On my husband's recent 42nd birthday, I asked him, "What would you change about where you are today versus where your younger self thought you would be?" We had been laughing about "growing old" together and how much older we thought we would feel at our current ages along with our perceptions of our parents at our ages. My parents were my husband's age when I was a senior in high school — and they became grandparents that year, too, when my son was born.
It's a clean slate with a new year upon us. How you spend your 2018 is up to you. Yes we have commitments we need to keep, but it's good to choose a new project, endeavor, hobby or create a new healthy habit in a new year, I've found. In 2017, outside of work and commitments, our family created new experiences by downhill skiing together and traveling to new destinations. But my favorite non-work project of 2017 was close to home. It happened when my husband Nathan and I purchased a home in our small town, updated it, then listed it with our local realtors to sell again.
Q: What is your role in agriculture today? A: My role in agriculture is currently equal parts innovator and survivalist. The primarily small grain operation, Nourish Farms Inc., my father and I operate in north-central Montana's Golden Triangle is tooled for small grains. It's what we know and do relatively well. Input costs, market conditions and soil health goals are pushing us outside of that comfort zone; which is not an enjoyable place to reside with inverted profit margins.
WISHEK, N.D. — With a new year comes a fresh start, a clean calendar. In our family, we celebrate several birthdays in December and January, including my own on the twelfth day of Christmas, Epiphany. After a lifetime of having a birthday after the holidays, I'm used to a smaller, quieter celebration. No one needs another party in early January and everyone is gifted out. But I always purposefully carve out time to celebrate family birthdays, regardless of the date.
WISHEK, N.D. — Like most days, I was in a hurry. I had a limited amount of time and a 175-mile drive to Fargo ahead of me. Except for the occasional pheasants or deer, it was just me and the open road on Highway 30 in south-central North Dakota. Since I can drive 50 miles on this stretch of highway without seeing another vehicle, I had the Christmas music cranked to keep me company.
WISHEK, N.D. — As you harvest the bounty of your labor, do you ever think about the crop’s journey beyond your field? It’s been a passion of mine for a decade to monitor public perception of agriculture, engage non-ag consumers and tell my story of agriculture. That’s not always the case for some farmers and ranchers who say advocating for ag is for younger people.
WISHEK, N.D. — No matter where I travel, I always want to learn about agriculture in the area. Other than a farmers’ market, I didn’t know what type of farm we could visit around Boston or Cape Cod. The girls and I were walking along the flats of Cape Cod Bay at low tide we stumbled upon an oyster farm — rows of cages sat in the sand. A woman and a girl worked on cages in one area and, in another area, two men worked with another set of cages.
On a recent Friday night, my daughters and I sat in our kitchen making deviled eggs. Sounds like exciting Friday night entertainment, right? Have you ever just listened to a conversation between a six- and an eight-year-old, though? I relish in those moments when I’m merely a bystander.
Our daughter, Anika, is one of 27 kindergartners who is starting school in our small town of Wishek next week. Since Anika is our youngest, I know what to expect this year. I’m also aware of all the “lasts” this year holds for our family with a kindergartner and a senior in high school. In the weeks leading up to school, I’ve been giving myself pep talks.
I was in the salon a few days ago when one of the stylists,Whittney, mentioned buying more backpacks and filling them with school supplies for the new students at our school. As we were talking, our friend April walked through the door, and I said, “Get on your friendly face!