Words to Grow By: From Women Who Love to Farm
Hunger To meet the demands of modern agriculture, Donna Biddle, Karen Meyer and Audrey Donahoe are passionate advocates of working hard, being family-focused and planning ahead.
Donna Beadle, who has a 10-acre hobby farm with horses and dogs and loves “country life”, says, “We aren’t afraid to dig in and get our hands dirty."
“We aren’t afraid to dig in and get our hands dirty."
Women have always been socially seen as caretakers which translates over to many of the major aspects in agriculture whether it be tending to fields or caring for farm animals.
That willingness to “get their hands their hands dirty” has led to tremendous success. Karen Meyer, a 4th generation farmer and mother of four, has worked with her husband to grow Falling Star Farm, a 50-year-old family farm, into a thriving dairy farm.
In 1985, they purchased a chicken hobby hatching business—and have grown it into Meyer Hatchery, a 30-employee operation that hatches over 1 million chicks per year and boasts over 160 varieties of poultry.
For Audrey Donahoe, a fifth-generation dairy farmer and mother of six, who owns ATRASS farm with husband, innovation is part of the plan.
“Our cows’ health and comfort is our #1 priority. We are environmentally conscious and grow our own feed. When our son came home from college, he brought new ideas and a refreshing change to our goals.”
Indeed, these women are constantly setting goals that change every year; but some things stay the same, notably their love of their land, their families and their way of life.