About Nicole - Michigan Farm Girl
Dairy was my husband's passion first; I didn't know a single thing about cows and couldn't have cared less about agriculture as a young adult. Once we started farming I had to learn everything; I asked a lot of questions
and suddenly I cared a whole lot about this industry. Every day I am thankful or the land and the opportunity to raise my animals, watch my children grow, and just be here doing what I feel is right. It's important to me that I remember how much I've learned and help answer questions for consumers who are unfamiliar with modern farming practices. Follow my family farm at ww.mifarmgirl.com, also on Facebook and Instagram at michiganfarmgirl.
About Jenny - Almond Girl Jenny
I knew that I wanted a future in agriculture so after high school I went off to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It was a long six-hour drive from home but I wanted to make a name for myself and learn more about agriculture than what was in my own backyard. While studying Agriculture Business and Fruit Science I of course met a boy. He was an almond farmer too, but in the Central Valley. This was a foreign land to me. In the Central Valley, agriculture was large scale and more corporate farms were established there.
But then I traveled to this small town of Wasco, an agriculture community that didn’t have much else than almonds and roses. It was here that we would start our own future. That almond farmer would become my husband and his family’s farm would become our livelihood.
That’s why I am an AgVocate. Farming is tough. Owning a business in California is tough. But it’s the passion for agriculture and raising children with a sense of pride and responsibility that keeps me going. I am a proud mom, farm wife, farmer and blogger.
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About Me - Organic Dairy Mama
Fast forward a couple years and I met my Farmer, at the National 4-H Dairy Conference nonetheless. He was actually more interested in video games and paintball than thinking about dairy farming at the time. But, I went off to college and he moved to Wisconsin from Washington State for a few years. He eventually moved back to the farm in Washington while I stayed to finish my degree. Every break that I had in college I would make the 2,000 mile trip to see him and the farm; it kept calling me back. I finally earned my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, but still didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with my degree. I didn't necessarily want to be "just a dairy farmer" so I worked as a dairy nutritionist for awhile, but it still didn't feel right. I wanted to be involved in the day to day operation on the farm, and that is exactly what I am doing now.
We have made some amazing advancements on the farm and were the first farm North of Seattle to install two Voluntary Milking System or VMS (aka robotic milkers!). Our farm has been certified organic since 2009. We currently milk 100 cows and have 300 acres that we grow grass (for pasture and feed), corn and alfalfa. Farm life is hard work, there is no denying that, but it is a passion and a lifestyle that we love. I wouldn't want to raise my family any other way than on the farm.
~Organic Dairy Mama