Do you want to know more about your food and where it comes from? A group of women from the Animal Science Department on the U of A campus, along with other women in agriculture want to invite moms and other ladies with or without backgrounds in agriculture or farming to come with us on tours of beef and dairy farms in NWA.
We want to give women a chance to see up-close where their food comes from. Join other women to learn more about where the food you buy begins, and get new ideas about how to prepare locally grown meals.
Our most recent trip was Saturday, April 13, from 8am to 4pm. We traveled in a bus from the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena in Fayetteville to two farms. Participants visited beef, poultry, and dairy farms.
Afterwards, we returned to campus for cooking demonstrations by the Arkansas Cattlewomen in the U of A Home Economics building.
Tour Hedge Farm
Marsha and her husband and veterinarian, Dennis Hedge moved to Lincoln in 1993, purchasing the farm where their home is. In order to support their cow/calf and hay operation, Dennis implemented many practices to rehabilitate the pastures and hayfields to grow the small herd. They purchased additional acreage when it became available.
After his accidental death in 1999, Marsha decided to stay on the farm. She was active as a real estate agent and ran a craft business out of the home. In time, she bought 2 properties adjacent to the farm, selectively culling and growing the herd; raising replacement heifers from the original 17 head to 100 head of momma cows by 2008.
The last 2 years of drought have forced the reduction of the herd size to approximately 40 cow/calf pairs. Marsha hopes to build the herd back up again, but with little hay put up and pastures devastated by drought, it will take some time and effort.
The children are grown and gone from home now, yet Marsha’s goal is to continue to hold the acreage together and maintain the cow herd. She currently works as a medical transcriptionist from home and substitute teaches while attending night class to complete a non-traditional teaching certification program. She said “If I were independently wealthy, I would be content to continue to work solely on the farm, but conditions necessitate I adapt to the current circumstances and see what time will bring”.
Susan Anglin of Triple A Dairy
I became “City girl gone country” when I married a third generation dairy farmer twenty six years ago. My Bachelor of Science degree in nursing has been used every day raising my two sons and caring for baby calves. I have spent my time working on the farm, caring for my family, volunteering for 4-H and Farm Bureau. Blogging is my attempt to share what we do on the farm to provide safe and affordable food and educate anyone that will listen about how important agriculture is to our daily lives. Faith, family, and farm--my life is full of truth, treasures, and transitions. Thanks for visiting my blog Spotted Cow Review and sharing in my life experiences!
Do you think that you would be interested?
There is no cost and lunch will be provided.
For more information visit my blog:
Moms at the Meat Counter
Call 870-688-4247 or 479-575-4115
or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
If you want to join us, just contact me and I’ll get you on the list.
Thanks so much,
Janeal Yancey, Ph. D.
University of Arkansas
Division of Agriculture
Animal Science Department
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