Farm Girl Survival Tips

We know being a farm girl is the best, but it can also be a challenge. Whether you are new to farming or a lifelong farmer, it can be tough to juggle it all and be successful. There are times when you might feel like the only woman farmer in the world. But, you aren't alone. Here are our best farm girl survival tips!

Find a seasoned farmer who can help you as a mentor. The farmers who know have tips, common farm sense and advice.

Accept that some years are better than others. Even if you do everything right, things will go wrong. Don't be too hard on yourself. Farmers have to be optimistic and resilient.

Find a good group of friends as a support system and use them as a sounding board.

Be patient with yourself.

If you work off the farm as well, it may be tough to balance your career, relationship, parenting, etc. with the farm. You have to be okay with that. Prioritize.

Know your limits. Don't feel bad about asking questions, especially if something is new to you.

Whether it's at a dealership, the feed store, the extension office, or just asking your neighbor, it's good to have resources!

Jump in head first. There's no better way to learn than to do it!

When all else fails, Google it!

Don't let your ego get in the way. You won't be good at everything from the start.

Fix your barn cat so you don't end up with barn cats.

Learn Crock Pot recipes and freezer recipes and use them!

Watch and listen closely.

Be a part of the community.

Be ready for some hard work and long days!

Old equipment may not be the fanciest, but it is significantly cheaper. There's no shame in being smart with your investments.

Keep your faith, remember your dreams. Be thankful.

Always, always, always close the gate.

Don't take constructive criticism personally.

Get a shared calendar. Understand that the farm almost always comes first.

Get duct tape and baling wire and never leave home without it.

Don't feel bad when you realize how many four letter words are in your vocabulary.

If you have a tough day, let it go. If you have a great day, give yourself the credit you deserve.

Take it a little at a time.

Learn something new every day. Teach someone something every day.

If it rains, enjoy the rare quiet.

Have a plan B. And maybe C.

When estimating a project or a job, double the time and money you think it will take.

You will lose crops. You will lose animals. You will have bad days. But being a farmer is the best.

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Susan Galyon - Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 2:38:40 PM
Buy a power assisted grease gun. Our hands are not as big as men's and the power assist will make all your grease jobs easier but also better. Look online for operator/service manuals for older equipment and read for understanding. Take the manual with you to the farm shop and learn to maintain your own equipment. Learn to listen to your equipment. Your equipment has a certain sound if all is good and often a different sound if something is wrong. Learn to distinguish the different sounds of an engine or PTO under strain. Heed those sounds. Learn to change diesel fuel filters. It'll save you heart ache! Know that there are diesel fuel additives to combat water, rust or contamination, especially if you are using agricultural diesel. Newer tractors do not like the sulfur content of the ag diesel available locally to us. The extra dollar a gallon is worth it for the new machines to me.
Don't be afraid to be a resource if you know how to do something well and look for opportunities to mentor younger/less experienced women. Just a few of my tips from 45 years of farming.
Reba wenzel - Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:38:47 PM
That's very good advice. Tnx for sharing. And God Bless❤
Gin - Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:26:18 PM
ha ha love the comment that you need to double the time and money you think it will cost thats what I always do. Just double it haha
Meg - Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:15:33 PM
That is a great list, I'm going to print it out and hang it in the office!!
Thank you
Marcy - Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:13:22 AM
Take care of yourself first. You can't pour from an empty cup. And learn to vacation alone or with sisters or friends if you can't get him off the farm.Great List! Thanks for sharing.

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