I actually didn’t know one single thing about raising poultry when I first started my job 18 years ago! I was, however, a farm girl with an agriculture background – my parents were and still are crop farmers in southwestern Minnesota, along with my brother now, as well. My small town roots definitely helped me make immediate connections and while I don’t raise any poultry myself, I learned quickly how challenging and rewarding being a poultry farmer (no matter how many chickens, turkeys or egg laying hens you have) can be.
I love sharing the stories of agriculture I see – both professionally and personally — through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Plus, a year ago I started my own blog, My Other More Exciting Self, which has been a true labor of love for me. I absolutely love to blog and I share a variety of posts and photos, from recipes and gardening to stories from my family’s farm and information and myth-busting about chickens, eggs and turkeys. In fact, many of my most popular posts are about poultry, and I have found that people have a lot of questions and are curious about poultry and eggs.
I’ve learned that social media is a wonderful place to meet people, ask (and answer!) questions about farming and agriculture and have conversations about our food and food systems. Although my work experience tends to be with larger, conventional-type poultry farmers and companies, I appreciate agriculture of all shapes and sizes. Too often I’ve seen agriculture splinter itself (for example – conventional vs. organic or big vs. small). I don’t think this helps anyone or any industry and I feel strongly that we do more good working together than trying to split each other apart.