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User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 18, 2017 6:46 PM (UTC)
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Potato Harvest this morning💥
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 17, 2017 6:10 PM (UTC)
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art + ag with Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander. Her poetry, plays and book address deep rooted issues in agriculture- succession, immigrants, land and more. @cactuswrenwrite and I sat down with her in her one-room Amish schoolhouse and talked about the intersections of art and agriculture- found on @itunes @stitcher_podcasts @soundcloud or the link in bio!
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 17, 2017 2:43 PM (UTC)
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@graygirlfarms recently married and is now mother to three boys under the age of 5 with a baby girl on the way. We talked a lot about the balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship – how she struggles to find her groove while tempering her ambition. She says it’s a full time job to just maintain the farms she has, but she really wants to do more and more.
. “I have been struggling horribly to find my groove. So many times this last year I have been trying to bury my entrepreneur heart, and just maintain what I have already been doing instead of doing any more.” Thank you, Kylie, for sharing the push and pull of being an entrepreneur and mother. ❤️ #graygirlfarmsseries #femalefarmerproject
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 15, 2017 6:20 PM (UTC)
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Kylie and I met up at the tractor dealership in town - I jumped in her truck so we could go grab a coffee and visit. The back seat filled with car seats, empty juice boxes and kids toys – we drove around to her different leased lots – one growing silage, the other home to butternut squash for a baby food company. She has plans to grow blueberries on her latest leased land. We visited her pinto bean field to check the beans to see if they were dry enough to combine. She was really proud of her bean crop. But after I left, the weather turned – the area received record rainfall and her crop was ruined.

#graygirlfarmsseries #femalefarmerproject
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 15, 2017 1:59 PM (UTC)
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Weather isn’t her only challenge; she struggles with things like the mechanics of her circles, and pumps. The pumps run a lot of high volt electricity to get the water into the circles. It is dangerous if you don't fully understand it. She doesn't. Being used to doing everything on her own, she says it was a hard lesson to learn to ask for help. “Once I finally admitted that to myself that I can’t do it all — it became easier to ask for help. It drives me crazy though. Something that takes my husband five minutes to fix, I could work on all day and still not understand. I am working on that though, you can’t learn it all over night.”
- @graygirlfarms
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 14, 2017 5:11 PM (UTC)
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Kylie is creative, and persistent. She scours public records looking for just the right land, ones that have lied fallow, have water rights, and power. Land that may have been passed down in family estates and just sit empty. She pays cash leases and grows mostly by contract. She also grows some cattle feed that she direct markets to the local beef producers, all while she builds a marketplace for her private label potatoes.
“All of my land I pay cash rent for. Some leases are long term leases. Some are year by year and based on commodity prices, I work it out with the land owner on how much I am going to pay each year. It is all irrigated ground, so we also pay water & electric costs. Obtaining ground to farm has been hard. I think my success ration is 1 yes to 50 no’s. It is really disheartening sometimes, and some nights I come home and think “I quit”. Then I wake up the next morning and just have to start back at it. I am already this far into it, so I don’t want to quit.”
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 13, 2017 9:46 PM (UTC)
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“I think to survive in the culture of farming you have to be willing to try new things. Some things may be easy and some are really hard. You just have to be prepared to try anything.” —•— @graygirlfarms
Kylie remembers the day like it was yesterday. It was when her father sold everything and retired from farming. She can still feel the emotional impact of knowing that he had lost his livelihood even though she didn’t understand the reasons.

After high school she attended the local community college to become a nurse, but when she became a single mom at 19 she quit school and found work with a seed sales company. Then one day, out of the blue – she decided she was done selling seed, she wanted to farm. She pursued one of her seed accounts for a growing contract for potatoes -- surprising everyone, they gave her a shot and awarded her a contract. In fact, so surprising and unexpected that she didn’t have anything ready, not even a farm. She scrambled, found land, and got started.

Looking back she shakes her head at how crazy it was, jumping in with both feet like that, especially as a single mom. But she had made the choice and was willing to do the work to make it happen.

User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 12, 2017 4:57 PM (UTC)
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I found four seconds of video! Those eyelashes.
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 12, 2017 4:37 AM (UTC)
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💡💡💡💡💡💡💡Thanks, Portland!💡💡💡💡💡
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 11, 2017 10:04 PM (UTC)
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She got up from her warm little nest to get some strokes and cuddles. There are no more pictures because I obliged. #babycowfever
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 11, 2017 7:31 PM (UTC)
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Kissing on the new baby at @godspeedhollow with @cathybarrow after a fabulous farmstead brunch. Thank you for the hospitality!
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 10, 2017 11:34 PM (UTC)
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First, check out this mural view from @katedecamont’s hotel room. Second, check out @mereleighfood’s new book!
I’m here in Portland to meat up with Kate and @grrlsmeatcamp to record a couple podcasts and see friends. 24 hours of !!!
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 10, 2017 4:39 PM (UTC)
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Its what happens when I get #280characters on Twitter 💁🏻
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 9, 2017 6:35 PM (UTC)
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@graygirlfarms shares the push and pull of motherhood and entrepreneurship in our latest farmer feature.

#femalefarmerproject #femalefarmer #ladyboss #babessupportbabes #womenowned
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 8, 2017 9:23 PM (UTC)
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🚨 New Podcast Alert! 🚨
In this episode, we take you to Ellen Rosmann's (@homegrownmum) front porch, and record this podcast live with kids stomping in mud puddles, cows mooing, pigs rattling the gates, and cats wrestling. Ellen even nursed her toddler while staying on message.
A few shots from our visit and behind the scenes are at the link. Plus you'll want to hear all about her food hub and farm-to-table cafe. This is a jam-packed one!
Link in profile!
#femalefarmerproject #femalefarmerprojectiowatour #femalefarmerpodcast #iowafarmer #womeninag
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 8, 2017 7:05 PM (UTC)
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Our FFP Podcast tee by @publicmarketgoods in the wild! Love it @olivefuller ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Isn’t it the softest?
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 8, 2017 1:13 AM (UTC)
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User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 7, 2017 8:36 PM (UTC)
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This is exciting news! Breanna is elected President of the @nationalffa!! Congratulations @breholbert30 - we are SO proud of you.
#thefutureisfemale #femalefarmerproject #blackgirlmagic #blackfarmers
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 5, 2017 10:00 PM (UTC)
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Statement of Purpose from my friend Dan Cautrell. Its around this time of year that I look at my mission statement and check in. Do you write a statement for your work, life, family?
User Image rootedinthevalley Posted: Nov 5, 2017 3:17 PM (UTC)
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Just texted this to my sleepy son.
His response? ‘Oops’. Guess he won’t finish mowing and raking today. 🌨❄️