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In the past several months, the Farmers with Issues series has featured the voices of several farmers and ranchers who try to reach out, connect, and share a window into the world of food production. Some great conversations have been launched and more than once, there have been comments implying that farmers take the winter months off.
Do farmers really have time off once the hay is in the barn and the crops are out of the fields? Personally, I take advantage of the longer dark hours to catch up on some of my favorite reading, but winter is not all rest and relaxation for farmers.
I asked a few farmers from across the country what they are up to as much of the country is hunkering down in the snow and cold.
Read more about it on Wilde's blog – I Kissed a Farmer.
Taking care of the cattle like always
Learn more about her work to provide responsible care on the Feedyard Foodie blog.
Equipment maintenance and adjustments
Putting the kids to work on a snow day
See some great photos of calving and learn more about the kids’ work on her blog, Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch.
Working with the family: farmer style
Watch the January video and keep an eye out for another in February.
Winter is still a very busy time for farmers across the country. In fact, Emily Zweber said she sees less of her organic dairy farmer husband with his busy winter schedule. Do not let these tales fool you though; farmers still seek opportunities to make it away from the farm for some vacation time to visit friends and family or to attend educational meetings in warmer parts of the country.
There are many more farmers sharing insight to their winter chores. I have a growing list on my personal blog. Reach out and thank these folks for their dedication to growing our safe food supply in all types of weather.
Were you surprised by any of the tasks farmers and ranchers are tackling in the winter months? What are your favorite ways to pass time during the winter months? We're listening in the comments below.