Science & Medicine:Natural Sciences
It's Your Dream, Not Mine - Farm Transition - The View from the Farmer's Wife with Brandy Simpson (GFL23)
Today's episode is a special one. It is part one of a mini-series focusing on farm start up, but from the other side- not the side of the farmer, instead from the side of the farmer's wife.
It’s a conversation with Darby's wife Brandy and what it was like to be the farmer's wife and transition into farming in that role, as a mom of two young kids, and as someone who viewed their future not on a farm.
Think of Brandy as an avatar - the generic universal representation of the farmer's wife. As you listen to this episode, think about what she is saying, and think about what the other person in your life might say or be thinking.
Have you thought about that? Because you really need to.
As you will here in this episode a farming future wasn't the future that Brandy had envisioned for their family, and I think it's safe to say that it wasn't even in the proximity of the expected future.
And then one day it happened, the idea came up...
If we go back to when Darby started farming, it was at a time when he was up to his eyeballs in stress and frustration over his current job. And he needed a change, a change that was going to happen through farming. But he hadn't told his wife yet about what he was thinking of doing. What was she going to think?
In a lot of stories you only get one side of the story. The side coming from the person that had the idea, and made it happen.
But that all doesn't happen in a vacuum, there are always other people involved.
In this case, Darby had a wife and two very young kids. He wanted to farm, she didn't.
It was his dream, not hers.
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