Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau

Letters From Our Adopted Classroom

Every year, Illinois Farm Bureau pairs farmers with Chicago classrooms through their Adopt A Classroom program. The farmers and teachers work together to share letters, pictures, videos, and classroom visits to help give urban students a better understanding of agriculture and rural life. Last fall I signed up for the program and was paired with… Continue reading Letters From Our Adopted Classroom

Agriculture, Sunday Snaps

Sunday Snaps: February 4, 2018

Happy Superbowl Sunday! For some, today is a day full of food, friends, and football. For me, it's more about sweatpants and napping until the Halftime Show. My dogs and I have even taken to calling it Snooze-per-bowl Sunday. I'm just not a big sports fan, ok? I can't even confidently tell you what teams… Continue reading Sunday Snaps: February 4, 2018

Agriculture

Saying Goodbye to Belle

I've thought a few different times about how I would write this post. I've been preparing for it since the day I bought Belle. I didn't think I would have to write it so soon, but here we are. Living on a livestock farm, I've become all too familiar with the hard reality that our… Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Belle

Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau, Uncategorized

Flat Aggie Came to Visit!

We have had a very special visitor on the farm for the last two weeks! Flat Aggie, Flat Stanley's cousin, travels all over the United States visiting farms and ranches to learn about agriculture. We had the pleasure of hosting Aggie for a few weeks during farrowing season, so he learned all about the pigs… Continue reading Flat Aggie Came to Visit!

Agriculture

Ag Outside the Classroom

I miss teaching Ag in the Classroom. A lot. For me, Ag in the Classroom was so much more than a job. It was something I was truly passionate about. So I enjoy taking every chance I can to continue sharing information about agriculture. My blog and other social media accounts have provided me with… Continue reading Ag Outside the Classroom

Agriculture, Sunday Snaps

Sunday Snaps: February 5, 2017

Stop! If you haven't read my post, "Meet Belle," you should definitely go check it out before reading this one! It will help set the stage for my excitement from this week. I've been dying to write this post since Wednesday because my beautiful Belle finally had piglets! I almost cried when I discovered them!… Continue reading Sunday Snaps: February 5, 2017

Sunday Snaps

Sunday Snaps: January 22, 2017

If you follow me on Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram (@gracelynndale on all platforms), you may have noticed that I'm loving sharing quick snippets about the farm as often as I can. I think I may be going through Ag in the Classroom withdrawals, so I'm taking every opportunity to continue spreading knowledge of agriculture to… Continue reading Sunday Snaps: January 22, 2017

Agriculture

Pasture Raised vs. Barn Raised

If there's one thing I've discovered since starting my blog, it's that inspiration can sometimes be hard to find. I suppose I did kind of already know that, though, since inspiration was the hardest part for me when I used to paint. It would take me forever to come up with an idea, but once… Continue reading Pasture Raised vs. Barn Raised

Agriculture

Meet Belle

Guys! I made my first livestock purchase! And I'm so excited! Everyone, meet Belle! Belle is a 7 month old Spot gilt that I purchased last weekend at the CPS Summer Type Conference in Springfield. William has never raised Spots before, so this will be an adventure for both of us. And judging by what… Continue reading Meet Belle

Agriculture

Farming Isn’t Fun

Farming isn't fun. I know what you're probably thinking. "This girl always tries to prove how great farm life is, and now she's saying it's not fun. She has officially lost it." But it's true. It's not always fun. We've had a Crossbred gilt (a girl pig who hasn't farrowed yet) in the crate for… Continue reading Farming Isn’t Fun