Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a farmer.
Sounds a bit like a confession doesn’t it?
Well, it sort of is. I no longer apologize for my love of excellent quality food, my passion for organic and regenerative farming and the joy I feel being outside all day. Every great story starts with some drama and heart ache, and mine is no different. After teaching ourselves how to farm for 11 years with my husband, as Dragonfly Farm Store, we came to the end of our business relationship.
But from heart break came some clarity and new plans for my future. While dismantling the life I shared, I started dreaming and planning about my future. I realized I could not give up on my dreams of farming and self-marketing amazing local and organic foods. I knew I did not want to spend time away from animals for long and I knew I could not go and work for someone else. (Anyone who has hired me knows I make a terrible employee.)
When you have poured all your heart and soul into something for 11 years ends, you don’t feel much like celebrating. But at the same time, I was tired of not celebrating. Farming and food brings me so much joy and delight. I love my job, and the relationships I built with partner farms and local suppliers and the hard work needed to do what I do. I love the idea that I am building a life with goals and targets, not just living.
So, celebrate I will! I used that heart ache to re-discover my passion, purpose and joy. My enthusiasm to celebrate life, food and farming and do it with some style gave birth to Farm Queen Foods. I own my farm and raise pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, turkey and quail and work hard to steadfastly pay my mortgage.
I have become the Queen of the my own little empire, a lady farmer, lady boss and all around happy and inspired person living her dream!