Day 30 of my 30 Days of Ag “All Things Minnesota Agriculture” is a reflection of my November blogging series. I had never done anything like this before, but I was willing to give it a try. I was nervous at the beginning of the month because we were not done with fieldwork. But, thank goodness I was able to.
In a nutshell, it’s been amazing!
Yes, there are some things I would have changed. But, honestly, it turned out much better than I had ever anticipated. Here are a few things I learned:
Everyone has a story. And I mean everyone.
As the questionnaires were coming in, I was truly amazed at the stories. Everyone has a story. And the best story is the one they tell themselves. There is no way I could have done this blogging project justice if I had written their stories. You could just feel the passion each of these stories entailed. That’s why it was so important that they tell their own stories. And they did.
And they were inspiring.
Just because someone said they wanted to be featured, doesn’t mean I was able to feature them.
I had many people tell me they wanted to be featured but I didn’t receive their questionnaires. t understand that and I am sensitive to everyone’s time commitments. So I have learned I need to start earlier and get more questionnaires out to people. Not going to lie, I was scrambling at the end. But it worked out. And hopefully I will have more connections throughout the year to use if I choose to do this again (and I probably will!).
Minnesota’s agriculture is diverse. Period.
Believe me, I learned a lot about Minnesota’s ag diversity. The stories were intriguing and very interesting to me and I hope you thought the same. If you have any suggestions to whom I should feature in the future, please feel free to let me know. I know I don’t quite have the “big picture” view of agriculture in Minnesota, but I am working on it and trying to grasp it. Living in southern Minnesota, you tend to live in your little “ag world” and there is a much bigger “ag world” out there. I will work on it.
People like to read about farmers.
As much as I wanted to showcase the diversity of agriculture, my reach and views tell me people like reading about farmers and their stories.
And a BIG Thank You!
And I want to thank everyone who participated in this blogging series! I am so glad I did it! And thank you to everyone/everything that contributes to Minnesota’s agricultural diversity!
For a complete list of my blogging series features and tell me which ones were your favorite:
November 1 – Jeremy Geske and his Passion for Sheep
November 2 – “A Greater Minnesota”
November 3 – Rachel Gray – A Minnesota Cattle Woman
November 5 – Glacial Lake Organics
November 6 – Makayla Nepp and Her Love For Farming and Pigs
November 7 – Evan Oberdieck – Hefty Seed
November 8 – Theresa Twohey – A Dairy Gal in a Pig World
November 9 – AgStar Gives A Personal Touch
November 10 – Sara Larson “Shows” Her Devotion To Her Goats
November 11 – The Klinghagens – A Story of Beginning Farmers
November 12 – Carolyn and Jonathan Olson, Farmers in Two Worlds
November 13 – Eric Nelson – Time to Talk Turkeys
November 15 – Hormel Foods – More Than Just Spam
November 17 – Crazy Acres Alpacas
November 18 – Kirsten Phelps – A Family Farm that Perseveres
November 19 – Eric and Beth Engstrom – E2’s Emu Ranch
November 20 – Pam Uhlenkamp – Farm Business Management
November 22 – Whole Grain Milling – Homegrown Organic
November 23 – Gold’n Plump Chickens
November 24 – The Meyers Farm – A Family Farm in the Truest Sense
November 25 – Wild Mountain Winery – Where the Wine is Fine
November 26 – MN Agriculture: Hugoson Pork, Five Generations Later
November 28 – South 89 Seed and Service – Tony and Amy Brateng
November 29 – CommonGround – Where Food Conversations Take Place
And for a complete list of the other bloggers who participated in this challenge:
- The Pinke Post: 30 Days of Women in Agriculture
- Standing out in the Field: 30 Days of Faces Behind Your Food
- Prairie Californian: 30 Days of Food
- Becoming Texan: 30 Days of Texas Panhandle Agriculture
- AgTechTalk: 30 Days of Ag Tech
- Sowing Bountifully: 30 Days with a Small Town Girl on a Big 10 Campus
- Mackinson Dairy Farm: 30 Days of Dairy
- Cows, Corn and Communications: 30 Days of Dairy Farm Life Blessings
- Morning Joy Farm: 30 Days of Agriculture – The Agriculture Book List
- Holbrook Honey and Hop Yard: 30 Days of Preparation for the Future
- Beyond the Pasture: 30 Days of Lessons I Learned on the Farm
- Kellie for Ag: 30 Songs about Raising Cattle
- Homestead Hill Farm: 30 Days of Lessons from the Farm
- Montana Stockgrowers Association Blog: 10 Things to Know About Beef Cattle
- Country Girl Creations: 30 Things I Want My Farm Girl to Know
- Life of a Future Farmer: 30 Days of Thoughts of a Future Farmer
- Black Ink Blog: Nice to Meat Ya: 30 Days of People You Ought to Know in the Quality Beef Business
- Farver Farms: 30 Days of Dirt Roads
- Carolyn CAREs Blog: 30 Things I Love
- Confessions of a Suburbanite Agvocate: 30 Days in the Life of an Ag Comm Student
- The Velvet Farmer: 30 Days from the View of a Agriculture Student
- Agriculture: A Way of Life: Series Name
- Cox Farm: 30 Things That Farming Has Taught Me
- Walking the Off-Beaten Path: 30 Days of Farming: It’s a Balancing Act
- The Magic Farmhouse: 30 Days of Illinois Farms and Food
- The Farmer’s Wifee: 30 Days of Farm Thanks