When I began blogging in 2009, I had no idea that it would take me this far.
I am so thankful for all of you who take the time to read my posts and give this farm girl a voice.
This morning, I was reflecting on how far this blog has come and preparing for the next chapter.
I realized that I had never given credit to the other amazing farm girl bloggers out there who keep me motivated to make this blog as awesome as theirs.
So here they are, my five favorite farm girl bloggers.
Long before I was blogging, I was reading the work of some of these women.
As my blog developed, some of these women helped me along the way.
Now that I’m transitioning from “farm girl” to “farm wife,” they’re my role models and mentors.
I know you’ll love their work just as much as I do.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that my list starts with the queen of farm blogs.
Ree Drummond was blogging about farming before many farmers had the internet.
She’s a quirky, free spirited city girl who fell head over heels for a cowboy and gave up her urban upbringing for life with him on a cattle ranch.
Ree’s background makes her posts about her farm easy for everyone to understand.
She’s agriculture’s number one spokeswoman and she’s not retiring anytime soon.
Today, Ree is a bestselling author, accomplished chef and is starring in her own Food Network show next year!
A friend sent me a link to this blog on Facebook that said, “This is totally going to be you someday.”
I’ll admit it, Emily is living my dream life!
She’s a good old fashioned farm wife, one that balances raising kids, crops and cattle all while helping her husband run their family farm.
Her blog is full of adorable anecdotes about her kids experiences on the farm.
Don’t be fooled though, this is not a cutesy mommy blog. She throws in some really great posts about big issues in agriculture and food production too.
If you raise, show or eat beef you should be reading Beef Daily.
Amanda Radke does a phenomenal job of keeping her readers up to date on the latest beef industry news.
We share a lot of the same philosophies on the importance of speaking up for agriculture and telling your farm story both on and offline.
Amanda’s passion is sticking up for beef producers. I can attest to the fact that she’s just as dedicated to that in person as she is online.
When looking for a beef recipe, this blog is one of my first stops.
Kim Brackett is a cattle rancher’s wife who fills her posts beef recipes and farm photos.
She does a great job of explaining the many things they do to care for their cattle and keeps her readers up to date on the latest beef industry news.
I love referring elementary school teachers to Kim’s blog. Young kids love all of her photos and the posts are easy for even the most urban teacher to understand and share with their class.
I generally try to avoid the “mommy bloggers” but this is one that you don’t need children of your own to appreciate.
Jennifer E writes about the challenges of trying to sort through the hype and figure out what’s really the healthiest food for her kids.
She tackles the big issues like buying organic, antibiotics and hormones and patiently explains how she learned to find the safest food for her family.
Jennifer admits that she’s skeptical of all food information, because she feels like there is always an agenda. She goes into detail explaining how she finds trustworthy information about food and shares it with her readers.
I hope you’ll take the time to check out these awesome blogs. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!