Posts Tagged ‘Agriculture’

Farm Favorite Friday: From City Lights to Starry Nights

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold No Comments

I am so excited to introduce you all to today’s Farm Favorite Friday author!

She grew up in Michigan and much like me had dreams of moving to the big city with no intentions of EVER settling down with a nice, young, farmer. Especially in Bureau County.

When I first met her, I’ll be honest, we were arch enemies. I think she’d agree with that too. You see, we wrote for competing newspapers and how could you be friends with the competitor? Well, one day while covering an event together (for our competitor papers), I found out she was dating a farmer. And it was in that moment, in that blustery parking lot, we clicked.

Goldie & Nick

Since then, she’s become my partner in crime, the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey.

So without further adieu, meet Goldie Currie as she narrates how one farmer flipped her world upside down (in a good way of course):

“It’s been eight months since I got engaged to my favorite farmer.

Some days I can’t believe I’m on the road to marriage, while other days I find myself at the calendar counting the days until our June 20, 2015 wedding.

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would grow up to be a farmer’s wife, I definitely would have laughed and assumed they were kidding.

I always imagined my future life tucked away in the big city dreams. I imagined myself being what many call a “city girl” — complete with a big closet full of fashion duds, an apartment overlooking the city and some sort of fancy event to attend to every night.

I’m a long way from that these days, and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. I can truly say I am where I’m suppose to be.

The Rapp FarmsteadMy fiancé lives on a farm just north of Princeton. The house is the one his father was raised in, therefore it has a lot of sentimental meaning to us.

I’ll be the first to say, I was nervous leaving my nice town house in downtown Princeton for the quiet, country life.

I wondered if it would feel lonely and empty without the chatter of kids biking by or motors from cars strolling through the streets or even those friendly waves to neighbors. But, guess what, I haven’t thought twice about those things since getting engaged. To be honest, I’m enjoying the peace and quiet. Looking out the windows over the summer, seeing the yard surrounded by corn stalks, gave me a sense of comfort and security, as I saw it as a border around my new little world.

Other than being on the farm, my life hasn’t changed that much as a “future farm wife in training.”

This past harvest season was my first one spent on the farm. It was exciting to see my fiance, his brother, and father all revved up and ready to get out to the fields for the day. The fall season is an exciting one for our family. I love riding in the combine, eating dinner in the fields as the guys take a quick rest, and listenening to them talk about how far along they are and which fields they will tackle the next day.

I feel lucky I get to be apart of this family, whose roots run deep in the agriculture world. I look forward to learning more throughout the years and getting to watch first hand how their farm progresses. I can’t wait to see what’s in store, and you never know,I might be the one out there driving one of those big, green combines someday.”

Goldie is currently the Senior Staff Writer at the Bureau County Republican.

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Who’s bringing the Daily Dirt anyway?

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold 1 Comment

If you’re anything like me, you want to know who is on the other side of the screen. Especially, when it comes to social media.

Well today, is your chance! Wonder no more!

Aside from growing up on a diversified livestock farm in small-town Illinois, I have found farming is in my blood. I just can’t get away from it.

Daily Dirt editor, Katlyn Rumbold.

Daily Dirt editor, Katlyn Rumbold.

However growing up, I took it all for granted. I had dreams of becoming a musical therapist, and I just knew I was going to get out of my small town and make something of myself. Because in my mind, one couldn’t make anything of themselves in small-town USA.

Well as I ventured outside of rural USA, I realized just how disconnected the average person is from the agricultural world. The things I took for granted like showing cattle, driving a tractor, trail riding, picking green beans in the summer, and making apple sauce in the fall, were foreign to so many. I was being drawn back into the agricultural world.

Fast forward a few years and here I am back in small-town Illinois, living on the home farm, dating a farmer (which I also said I’d never do — funny how that works), and loving every minute of it.

When not blogging or working on the family farm, I thrive on CrossFit, shopping for new boots (hey a girl can never have too many cowgirl boots), ABC’s The Bachelor (I’m a shameless addict), and of course cattle shows. There’s just something about being surrounded by so many beautiful cattle 😉

And if you’re lucky, you may get to virtually meet some of the other masterminds I get to work with on a daily basis. Because of it wasn’t for them Daily Dirt wouldn’t be near as juicy.

Until next time, happy trails!