I’ll never forget my first CPR class. A fellow class member was a woman who owned a farm and served as a first responder in her rural town. When I was out of breath, tired and interested in taking a break from the simulation, she wouldn’t let me. She encouraged me to work harder, coached

It was 6 a.m. on March 31. I didn’t need a clock to tell me – my whole body knew. The whole community had been preparing for this moment for two weeks. In fact, 6 a.m. was late for some. Trucks in northeast Michigan were already warmed up and ready to drive to southwest Kansas.

Paying it forward

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 by

“Paying it forward.” Those three little words have become a catch phrase. Some people use it while in line at a fast food restaurant. Once in a while at the gas station or grocery store. Farmers and ranchers aren’t usually the demographic associated with those three little words.  However, over the last few days and

Archive Tweetchat with @AccidntlFarmGrl: Dec. 20, 2016 Format for this chat: 1) Intros, 2) Discussion w/ @AccidntlFarmGrl & 3) Ask your own Qs. W/ each response, tweet Q number & #migrownmigreat Q1: First, please introduce yourself, where you’re from & what you’re eating. #migrownmigreat AccidntlFarmGrl: Q1: @MichAgCouncil Hi, my name is Allyson Maxwell, I’m from

Thankful for my hands

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 by

When I look at this picture I see hardworking hands…these hands have been together for over 40 years. We just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on July 24, 2016. Our hands were much softer looking and at least my hands had been manicured for our wedding day. Chuck’s hands were literally bleached by his sister

Planting wheat

Friday, 07 October 2016 by

Have you ever wondered about how wheat is planted in Michigan? What about driving by large equipment in fields and wondered what it’s all for and how it all works? Mike Milligan, a Michigan farmer who raises wheat on his family’s farm, walks through some of what’s involved in planting wheat. Topics Mike covers include:

Sugarbeet harvest

Friday, 07 October 2016 by

Have you ever wondered how a sugarbeet is harvested, ultimately showing up in our houses as beautiful sugar for all our favorite recipes? Last week, Charlie Bauer, a Michigan farmer from the Thumb, hosted a ridealong with program coordinator Elaine Bristol. Virtually step inside the harvester cab and hear about sugarbeet harvest directly from a

Growing up on a Michigan farm

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 by

Growing up on a dairy farm since I was 7 years old has been a blessing. Living on a farm with animals entails a large amount of responsibility even as a young person. When I was very young, my parents owned and managed a farm with beef cows. I loved walking through the pastures to

The truth about farming

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 by

Recently there was a news story shared from my hometown about chickens that were lost during a heat index at the start of the Osceola County Fair. 4-H’ers tried their best to cool chickens by having fans, water and ice surrounding the birds. I’m not writing to complain about the article or to make up

Since July is one of the hottest months in Michigan, a break for a delicious bowl of ice cream is essential! We often think about how we can keep cool, but how often do we think of how dairy cows stay cool? Although the cows on the farm don’t get ice cream breaks, they get