Like I’ve said before, belt buckles are quite often the prize in a rodeo. And these are no ordinary belt buckles. They are works of art, a badge of honor, and can even be a right of passage when you earn your first one. You have to remember that a skilled craftsman is behind each one of those beauties.
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Wake Robin Farm in Central New York has been in the Schrader family for 40 years. They have grown from 4 cows to about 40. That might sound small to you, but as the Schraders say, “All farmers put their boots on the same way, are affected by the weather, and work hard to make a living. We believe that there are more similarities than differences among farms, regardless of size.”
To be perfectly honest, there were a number of things that stuck out to me as I watched Meg perform her daily milking routine one crisp evening. Despite the many similarities between dairy farms, large and small alike, there are some undeniable benefits of shopping small and local.
- The Schraders love their cows. They’re like pets—friends even. You can virtually meet them here. Trust me, these cows are loved and cared for with great attention to detail.
- The milk goes from udder to jug in less than 18 hours. Now that is fresh!
- The Schraders make small, handmade batches of yogurt and cheese from their cows’ milk. Take a look at the different varieties, and yes—cheese curds made the list.
Most people get their milk from a grocery store, who more than likely get it from a large dairy farm. Maybe it’s time to do some research and find the best way to shop local in your area. Support small farmers and families who devote their lives to creating quality products honestly, all while loving their plot of earth and animals. It’s a great way to impact the landscape around your community and preserve farmland.
Meg is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock Neck Vest, Huron Shirt, Austel Hat, & Series 1889 Slim Double-Front Denim Dungaree.
We can all rejoice. Spring is finally here! Goodbye gray skies, hello colors of the rainbow! After such a long, chilly winter, it’s a great time to celebrate with gardening or a new craft you’ve been putting off. Get outside. Start a few projects. Sweat a little. Carhartt Force Performance Quarter-Zip is the ideal work shirt for times like these. It fights odor, wicks sweat, and has stain breaker technology. For those spring showers, Carhartt Rain Defender is the way to go. The Rockford Windbreaker is lightweight and water repellant. It’s lined, hooded, and a sharp piece to add to your work wardrobe. The Force Equator Hat is not only a Force item, but also water repellant with Rain Defender technology. You’ll stay dry as it repels water, wicks sweat, and prevents stains. Now go ahead and get your color on, folks!
Meet the Lamm family. These nature lovers have a creative way to tell their loved ones they’re expecting. Hooray! The snow will be melted by the time you get here, baby Lamm, but I’m sure you’ll still put those Carhartts to good use.
Take a look at coveralls for the whole family: for mom, for dad, and the little ones.
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It’s not the size of the helper that matters, it’s the size of their heart. Meet Dallis. She just turned one and loves to pitch in on her family’s farm in Hawaii. Dallis is wearing a handmade headband, crafted with love by her mom, Haley who writes Ripped Jeans & Glitter.
Like the overalls Dallis is wearing? Take a look at them here.
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Caring for animals is a fulltime job. For Arianne Perlinski, it’s a lifestyle. She looks after 60+ head of horses, 125+ head of cows, 75 head of calves, 250+ head of rams and weekly monitors of an additional 180 head of cows and 180 head of calves and approximately 2000 head of ewes and lambs. It’s all in a day’s chores for a Certified Veterinary Technician at Montana State University. This hard working woman doesn’t stop there. Arianne is also on 2 national disaster veterinary teams (NVRT5-National Veterinary Response Team and VMAT5-Veterinary Medical Assistance Team) that are deployed on a national level in a state of emergency or disaster.
When you have a soft spot for animals as much as Arianne does, it can be expected that same affections carry over into off-the-clock hours as well. With 8 horses and 3 cats of her own, she’s always in the company of a four-legged friend. The animal-loving life requires a lot of hard work. Under the Big Sky of Montana, you’re in for some cold mornings, covered in mud.
Here are a few bits of advice from Arianne if you hope to follow similar footsteps:
- Dedication, pride and hard work pay off. The more you put into a hard day of work, the more you get out of it. There is nothing better than being able to sit back and watch a beautiful sunset after a long day of hard work…the sweat and dust will wash off, but the sense of pride and accomplishment will last a lifetime.
- Women have the ability to do anything…put your heart and soul into your work, dig in and get it done.
- Organization and planning ahead are huge, being able to shift from plan A to plan B without hesitation or frustration is even bigger. When working with livestock, you have to be able to adjust and shift to make things work. Livestock don’t read the rulebooks. They don’t work Monday-Friday 8-5. It’s a 24 hour-7 days a week job. That can be the most frustrating, but yet the most rewarding job/lifestyle out there.
Check out Arianne’s outfit: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Vest, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, & Relaxed-Fit Canvas Kane Dungaree.