Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Motivation: Why I Farm Roadtrip Week 37

Today is dreary, icy and cold. I'm still battling whatever bug has been going around this winter and I'm just plain tired. 

When today's Monday Motivation popped up on my blog calendar, I knew it this was something I needed to hit publish on for myself more than anyone else. But, if you happen to need an extra shot of inspiration today, I think you'll find plenty in these three Wisconsin farmers' stories.

Wisconsin farmer: Shellie Zweifel
 "My parents have always farmed. I’ve always farmed. Why do I farm? My passion is here, my heart is here. I went to college, I’ve tried to experience something different. I fed calves for a guy, working for somebody else just for something different. That’s just not for me. Working other places, you’re basically clocking in and clocking out. Yeah, you’ve got to have your heart for that to be a good employee, but at the same time, it's not yours. I’d rather have my own stuff. I can do whatever I want. And the biggest thing is, there’s a lot of guys out there that said I should go into public relations. Why go into buying cattle? Or farming in general? Well, I’m going to prove them wrong." - Shellie Zweifel of Shullsburg, Wisconsin 

Wisconsin farmer: Carrie Mess
"This right here. How do you give up on your girls, the cows? When you say, Why I Farm, for me it’s totally the cows. I just love working with them, being around them, getting to know them. I enjoy getting in the tractor and doing field work too, but I’m a cow person. That’s huge. I always loved horses. I did the rodeo and stuff, but there was always something that wasn’t quite a 100% right match for me. And then I found cows. It was like, ‘Oh! Okay, that’s what I’m supposed to do.’ That’s what gets me going every day and why I started agvocating." -Carrie Mess of Dairy Carrie in Milford, Wisconsin

Wisconsin farmer: Wayne Edgerton
"Farming brings me back. I grew up on a dairy farm not too far from here. I lived in the Twin Cities for over thirty years. We moved back, my wife also grew up here. We have walnuts, hickory nuts, chestnuts, and the hazelnuts. We got into this business, basically because we wanted to do something with the land other than conventional agriculture. I didn’t want to be plowing it, and planting it and disking it every year. I wanted to get into some kind of permanent agriculture. I also like the idea of locally grown food and having something that we can sell to local folks for their restaurants or for their own eating enjoyment. It gives us something to do in our retirement. Planting stuff, watching it grow, being excited every spring about something. It’s that excitement that in the winter time you’re planning, and then it’s go, go, go in the spring and then waiting for the harvest. Is it going to be good? Bad? You’re watching the weather. The whole appreciation of what’s going on in the world. It was the link to the land. That’s what I missed." -Wayne Edgerton of Nuts Edge in Tomah, Wisconsin

This week's post challenges me to do everything with passion and heart. I hope you've been motivated to do the same. Happy Monday! Thanks for reading!


  1. Why do you not have a 'label' on your blog for Kansas? I was trying to see if/who you have visited in our fine state during your journeys.

    1. I recently visited Kansas, but haven't published anything from those visits yet. The first Kansas farmer features will come out on, so keep an eye out there. Thanks!