Tim and I both grew up in farm families, and although I never thought I personally would return to the farm to raise my family, here we are, trying to buy a farm.
I remember on our first official date to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Agriculturist’s Spring Fling dance, sharing our dreams to farm. I knew I wanted to marry Tim because he was a man of faith, and when I found out he wanted to farm too, it sealed the deal.
We had a small cow/calf business before, unfortunately with a cow/calf operation you need more land than we had available and we sold our herd after 2 years.
So why farm?
It’s hard to put into words. It’s a feeling that you get when you smell the fresh dirt, or fresh cut hay. It’s knowing that the first warm day of spring means planting season is just around the corner, it’s the promise of new life. It’s hope, and relying on your blood, sweat, tears and that your hard work will pay off so you can provide for your family. It’s the end of long hard day of working outside, eating a meal together at 8pm or later but nevertheless, you’re together. It’s being part of the 2% that feeds 100%. It’s the opportunity to leave a legacy to the next generation.
It’s these reasons and so many more as to why we want to farm. So here we are, buying a strawberry farm.
…To be continued.