Family farms & building fences
As a fifth generation farmer myself, that means that the land that we live on has been owned by my husband's ancestors (great-great grandparent, great grandparent, grandparent, parent or ourselves) and in farming for more than 125 years. When we first got married nearly 25 years ago, we renovated a little 600 square foot house that my soon-to-be husband's grandparents first built and lived in. His parents lived there when they were first married and we began our life together in that little home. But home ownership is just the tip of the iceberg.
How many kids want to have the same job that their parents have? We are blessed with five kids--ages ranging from 22 to 18 (yes, there is a set of twins in there)--and they have all worked hard on the farm right beside my husband and me from the day they were born. As we plan the fence we will build during Spring Break from school, my husband talks about the fence as "their" fence; we are building for them as the land will one day pass to them and they will benefit from having good, strong, long-lasting fences built correctly, on their land.
We work side by side with our kids to instill in them the love of the land, the responsibility we have to care for the livestock, and appreciate the lifestyle of never "going to work" but working every day in a job that we love and value. I'm proud to be a family farmer and I'm teaching my kids to value that title as well.
This post was part of a series hosted by Katie of On the Banks of Squaw Creek. If you’re interested in reading more about guilt-free meat eating, check out:
1. We've been eating meat for 1.5 million years.
Home Again Finnegan
2. Eating meat made us smarter
Lipstick and Tractors
3. We were born to eat meat.
Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
4. Meat provides us with nutrients we can't easily get elsewhere
Farm Girl Facts of Life
5. Farms are lowering their carbon footprint.
My Other More Exciting Self
6. 96% of farms are family farms
Kansas Cattle Ranch
7. Farm animals are not the same as pets.
Kellie for Ag
8. Bacon, steak and Thanksgiving
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