If you don't already know Krista (aka the Farmer's Wifee), you
are about to know...and love her. Krista is from Eastern Washington
where she grew up in a logging community. Krista got into farming
when she married her husband. While Krista didn't grow up on a
farm, she and her husband are no stranger to agriculture; both of
them have had family that was involved in the dairy business.
Krista's great grandmother had a dairy farm and her husband grew up
on a dairy farm. They now run a dairy operation called Stauffer
Dairy, with somewhere between 130-150 cows. The breeds they have
are jerseys, Holsteins, and crosses.
Krista's favorite thing about running a dairy operation is that
she gets to spend all here time with her family. In her job, she
gets to work with her husband and children every day! When she is
not farming, Krista enjoys her time as a mom. "There is hardly
anything that doesn't involve my kids. They are in sports, swim
lessons, involved with our local fair, etc. So when it is not the
farm, I am in mommy mode and I love it. As far as just me-time, if
I get it, I love to take photos and just got a new camera for
mother's day. I love to shop as well even if it is just looking."
Krista also blogs at thefarmerswifee.com and is a passionate
advocate for farmers and for women in agriculture!
Joining the dairy industry has not been an easy transition. The
biggest challenge for Krista is not having a heavy farm background.
"I did not know quite what went into farming having to realize real
quick that once I made that commitment, the farm is number one
especially with livestock. It can be draining at times yet the
simplest things can make it all worth it. Having to have our family
plan events around us milking or putting up feed is a little
tough." Being a woman in agriculture is a full time job for this
devoted mom. "I love to be a wife, mother and business partner with
my husband. I love to work side by side with him. When my kids tell
other kids that "my mom drives tractors" and the other kids' eyes
Krista believes that women in agriculture need to encourage each
other and try to be as involved on the farm as possible. "I think
being a woman in agriculture is very important and if I could
encourage other farm women to do one thing it would be to get out
there and learn everything if you haven't already. Drive that
tractor, be involved in business decisions, share your thoughts if
you think there should be changes, etc. My husband has told me
numerous times that some of the most positive changes we have made
on our farm is because of me." Krista is a strong voice for women
in ag and shows us what taking on those hot button topics can do
for the industry!
We are thrilled to have Krista on our site today! For more about
our favorite Farmer's Wifee, check her out on Facebook or on her website!