Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rural Woman Transplanted

I’m so excited! We will be featuring some fantastic women this week. Before we get started, I just want to tell you ladies that at times I’m a real heel. I want to take a bit to apologize this morning for not slowing down to show more appreciation. I get to going in so many directions, I sometimes forget my own name (not to mention my kids names). I’m not proud of this. I get to moving to quickly through the motions, checking things off, and stuffing important things into the minute crannies of my life. Please be patient with me if you can. Reading this post this morning just kicked me in the rear- I'm not thankful enough for you ladies. What amazing things you bring to the table. This site wouldn’t exist with out you. I am honored RWR can represent such wonderful women. I'm humbled. Thank you ladies for your time and interest. I’m loving it…  - Kasse D.

Hello! My name is Tera Dover and I want to start by affirming that rural women indeed rock. I know that you all know that because, after all, this is a community of some pretty rockin' women. Secondly, I wanted to thank Kasse for letting me guest post, because
I'm a little different from most of you.
 
I consider myself a farm girl and absolutely love the rural life, but am currently a city dweller. Technically, I live outside the city limits of a small city with a population of over 160,000. The metropolitan area population exceeds 400,000. Our neighborhood is bordered by one side with a wooded area and there are some deer and other wildlife that make an appearance from time to time. Some of my neighbors consider our "rural" neighborhood living the country life. I don't mean to take anything away from them, but I know what rural life really is.
 

So why would I consider myself a rocking rural woman today? It's simple I love agriculture and believe that we must tell the story and fight for its truths. I am fortunate that my job allows me to work with farmers every day. I am encouraged to spend time on my customer's farms and keep up with all the news and happenings of rural life. My husband, although for a different company, is encouraged to do the same. We are proud to be a part of agriculture through our employment at farmer owned cooperatives. Both of our jobs, in some fashion, offer support to the rural community. We have chosen out of convenience to live near my employer.

Our choice has given us lots of opportunities to educate and share rural life culture with our neighbors. As you all know, the numbers of farms is shrinking and many consumers will never even step foot on a farm. Once they realize we may actually know some truths, they ask questions. For example, sometimes my husband brings farm equipment and trailers home at night (the kids in the neighborhood are amazed) and we get to share what he has and how it works. We also get to share stories of our own experiences and our work life to humanize what it takes to get something on the grocery shelf.

You guys all do a really good job of raising our food, fiber, and fuel. You also have found great methods to share your story. My family is just an extension of that. We get to tell the story to many people who you may never have a chance to meet.

I'm a rural woman transplanted to city life. I miss farm life and hope to have the opportunity to one day return, but for now my husband and I are working and raising our family with a rural state of mind. We hope that our lives and knowledge rub off on those around us. My two year old told my dad today, "Granddad, I'm a farm girl." This rocking rural woman couldn't have been prouder.

Aubree's First time in Granddad's Chicken House

Are there people outside of your rural life that help create and tell your rural story?

(My blog, Doverjoyed, is mostly filled with the stories from raising my daughters and includes the challenges of teaching them rural life living amongst all the city folk. I have become inspired by many of you to share more on the lessons I learned as a kid on the farm and the ones I experience now. Thanks for the inspiration and follow Doverjoyed to see my progress. If you are reading this post on my blog, check out Rural Women Rock .)

2 comments:

  1. Tera, it's great to hear your story! You're a true rural woman at heart. You have a lot to share with your neighbors. I hear from people in all types of urban and suburban situations that want to know how they can raise a little food in their backyards or even on their apartment balconies. Farm animals like chickens and rabbits can be raised in many neighborhoods. I'm sure you are a gold mine of inspiration and information in your community. Your daughter shows us that! Marie

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  2. Thanks Marie! In our city you are allowed to raise chickens within the city limits and you're right it has brought a lot of curiousity to the neighbors. If you couldn't tell from the picture of my daughter, I was raised on a contract family poultry operation. My experiences have opened up many opportunities to share the heart of agriculture.

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