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16

Aug

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Kentucky FARMERs, Hayden Farms

Author: Nate Rottero

“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.”

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21

Nov

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Farmer Friday: Stories From Three Farm Wives

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.

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7

Jul

2014

Family and Farming

From Glendia's Kitchen - Cooked Salad Dressing

This past weekend, we celebrated our country’s freedom and the honorable people that help protect it. It was great to see so many community festivals and posts online honoring our freedoms and being thankful for what we have as a country. To me, celebrations (no matter what the occasion) should always contain three important things: the reason you’re celebrating, those you love around you, and great food.

Continue reading to hear more about my 4th of July weekend and the good food from this week's blog, Glendia's Cooked Salad Dressing!

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26

May

2014

Family and Farming

Making Things By Hand - Homemade Applesauce

The other day I was making my usual grocery list, writing down the items without even thinking. Milk, coffee, creamer, cereal, bananas, veggies, meat, bread, cheese, granola bars, applesauce, and various other things.

The radio was playing in the background, and all of a sudden I hear this come across the airwaves…

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8

May

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

So God Made A Farmer's Wife

Do you remember Paul Harvey’s “So God Made A Farmer” speech? Well, a young woman by the name of Sierra Shea wrote a similar poem in recognition of the farmer’s wife. In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to post her poem. And don’t forget that this Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day.

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16

Jan

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #10: Martin Marr, New Berlin, IL

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.

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30

Dec

2013

Family and Farming

Christmas Memories and Family Meals

Well it’s that time. The time between Christmas and New Year’s where I’m back at work, but still thinking about the wonderful times spent with family, afternoon naps I was able to squeeze in, and all the great food I ate last week for Christmas. And just maybe regretting having that extra piece of cake… (In my defense, it was my birthday cake, AND it was the last piece, I couldn’t let it go to waste…right?)

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24

Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Merry Christmas From Our Family Farm To Yours

Did you hear that? I'm pretty sure I can almost hear the sounds of Christmas all around - bows being torn, wrapping paper ripping, children laughing, and holiday music playing in the background. It's Christmas Day. A day to celebrate our faith, our family, and all of our blessings. But first, we must thank one very special person.

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16

Dec

2013

Field Stories

Known For Something

We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.

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4

Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Live for Today

We’re planners. It’s part of who we are. Whether it’s planning a wedding, vacation or birthday party, planning for the future is part of life. But sometimes we get so caught up in planning that we forget to live for today.

We forget to take that breath of fresh air as the cold, winter wind sweeps across our face. Instead we gripe about having to turn the heat up. We forget to look up at the blue clear sky as the trails from planes are left behind. Instead we jump in our vehicles, back out of the driveway and speed off to the next destination.

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27

Nov

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Thankful

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.

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