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Farmers show daily life, hard work in online diary
“Monday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work.” That’s a post on the Farmer’s Diary blog from Butler County Farm Bureau member and dairy farmer Rosemary Beeler, as she tells about her day on the farm. She is one of 32 Butler County Farm Bureau volunteers sharing their stories.
“The idea for the ‘Farmer’s Diary’ came out of discussions during the county’s reorganization meeting,” said Rita Beiser, Butler County’s Center for Food and Animal Issues action team leader. “Our goal is to promote a positive image of agriculture. We thought a blog or a daily diary of a farmer’s day would show the good care we take of our animals and our land."
The Farmer’s Diary blog is posted on Butler County Farm Bureau’s webpage. Visitors to the site can learn about early mornings on a dairy farm, what it takes to repair a tractor or the planning that goes into spring planting. They can get a sense of the closeness of the farm family as they finally sit down together for a late evening meal. Followers of Butler County Farm Bureau's Facebook page can also connect to the blog.
“The feedback we are getting has been very positive, saying the diaries are interesting and informative,” said Beiser. “We want to help educate and explain our practices to the non-farm public. As farmers, if we don’t work to promote a positive image of agriculture, who will?”
The Farmer’s Diary project started in November and will continue through next August.
Find out what’s happening with your county Farm Bureau by visiting the Ohio County Pages section.
Photo credit: Photo from the Diary of Gail Lierer