The old adage that we all need to find ‘Work – Life – Balance’ tends to be thrown out the window when thinking about balancing my office job, farming and family. It is not that we don’t have degrees of balance work and family time, it is just that when farming is involved; it tends to be an all-encompassing lifestyle.
Not to say we farm for a lifestyle; however, the farm is a business and tends to be a major item of unpredictability; it could be in regards to weather, the broken piece of equipment or the final push to get crops harvested and livestock marketed. I continue to say “we” as I farm with my husband Clair Doan and my young children are of help too.
However, the reason we combine farming and outside employment is twofold. First, on our farm it is a financial necessity and secondly, we don’t know any different. Working combined with farming is something we have always done because we enjoy the challenges of working with people off farm and the rewards of growing food and working with nature.
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