One thing I have learned over the past year; to be a FarmHer you first and foremost must love what you do. You must love the land, your animals, the weather. You must care for your community and have a desire to feed you, your family and the people around you. I have seen all of this first hand as I have visited FarmHers…heck, I even put it on a T-shirt!
This newest featured FarmHer, Kellie Gregorich is no different from the rest. When I visited Kellie last November at their farm in eastern Iowa, it was 10 degrees out with a 20 mph wind making the wind’s chill below the zero mark. That morning on their farm, Kellie and her dad, Dave, were caring for their herd of beef cattle. No matter how bitter the cold, chores have to be done. Now, I have to say, they might have been done a little quicker without one FarmHer photographer following them along so I am grateful to them for their perseverance on that morning. The pictures turned out beautifully. One of the things I love about photographing FarmHers at different times of the day, in different climates is that the weather makes each shoot unique. Be it the wind, rain, hail, snow or sun, they all lend a beauty to the images that can’t be planned better if I tried.
My journey to that bitterly cold morning started months earlier, on a much warmer day last fall. On that day, I stumbled across a blog called Kellie for Ag. Something about Kellie hit a chord with me. Partly it was that she clearly had a true love for agriculture. Partly it was because she works along with her dad and I hadn’t photographed a FarmHer on a family farm yet. The rest was just a whim, a good feeling.
Kellie has an ag-communications degree, a full-time job with the Iowa FFA Foundation and she is involved in countless ag organizations as an advocate and even as a board member for the Iowa Women in Agriculture group. The list goes on. Kellie is a true FarmHer; loving the land and her livestock, caring for her community and working hard to feed the people!
Please visit the entire gallery to see more images of Kellie. You can also see a short story and images published in the February issue of Acreage Life magazine. When you're there, sign up for the free digital edition of the magazine so you can enjoy the featured FarmHer every month!