Meet Rita Herford, a diversified Michigan farmer who grows soybeans, edible dry beans, wheat, corn & sugarbeets. She talks about several things including:

  • Finding time for family during farmwork hours
  • Having a baby [quickly] during planting season and self-employed “maternity leave”
  • Managing expectations for a 2-year-old who expects the fair to be like a movie
  • Getting an email from The White House and clearing a schedule during harvest season
  • How sports medicine and physical therapy goals turned into agricultural research and sales, which then turned into farming fulltime and wondering where time has gone
  • A dream day including behaved children and no cooking or cleaning
  • The farmkid shuffle if they’re sick on a weekend
  • Breaking stereotypes of peoples’ images of a farmer
  • Combining households upon marriage…and then making changes after babies are born

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