My Day on the Farm

I didn’t exactly grow up on a farm. I was born and raised in Los Angeles where lot sizes are measured in square footage, not acreage, and it might take you an hour and a half to drive 10 miles.  Despite that, we had a milkman, and I distinctly remember a school field trip to a dairy farm when I was in the 3rd grade. But I never had much interaction with farmers, farming, or agriculture – none really. I grew up in the city, and while I had great opportunities and learned a lot about a lot of different things, I learned very little about where the food in our refrigerator and on the dinner table came from. I didn’t know any farmers.  (A longer version of my story – city girl turned farmer-advocate – was published 6/26 on the Just Farmers Blog Site)

So I was thrilled when almost two years ago I had the opportunity to go work for dairy farmers and really learn a bit more about farming and where our food comes from. My favorite part about working for dairy farm families is getting to know them and visit their farms. Last month, I was able to spend 24-hours with one of Utah’s young dairyman, Trent Bown, his wife Holly (photographer extraordinaire), their dogs, cows, cats, and baby raccoons. While I went into my “farm adventure” thinking that I would be helpful, I quickly realized that my lack of farm experience and my limited time on the dairy greatly limited my effectiveness. But…I had a great visit, learned a lot, rode in a tractor AND a back hoe, and spent time with some of Utah’s finest people. Here is a glimpse of my experience:

Old-time flood irrigation fields are being transitioned to circular pivots that use less water and offer greater yield.

Abandoned by their mother in a field, Trent’s Uncle is raising these baby raccoons.

Creating little “pockets” in the field between corn rows allows for better water saturation. Given the very little rain Utah has seen this summer, this is essential! (Yes, I was IN the tractor)

The Bown’s beautiful fresh water source (and swimming hole) from an underground aquifer.

Watering – much of the late June day was spent managing irrigation on 1200 acres of farm ground.

The sun setting over Yuba Resevoir

Newborn Twins!

Herd Health Day. Dr. Harding prepares to remove a growth from this cow’s eye.

Summer on the farm

Learn more about Trent and Holly Bown on their Blogs:
Us Farm Guys
This Enchanted Life

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    Kristi how could you not give Trent a little nudge when he was bent over the Headgate? I’m sure he was hot and needed to cool off!

    August 8, 2012 at 10:18 am
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    haha…if only i had thought of that in the moment.

    August 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

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