If you are a woman and a farmer, you’ve probably experienced the crossroads where lovely femininity intersects with rugged farm life. It is a beautiful but complicated line that we walk each day as farm girls, balancing who we are and the work that we do.
Being a farm girl is a good, challenging, and fulfilling lifestyle, and there are some things in life that can be experienced no other way than farming. The Polyface Farm chicks and I had fun thinking of what makes us farm girls. What makes you a farm girl?
You Know You’re A Farm Girl If…
you feel lost without your leatherman multi-tool – cows make you happy – you find yourself doing spontaneous animal impersonations – dirt is your daily make-up – you have singed your hair on a brooder hover – you wear muck boots into town – you sing while gathering eggs – you don’t want to eat anything you haven’t grown – you find hay down your shirt at the end of the day – your idea of a late night is 9:30 p.m. – your high heels give away your rural roots as you plod down the street – you love farm boys – your arms and legs are different shades in the summertime – you have dirt under your fingernails & your idea of a manicure is to cut them shorter – you find bobby pins, lip balm, drill bits, water nipples, and nails in your pockets – you get excited when you find a really cute flannel shirt – your hands are cut-up and calloused – you refer to farm animals with terms of endearment, such as “honey,” “babe,” and “darlin’.” – you daydream about being Laura Ingalls Wilder – you are thrilled with work gloves that fit your hands!– you wear your pajamas under your overalls – you change clothes in a hoophouse after getting soaked fixing a pig waterer – you talk to tractors – after re-doing your hair for the third time that morning, you give up on appearances and tell yourself you’re just a farm girl