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Farm Newsletters

newsletter 2018We normally try to send out at least one newsletter per year to all of our landlords.  I enjoy making them up and from the feedback we have received they like them too!  This year I wanted to share in a few posts what we included with our blog readers.

Today you will read the first “article” I included on the front page of the newsletter.  We were inspired to share with our landlords how us, the farmers feel about our relationships with each of them.  As with any relationship communication is essential in building and retaining said relationships.

FARM LEGACY & RELATIONSHIPS 

We are lucky enough to have a variety of landlords that trust us to care for their land. Their legacy. We’d like to begin by saying THANK YOU!

Some of you grew up farming the land we now tend to. Others inherited from past generations. Whether you are familiar with the “ag-life” or aren’t at all, farming practices have changed and our operation probably doesn’t look like it used to or even the neighbor’s operation down the road.

That’s where communication is essential. We feel communication is key in any relationship but very important in the ones we hold with all of you. That is why we encourage you and hope you feel comfortable with visiting with us about agriculture and our operation. You are always welcome to actually come to the farm as well as call, email or text us.

Of course it’s a business arrangement but we hold our relationships with each of you on a high level. We have a connection with you and your legacy because we are able to serve you. We know that it’s not just about the all mighty dollar but also the chance to continue a legacy for both you and our family. It’s an honor to farm your ground and raise crops that feed the world at the same time.

Some of the land that we now farm, Milton’s father, Richard farmed for many years before us. Sitting around the dinner table at the last Landlord Appreciation dinner and listening to the stories of days gone by made us realize just how special the opportunity that lies before us really is.

Carrying on a farm legacy, generation after generation, can come in many forms. For example us, the farmer, planting the seed, tending to the crop, and harvesting it is one way. The other way is for your family to continue to invest in the asset that was given to you by generations before. This being done by allowing someone you trust to farm the ground. We do not take the trust you have given us for granted. We know that there are many farmers in the area/world that could farm the ground.

Building relationships and sustaining those relationships is something that we plan to work even harder at in the coming years. Whether it be via a chat at church on Sunday, hello at the grocery store, this annual newsletter or calendar showing us in action, or our favorite – dinner around our farm house table. We want you to know we see you as more than our landlord, more than who we write checks to each year. We see you as part of our family farm. Growing our legacy while keeping your legacy alive! That’s something we can both be proud of.

“ A farm is more than land and crops. It is a family’s HERITAGE and FUTURE.”

 

I hope you enjoy this post and feel encouraged to share it on your social media page.  Inspiring others to build relationships and sharing what farm life is about!  I highly encourage those of you that are farmers to consider doing a newsletter or annual calendar or even host a barbque for your landowners.  It’s been a joy for us to do these things!

Check back or follow our social media pages to see upcoming posts from our newsletter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton


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Annual Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2017

If you happen to follow us on Instagram or Facebook this past weekend you probably saw quite a bit of activity.  I was posting photos throughout the day Saturday while preparing for our annual landlord appreciation dinner.

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Our dinner table. I went with simplicity this year.  I made the tablerunner with fabric I bought when I visited The Mercantile Store ( Pioneer Woman)

Including our family of three we fed 16 people! We had to drag out the white six foot table to add to our dining room table to have enough spaces.  We are fortunate to be blessed with eight families as landlords and all but one was able to attend!  I love to host dinner parties and this is quite a special one to me!  There is just something about all of us sitting around the dinner table, I guess because some of my own childhood memories were made around my Mom’s table is why it means so much to me.

The menu we chose this year was…..

HamCreamy Rosemary PotatoesSouthern Style Green BeansWatergateDinner RollsCustard PieBlackberry PieCheesecake

Everyone seem to enjoy it.  The potato recipe I pulled from my Pioneer Woman cookbook, they are kind of labor intensive.  But I found that the taste of them made it well worth the work!  The green beans were found via Pinterest and they were quite delish!  I used frozen verses fresh as that was less expensive for me.

The blackberry pie was from our own blackberries I had in the freezer and the custard pie was made with farm fresh eggs.  We have an abundance of eggs right now so I made two of those pies.  My mother used to make custard pie, I never cared for it but my other three siblings like it.  Whenever I fix this recipe at least one or two people rave about it, so here is the recipe if you want to take a try at this very simple pie!  The cheesecake was a box mix by The Cheesecake Factory, I personally mixed my small piece with a piece of the blackberry pie.  YUM!  YUM! YUM!

The farmer baked the ham on his Green Mountain Grill and we served the dinner rolls you buy in the freezer section.  We kept it somewhat simple, we wanted it to feel like a Sunday dinner with family around the table.  To be honest, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had.  We listened to stories and laughed and it lasted for almost three hours!

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Son and Father. I am thrilled with this shot from our evening!

One thing that came out of the conversation was that Milton’s father started farming some of the rented ground after he came home from being in the Army in the Korean war that ended in 1953.  So in 1954 Richard began farming the land that sits next to his homeplace to the east.  Milton and I began farming this particular set of rented acres in 2015. Sixty three years.

When one of the current landlords said “that has a lot to say”  it felt very profound to me.  I talk about legacy here on the blog and this is part of that legacy.  The point they were getting across was that their family had owned the same land for many generations and then that the family that had rented from them was still the same people for sixty three years.

That has something to say about both families, especially my father-in-law since the landlords can pick and choose whomever they want to farm their ground.  It was a proud moment and I hope the legacy continues for many years for both our families.

No one knows what the future holds for us.  One year we may lose some rented ground, another year we may gain some.  I’m proud of my husband because he has done a good job on farming, not only for his own acres but the rented ground as well.  Milton really does care for the land.  He doesn’t just throw some seed in the ground and not do the work that needs to be done to produce good crops.  There can be areas with drainage issues or weed issues.  Needless to say I’m proud of the work he does.

Our evening ended with little bags of goodies going  home with the guests!  This year we included sticky notes with our farm name and address, a seasonal pumpkin, some candies, and of course homemade jam! I hope they enjoy it all!

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A couple of the landlords brought us this BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement too!  I just love it!  Fall colors always are so lovely to work with!

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Until next year!

Julie