This month I celebrated my 20th birthday. To wish me a happy birthday, my mom posted a message on my Facebook wall along with pictures of me with my animals over the years. Her post got me thinking about the last two decades I have spent growing up on my family’s dairy farm. My sister,

What do we talk about in Michigan in the winter? The weather, of course! The winter storms that we Michiganders have endured this year have been pretty rough, nothing compared to last year, but still not easy. In this kind of cold and snow, we dress for the weather – warm boots, coats, hats, gloves

When the first big snowstorm of the season hit our corner of the state in early February, my husband and daughter climbed inside the cab of our tractor, equipped with a ten foot blade, and started plowing. Clearing all our driveways and barn entrances took some time, but after that was complete they set off

Valentine’s Day is always full of a lot of love. Dairy farmers are lucky because even if they do not have a significant other their lives are full of a lot of love from their bovine beauties. This love is not just shown on Valentine’s Day, we show it every day. Our cows are our

At the start of the New Year, everyone is optimist about their goals, ready to make big changes and start the year off right. Now that we are a few weeks into 2015, are you still as enthusiastic, or have you already given up? Statistics show that the #1 resolution is to lose weight, and

From the Farmer: Ag Clubs

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 by

Have you ever been overwhelmed with the amount of options for organizations to join in your community? There are sports clubs, drama organizations, churches, and quilting clubs to name a few. The agriculture industry is no exception to this. There are many different organizations to cover all areas from 4-H and FFA to AFA (Agriculture

When I was 11 I learned the hard way about eminent domain. The State wanted to build a connection between two other highways. To do this they would need to reroute our road…right through our living room. This would not be convenient to do math homework. So the state bought our land and we moved

Just two years ago, I walked down the aisle to the love of my life and the start of new beginnings.  While every couple is different, we are celebrating our anniversary with what very well could be our tradition for years to come.  Anniversary celebrations in the Heslip house include a home cooked meal, candlelight

About a year and a half ago, my husband and I purchased a dozen little peepers from Tractor Supply Company. We have always desired to raise responsible, humble, and hard-working young people so we thought to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, we need to put some responsibility on their shoulders. Just a

I call it the ‘gardening glut.’ There’s an overabundance of one crop from the garden and too few ideas on what to do with it. This year, one of the first things to test my creativity was Swiss Chard. I planted a diminutive row in early May. It sprouted quickly and has been lush and