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“We come and go but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it—-for a little while.” -Willa Cather, O’ Pioneers!

Special thanks to my self timer & dad for his makeshift tripod of 2 fire extinguishers & an empty box.

Special thanks to my self timer & dad for his makeshift tripod of 2 fire extinguishers & an empty box.

This is our all seasons farming and ranching crew. Together we calve our cows out, plant our fields, bale our hay and harvest our crops. From left to right: my father, my grandfather, my cousin, my husband and myself. We each play a pivotal role in every task we have at hand and without one another, I’m not sure we’d get anything done. Like most farms across the country, we are a family farm and we intend to keep it that way. For five generations, my family has found a way to continue the agricultural legacy, and God willing, we’ll make it six.

When you are the smallest in the crew, you get to crawl into the hard to reach spots to grease the combine.

When you are the smallest in the crew, you get to crawl into the hard to reach spots to grease the combine.

Our crew gets it done 8 rows at a time, sun up to sun down. AND we have a heck of a good time while doing it. I sent a group text that morning and said we were taking a group picture. Not for us, but for our children’s, children. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved hearing stories and looking through old photo albums of past generations. Someday I hope our future generations appreciate these photos.

Like many nights, my Mom will bring supper out to the field so we can keep harvesting into the night. This night we were celebrating Dad's 51st birthday.

Like many nights, my Mom will bring supper out to the field so we can keep harvesting into the night. This night we were celebrating Dad’s 51st birthday.

 

My job is driving the grain cart. Every once in awhile I jump out to take a quick picture.

My job is driving the grain cart. Every once in awhile I jump out to take a quick picture.

 

*My partner in crime, Mo. Jared got me a border collie puppy for college graduation. She's never more than 5 feet from me and rides with me all day in the tractor. You could say we're two peas in a pod.

My partner in crime, Mo. Jared got me a border collie puppy for college graduation. She’s never more than 5 feet from me and rides with me all day in the tractor. You could say we’re two peas in a pod.

I am incredibly thankful for 93 years of Grandpa. His knowledge of the land has instilled a growing passion in me for our lifestyle. Everything I’ve learned about working on the farm I’ve learned from these men. Jared, my husband, and I hope to someday pass down these skills to the generations to come.

 

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