Hey ya'll! Welcome back to another Ask Me About my Farm Series featuring the farmer's daughter, cancer survivor, and dog mom, Jessica. She's been so kind to open up and share her Ag story with us as well as the battles she has recently faced. Jessica is from my neck of the woods, (shout out to West Central IL!) and I'm going to let her take it from here!
WHO: Jessica Hart
WHERE: Adair, Illinois (west central Illinois)
FARMS WHAT: corn and soybeans and occasionally some wheat
JOB: Seed Specialist for Helena Chemical Co.
Active part of the family farm
FACT: The love of farming runs deep as a farmer's daughter and granddaughter
INTERESTS: Spending time and boating with family and friends at Lake of the Ozarks, Avid NASCAR junkie, renovating my 100+ year old farmhouse, "Mom" to three rescue dogs
Like so many other women, when I first saw Rosebud's tees, I just had to have one for myself...but how to choose which one?? I love a good graphic tee but have never really felt a connection with their messages...until I saw these. As I scrolled through all of the options, one jumped off the screen and smacked me right in the face...."Be Brave".
I grew up on a grain and livestock farm in west central Illinois. In addition to farming, my Dad worked in the retail fertilizer/chemical business. Seeing the respect that his customers had for him and his agronomic knowledge made a huge impression on me and inspired me to enter the same career path.
I have spent most of my life building my "farm girl" resume on our family farm. The older I got, the more jobs I acquired. There was always a bit of uncertainty and nervousness anytime I was given a crash course in doing something new for the first time....helping sort and vaccinate cattle, working ground, catching on the go at harvest, learning how to hook up and back a trailer. All of these things were intimidating to me at first, but once I did it, I had a great sense of accomplishment and I knew I had helped get things done. It was important to me when facing a tough situation, to always know how to accomplish what I needed to do without always having to find help. I had no idea how being brave when facing a new challenge head on and getting things done would become so important in my adult life.