmers
I struggled all day. Struggled to capture my thoughts. Struggled to find the right words. And the more I struggled, the more I started to doubt myself.
With my frustration increasing, I slumped back in my chair, closed my eyes, and prayed for a little encouragement. If you’ve been following my journey on the Why I Farm Movement, then you’ll know it’s because of the Movement that I found my faith. While it helped me connect with Him, I’m still learning, searching and trying to figure things out. One thing I do know, you can talk to Him about anything – even writer’s block.
Categories: Why I Farm
Tags: farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, corn, farmers, soybeans, Beck's, Iowa farming, Iowa corn, Iowa farmers
Since the Why I Farm Movement began in July 2013, we have received hundreds of stories from farmers, farm kids, and farm wives. In each story, these farm families are guided by their faith, committed to their family, and devoted to not only their community, but the world.
This is the first of many posts where I’ll share farm stories from our fans. Today, the stories are from three women who are not just wives, but FARM WIVES.
Tags: Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, farmers, farm, soybeans, farm family, Why I Farm movement, Farm Wives, Beck's, seed corn
With the windows raised, I could hear every raindrop pelt the earth, every whisper from the wind, and every bird sing a love song. As I looked out the window, I could almost see the wind swirling around my house, charting its way through an obstacle course. Then, as if God just hit a strike at the bowling alley, a crack of thunder and lightning shook the walls.
Tags: farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, Why I Farm movement, Honoring Farmers, Beck's, American Farmers, Kevin Ruth
When I moved to Texas in 2007 it was to start my first big girl job. But before leaving my dad gave me a magnet to put on my refrigerator. Since then, that magnet has traveled more than 2,000 miles, calling home to four refrigerators.
Tags: agriculture, farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, farmers, corn seed, soybean
Every dog has a story. The majority of the farms I visit seem to have a farm dog. It seems like these dogs are usually a mixed breed. The more I think about it, I very rarely see a purebred version of man’s best friend. From my own experience, the more mixed the dog, the more brains God put in his head.
Categories: Field Stories
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids Facebook, agriculture, beck’s hybrids, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, farm families, Beck's Hybrids seed advisor, farm dogs, Ryan McAllister, Beck's Hybrids soybeans
When I think of how this spring has gone or better yet, hasn’t gone, I’m reminded of a certain song. Have you ever heard “Waitin’ on a Woman” by Brad Paisley? This song defines my life. And even though I hate being late, I usually always am. Just ask my husband.
Tags: agriculture, farming, tractors, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, farmers, God, spring, corn seed, Brad Paisley, soybean, soybean seed, equipment, Mother's Day
"Agriculture: 365 sunrises and 7 billion mouths to feed." That's the theme of this year's National Ag Week. In honor of all farmers, farm families, farm wives, farm children, and those that serve the agriculture industry, THANK YOU!
Tags: Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, farmers, farm families, soybeans, National Ag Week, Ag Day, AgDay2014
I was surrounded. Every turn. Every move. Every corner. I was in the seventh most populous city in the United States, and they were everywhere. Even though their height, stature and dialect varied, their boots, well that gave them away.
Tags: farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, Practical Farm Research, multi-hybrid planting, Commodity Classic, Lent, Texas, RFD Radio Network, Rita Frazer, Jason Webster
The snow and brutally cold temperatures we have endured over the past couple weeks makes doing anything outdoors uncomfortable. However, for those that want to fight the cold weather and still have some fun outdoors, now is a great time of year. One of the best things that winter brings to hunters is hungry coyotes. The conditions lately are perfect to call-in and shoot these wild canines.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
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This coming Sunday, after church has let out and the chores have been done, football fans all across the U.S. will be crowding around their televisions for one of the most anticipated games of the year. The Super Bowl!
Now, sports haven’t been a regular topic in my blog, but they have been a big part of my life, and my family memories. so I wanted to share a little about our family Superbowl gatherings. And if you stay with me until the end of the post, you might find a pretty awesome recipe for you to bring to the party!
Categories: Family and Farming
Tags: Beck's Hybrids Blog, Beck's Hybrids Twitter, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, farm families, Chelsea Nord, family and farming, family farming, Indianapolis Colts, family traditions, Beck's corn hybrids, Super Bowl, Super Bowl 48, Super Bowl Recipies, Sweet and Savory Pigs in a Blanket, George Nord, Taste of Home, Purdue Football, Tecumseh Jr./Sr. High School
Have you ever just aimlessly searched the Internet? Or have you ever clicked on a link that a Facebook friend posted? Then after 20 minutes and several clicks later you find yourself engrossed in someone’s blog, reading post after post because you’re learning, inspired, or intrigued.
Tags: agriculture, farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, corn, farmers, soybeans, Why I Farm facebook page, The Farmer's Creed, Prairie Bluestem, livestock, Frank I. Mann, Illinois farmer, Faceook
No guts, No glory. A saying I learned early in life and one I’ve strived to live by. For as long as I can remember, this is something my parents have truly embodied. And if they ever doubted themselves, it never showed.
They taught me to have grit, take a few risks, and have confidence. I’ve learned that life will knock you down, probably more than once, but it’s not the number of times you fall, it’s how you get back up.
Tags: Beck's Blog, agriculture, beck’s hybrids, family farms, farmer, Illinois farming, #whyifarm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, IL, farmers, farm families, farm, farm family, Beck's seed corn, Martin Marr, Marty Marr
There is an infamous number every crop farmer strives to reach. It’s a number that signifies innovation, dedication, hard work, and passion. And it’s a number that, if reached, proves it can be done. Just a few days before Christmas, I sat down with a farmer from east central Indiana. But this time I wasn’t there to capture his Why I Farm story, I was there to capture his 300 bushel story.
Tags: farming, Indiana farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, Beck 300 Challenge, 300 Bu./A., Tom Logue
As I sat around the kitchen table with my mom, dad and brother, Austin, I was quickly reminded of three things. 1) We are not a mushy family. Don’t get me wrong, we have feelings; we just don’t like talking about them. 2) Eating homemade beef and noodles on a cold Saturday evening with a fire in the background is near perfection. 3) I am incredibly thankful for my farm family.
Tags: Beck's Blog, agriculture, farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, faith, farm family, Thanksgiving, holiday season
We’ve always had a dog. From English Setters, Pointers, a Chesapeake Bay, Beagles, a Blue Healer, a Tibetan Spaniel, and Labrador Retrievers, a dog has been essential to our farm. And for many of us, they’re not just companions, their family. We even talk to them as if they’re human. Don’t shake your head no; I know you all do this.
Tags: Beck's Blog, farming, Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Beck's Hybrids, harvest, farmers, hunting, farm dogs, Labrador retriever, Why I Farm facebook page, Why I Farm Behind the Movement
Hello, I’m Mike Roux and welcome to my outdoor column on Beck’s blog. It is my pleasure to be a member of the Beck’s Team. I have spent decades in the outdoors and I have a true passion to pass along what I have learned and experienced to my readers.
My blog will focus on fishing, hunting, boating, camping and all other outdoor activities that we all love. I will discuss how-to, where-to, why-to and introduce the places and people that can make your experiences in the outdoors more meaningful. I will spend quite some time dissecting the relationship that develops between the landowner and the hunters he allows to use his land. Farmers and hunters are partners with like conservation goals.
Tags: Beck's Blog, farming, Beck's Hybrids, farmers, bow hunting, hunters, fishing, bowhunters, archery, Mike Roux, Mikeroux.com, Beck's Hybrids seed advisor, Fred Bear archery, Fred Bear, hunting, outdoors
Let’s just say, at nearly 80 years old, I’ve experienced a few things in life. I’ve watched men leave for war, the stock market collapse, Mother Nature destroy farms, and housing additions pop up like corn rows. I’ve heard grown men cry, laughter in the hay loft, and the sounds of newborn calves on the farm. I’ve moved three times, retired early, and even had a face lift. And even though so much has changed, one thing has remained the same – my family.
Tags: Why I Farm, #whyifarm, Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, John Deere, Mother Nature, Woodward Family Farms, farmers, John Deere Model A, tractor, Moline, barn lot