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