Humans of Agriculture- Shelley’s Story.
“I am a working Mother . . . maybe not by traditional standards. I don’t commute to an office, I don’t earn a monthly paycheck, and my business attire usually involves wearing a cap.
I get up early . . . so I have a little time for myself before the boys wake up. My kids go with me each day. Often times, I drive a utility vehicle with two passengers in tow and other days I ride a horse. Depending on the season, I care for baby calves, check, move and work cattle, feed an assortment of animals that rely on me, and mow and nurture the grassy field I call my yard. I am also a chauffeur and cook . . . shuffling the boys from place to place and taking them on rural adventures while making sure our family has three healthy meals. I often get home late and realize that I have nothing prepared for dinner. . . I won’t even mention the mountain of laundry that waits for me. I feel like there is never enough time in the day, and I am constantly juggling life’s responsibilities.
I worry that I’m not giving my boys enough opportunities. I love them so much and just want the best for them. I sometimes fear that we spend too much time working and not enough time playing. Then, I look at the joy in their faces when we are together on the ranch doing what we love, and it is clear to me . . . my work is important, and I have job security.”
Shelley is the rancher behind your food, think of Shelley when you buy a beef pot roast or some steaks for the grill.
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