Welcome and thank you for checking out my blog!
I want to start by telling you a little bit about my life, family and work. I am a 5th generation Dutch dairy farmer. I grew up on my family dairy in New Mexico my whole life. After earning my degree in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona, I moved back to New Mexico, got married and accepted a position as an environmental scientist. We farm on our family dairy along with all of my husband’s family. Our lives were filled with a little more love by the addition of our two beautiful girls! And while life is full of ups and downs, I absolutely love going through life with my family.
My role as environmental scientist on our family dairy and my clients’ dairies, is to assist with environmental compliance at state and federal levels. I love having the ability to work from home. This allows me to be at home with my girls while helping farmers become more sustainable. In my spare time I volunteer as president of United Dairy Women which supports our local area children’s homes that are not funded by the state.
If you check out my Instagram or are already a follower, you know I love to travel and love bring my children along with me! Traveling with two little ones has its challenges, but I have found the best classroom is real world experience. With that being said, on my blog you can expect to see a little bit of everything: the day-to-day life of a dairy farmer, motherhood, dairy good recipes, environmental stewardship, charity work and travel. I am driven by my passion and try to pull that passion into everything I write.
I began sharing my story because I often found that many people have several misconceptions about farmers/farming, seeing farmers as dumb rednecks and farming as a “bad guy” industry. This is a huge misconception that I would like to change through sharing the experiences I have everyday. Technology and agriculture are two words that together tend to scare people and it shouldn’t. The modern day dairy farmer is a college graduate receiving degrees ranginging from animal science, agricultural economics, environment science, and many others. Farmers ensure their cows are given the best of care by hiring a nutritionist, veterinarian, agronomist, environmentalist, etc helping them to make the best decisions for their farms. Like all modern industries, dairies are embracing technology to improve herd health, reduce water use, increase sustainability and so much more. It is important for people to not only know where their food comes from, but how and why it is being made the way it is. Our dairy is a large dairy, but that doesn’t change the fact it is family owned and operated. Our #1 priority is the care we give to our cows.
Dairy farming is not just a job to us, it is a way of life. We put our hearts and souls into our cows and our land. So I hope you will follow me on my journey as I share my story about dairy farming with you.
Udderly in love with dairy,
New Mexico Milkmaid