Let me start out by saying I’m the granddaughter of a dairy farmer and the daughter of a grain farmer. I am very proud to tell people my roots are in agriculture. But no way am I the proverbial “farmer’s daughter!”
I grew up in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, but always had ties to agriculture. Then in my teens I moved to Columbiana County. And, like many teenagers at the time, I thought my parents had lost their minds.
Fifteen years later, I realize they were right all along!
The farm is a great place and I want my future children to have the experiences I have enjoyed.
My parents bought the family farm and moved there just as I was starting college.
I worked my way through college and then went to work for the county newspaper. After a few years there, I went on to work in TV news.
But here is where the story gets weird. While most people were rushing to get out of work after the 11 p.m. news, I was hurrying to get somewhere else — the barn! The joke was that while most people were scurrying off to the bar, I realized I was trying to get home to the barn.
Most of the time, it was to get home and check on my horses. Other times, it was to get home because of lambing at the farm.
After a few years, I realized barns were where I wanted to be! Not because I’m anti-social or don’t enjoy a cold beverage, but because it’s where I wanted to be.
So after some soul searching, coming to the realization that while most people put their attention on the other cars on the road, my attention was getting pulled to the barns along side of the road and the stories that they held.
I would say to myself “oh look, they just had a calf,” or “look, that barn got a new roof,” and I wondered about the story inside of that barn.
So I ended up here at the Farm and Dairy and I haven’t looked back since. While it may be a story of triumph and strength, or a story that teaches a lesson to other farmers, I am always looking for it in those barns.
By the way, 15 years later, my parents are still involved in farming, raising sheep and cattle.
And I guess I should tell you I’m not an only child. I have three brothers. Two of them are grain farmers and the other works in landscaping. I’m very proud of them. I’m sure you will hear of our antics in the future. But for now, just know they are here and they help make me who I am.
My family doesn’t stop there, though. I now have four nieces and they are great fun. It’s such a treat to experience farm life through their eyes. It’s the best thing to hear them squeal and giggle as they witness a new lamb coming into the world or a ride in the combine with their dad.
What you should know about me? I love animals and children, hate mean people and love to try new things. I’m always up for an adventure. I always try to think about the positive side of things and try not to dwell on the negative. However, I am realistic.
OHH and one other thing… I’m not afraid to express my opinion when asked. You might not like it, but I will be courteous and listen to what you have to say, so I expect the same.
Let’s face it, farm life is never dull. And it’s no different at the Foster Farm. No day is like another and I hope I can share that life with you.