Celebrate the 4th Annual International Day of Rural Women

By Kimmi Devaney

Farmers work hard year round to provide us with wholesome, nutritious food for your family. For many, this is a 24/7/365 job. However, let’s not forget about the women of the operation.

On many farms, women work side by side with their husbands and families. My Granny is a great example of this. She was a city girl from Tacoma, Washington, who married a dairy farmer from Enumclaw, Washington. My Grandpa worked at the mill and ran the farm. While he was at the mill, she would clean the barn, get things ready for the next milking and do anything around the farm that needed to be done. She even did this when she was pregnant with my mom, aunt and uncle. It took both of them to successfully run the farm. Today, my grandparents are in their 80s and while we don’t milk cows anymore, we still have the farm and cows to eat down the pastures. Granny spends much less time in the barn now, but she’s still the glue that holds our family together.

Why am I telling you this?

Rural women are an essential part of society. As you can see from Granny’s story, many farms could not survive without the help of both the husband and wife.

In fact, the world has been celebrating the International Day of Rural Women on October 15th every year since its creation in 2008. This day recognizes the role of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

Television, radio, online, and print media broadcast or publish special features to promote the day. Panel discussions, research papers, and conferences are also held to review and analyze rural women’s role in society, particularly in areas such as economic improvement and agricultural development.

Other activities and events held to promote the day include:

  • Global exchange programs for women in agriculture.
  • The launch of fundraising projects to support rural women.
  • Expos and workshops showcasing rural women’s contribution to their societies.
  • Strategic meetings to present issues on topics, such as empowering women farmers, to policy makers.

Some world leaders inspired by this initiative previously proclaimed October 15th as International Rural Women’s Day, drawing special focus on the role of rural women in their countries.

Believe It! Oct 12th – International Moment of Frustration Scream Day!

By DeDe Hausmann

Have you ever just been fed up for one reason or another and you just wanted to SCREAM.  On October 12th you can just let loose—-yes, there’s a day set aside for us to let out all of our frustrations!!!!

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National School Lunch Week – Let’s Grow Healthy

National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is October 10-14, 2011.  The theme is “Let’s Grow Healthy”. “School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy” will help students understand where food comes from while highlighting the overall benefit that school lunch helps kids grow strong and healthy. The NSLW 2011 theme provides the opportunity to try something new and promote locally sourced foods. From a harvest-of-the-month menu to a school garden to a meet-the-farmer educational presentation and much more, there’s a farm-to-school model or activity that can fit the needs of any school or district!

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You’re It! American Touch Tag Day

October 8 is American Touch Tag Day – a day to play Tag. Whether you are a child or adult, ‘let your hair down’ and go outside and play! Touch Tag is probably the most popular child’s game in America and almost all kids around the world have played some version of it.

As an avid tag player ‘back in the day’ I would have to say it can be quite exciting and gets kids moving. As I can recall, when you ‘tagged’ someone, you yell “You’re IT!”  You then make a mad dash in the opposite direction. Tag is played wherever you find groups of children and has been played for thousands of years. Tag has been known by many names, including: Tag, Touch, Touch Tag, It, and many more.

Since kids spend endless hours on video games, TV and the computer, physical activity has seemed  to go by the wayside.  So for all you parents, Touch Tag Day is time (and every other day) to get your kids up and get some fun physical activity in! Kids still love to run, jump and chase each other and its a great way to get their 60 minutes of exercise they need daily. Teaching your child to play tag will keep them moving and tie them to millions of other children around the world who try to avoid being “It”!

The rules of tag are simple, but depend on the variation of the game. After Googling the game of Tag, I found that there a number of variations of the game.   If you mix the ages of children it usually makes for more fun. Tag teaches children to follow rules, act quickly and wisely and to be good sports. It also helps them develop speed, agility and physical endurance. Celebrate American Touch Tag Day today. No matter how old you are, go outside and play Touch Tag.

You’re it!


It’s Harvest Time, Be Alert on the Roads and Thank a Farmer!

By Kimmi Devaney

Have you noticed more traffic on the roads lately? School is back in session and it seems like that always creates longer commutes. You may also see tractors and other farm equipment on back roads around the state.  Make sure you use extra caution this time of year while traveling on rural roadways as the harvest season gets underway. Farmers move from field to field, they may be traveling at speeds of around 25 miles per hour or less. Everyone wants this to be safe time for both motorists and farmers. Drivers should be prepared to slow down in the event they encounter a farm vehicle.

If you happen to be behind farm equipment on the road and there begins to be a back-up, try to be patient because the operator should look for a place to pull over and allow traffic to pass. Don’t attempt to pass farm equipment unless it is legal and safe to do so, even if the farm operator waves you around.

Farms around the country are extremely busy during harvest season. Long hours in the fields means less time spent with family and less time to enjoy other activities. Farm safety is important all the time but especially during harvest. You can help by slowing down on the roads when you see farm equipment. Thanksgiving isn’t for another month, but it’s never too early to give thanks to the hardworking individuals who work the land to ensure you have enough to eat.

Now, raise a glass of milk to agriculture and remember to be thankful for farmers every single day. Cheers!

Fall Fun on the Farm

By Kimmi Devaney

Now that summer is officially over, it’s time to put on a few more layers and find some outdoor family activities. Most of my favorite fall activities involve visiting farms. This time of year, several farms open their doors to the public for agritourism activities. Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, kiddie games, animals—you name it, they have it. If you didn’t grow up on a farm, you definitely need to add this to your to-do list this month!

There is literally something for everyone. The kids will love visiting the baby animals, while you can learn more about agriculture and food and the great people who work hard to produce it.

Many of these farms also have a pumpkin patch. Halloween is just around the corner, so you may want to stock up now.

The corn maze is my favorite. My Dairy Princess advisor back home has one and it is always a blast. Check out the photo of a few of my fellow Dairy Princesses and me from the corn maze a few years ago. We had a great time navigating the maze and you will too!

The memories you will create with your family during your farm visit are priceless. And don’t forget about those Christmas card photos…this is the PERFECT photo op!

Here are two Indiana dairies worth checking out this fall:

Enjoy your farm visit, and don’t forget your camera!


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