Today we're going to visit with Sherry from City Chic on a Farm. Her blog name got the attention of this old city girl right away. She's a farmer's wife, a mom, and a chocoholic- what's not to love about this gal? A story of her mentoring a young girl made her even more likable to me. She has a great blog and I know she'd welcome you with open arms. Maybe she even has a porch, like mine. (Paying attention, "Chats" ladies?)
Here we go with the interview:
1. Tell us about your farm. 2. What animals do you raise?
Our farm is run by the 4th generation of hubby's maternal side of the family. The farm began in the 1920s in Ohio as a dairy farm, then a pig farm, and now is located in Indiana and we raise black angus cattle & fatten out feeder pigs.
3. Do any of your animals get named? If so, who names them?
I keep my distance from the animals, because if I didn't I would end up getting attached and therefore become a vegetarian. So the animals are strictly part of the farming business and my farmer takes care of them. I will admit though from a distance the cattle herd is intersting to watch and they're funny at times.
4. You said that you don't like to cook. How does "power cooking" help?
Powering cooking enables me to make meals for more than one night at a time, which cuts down on time in the kitchen and allows me to spend time doing other things.
5. Please tell us a little about your mentoring experience.
I became a mentor in 1997 throug the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization, while I was in my single early 20s years. I got matched up with a beautiful young girl who was the youngest of 4 girls. I made her a part of my life just as much as I was a part of hers by chatting with her family everytime I would pick her up or drop her off, and I would include her in all of our family gatherings. I learned as much from her as she learned from me! Now she's 21 and in the Air Force, and I lot of the things I taught her I'm also teaching my boys! It has been a true blessing to make a difference and I'm so proud of the woman she has become!
6. You refer to yourself as a city girl. Was your husband raised in the country?
We were both raised in the burbs of Cincinnati, and the family farm (that was run by tenant farmers for 2 generations) was a place my husband's parents took him to visit a lot as a child. He loved going down to the farm and helpig the farmers. After graduation from high school hubby whent to college for horticulture and met his best buddy, to this day, that grew up on a farm. They had a lot in common and it was that connection that made my hubby realize farming was in his blood. As the tenant farmers retired we began to take over and during that transition we moved the farm to Indiana.
7. Do you garden?
I'm not an outdoors person at all other than the normal summertime activities so I'm definitely not the gardening type. However ever since the In-Laws built a house here on the farm with us, gardening has become my Father-in-Law's hobby.
8. What are your hobbies?
I love to take pictures not only for my blog posts, but also for the farmily yearbooks I create via digital scrapbooking. I also learned to crochet a couple of years ago from my Grandmother, whom has been crocheting for 75 years. Most of the the things I've made have been donated to charity, except for my first afghan that I made for my niece.
Wow that's a hard one, because he's taught me sooooo much! The overall lesson would be how important farmers are to our health and well being, how little society knows about the profession, and how hard it is for a farmer to support a family which is why most of them have a full time job, or the wife works full time so they have health benefits.
10. What's your favorite thing about living in the country?
I love living in the country because we are closer to nature, and we get to experience how beautiful it can be no matter what time of day.
11. How do you feel about raising your boys on a farm?
I think it's the perfect place to rasie three boys this day in age. We will utilize the farm to teach them responsibility, the true meaning of hard work, how to work as a team to get chores done, and so much more.
12. What's in the future for your farm?
At this point my farmer and I are putting our talents together in an effort to achieve our goal of the farm solely supporting the family. With my technology & social media knowledge to market our meat sales and hubby's farming knowledge and hard work, together we will enable him to farm full time and support our family. Other than working together towards one goal we will also have to grow the black angus cattle herd as our customer base grows.
Sherry- I wish you and your family all the best. May your goals for the farm be just around the corner!