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
Jump in head first. There's no better way to learn than to do
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
Get duct tape and baling wire and never leave home without
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
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.