Happy Turkey Day!

Already my Thanksgiving has started out just like everything else in 2020... DERAILED!

Happy Turkey Day!

Well, I woke up early this morning with grand ideas of pulling together a nice, casual Thanksgiving for the family bubble and planning to send this newsletter several hours ago.

This is 2020, I should have known my best laid plans were merely that! Suffice it to say, we had a minor pet emergency (since contained, pet will be okay), but it caused some havoc and derailed my morning. But, if 2020 has taught me anything it is, be willing to let go and go with the flow.

So, here I am doing just that! Thanksgiving dinner will be ready when it’s ready and we’ll enjoy the heck out of it. I’m just so happy to have my husband and children here with me, happy, healthy and in the moment.

And, I wish the same for you and your loved ones.

In the meantime, I have a few recent pieces I wanted to share.

First off, a Thanksgiving themed-subject, the history of turkey production! Some people have mentioned to me this piece is sad. I suppose it sort of is, in a way. I didn’t really think about it in that manner when I wrote it.

My objective was to shed light on what happened to turkey production in the United States, and to make people think how we can apply these lessons (better or worse) as we ponder food production, farming and what we want that to look like into the future.

I’d love to hear what you think about this piece?

What Happened to America's Turkeys?


Then, I have another piece I wrote recently that also really got me to thinking, especially this time of year when our personal food choices dominate our plates.

Eating meat, in particular, has taken a lot of heat in the last few years. I don’t have a problem with folks who chose a vegetarian or vegan diet but as somebody who has raised, and slaughtered, my own family’s meat for years I have often struggled with the disconnect between anti-meat proponents and livestock’s role in healthy food and farming systems.

Check out my profile of nutritionist and author Diana Rodgers and the pro-meat case she makes in her new book and movie, Sacred Cow.

Making the Case for Meat


And finally, because I love the veggies too, a fun piece I admired from NPR about one of my favorite (and most maligned) holiday vegetables.

Eat Your Brussel Sprouts!


Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey!) Day friends!

Georgie Smith, aka “Farmer Georgie,” is a fourth generation farmer, agricultural journalist, humorist, freelance writer and all-around farm and food writing gal. She spent 20 some years farming on a Pacific Northwest island north of Seattle so she’s got plenty to say when it comes to food and farming issues. But still loads to learn.

Open for assignments, collaborations, ideas, giggles and just “shooting the breeze” conversations. Email at - farmergeorgiewrites@gmail.com.

Farmer Georgie Writes

And Now, For Something Different...

Who had gene-edited goat testicles for their 2020 Bingo Card?

Yessum. You read that right.

My latest piece is about gene-edited goat testicles. Plus cows, pigs and even mice too. It was (not gonna lie) a super fun piece to write. Profoundly important too.

I’ve been sinking my teeth in deep to a lot of BIG issues in food and agriculture these days. I’ve had the honor of writing for some pretty amazing publications as well. And yes, I’ve still got loads of “funny farmer” stories percolating. I know many of you joined this list for those originally.

It’s the curse of an eclectic writer, I suppose. I get the itch to write about many different things, in many different styles. Sometimes I feel funny, sometimes serious. Occasionally ranty. But always with some sort of connection to food, farming and rural living.

So, I’ve decided to take this subscription list a bit differently than how it originally started. Instead of a frequent blast and just one link, I’m going to send it out less frequently (2x a month), with several (but not too many) links. Some funny and lighthearted, some serious.

I’m also curating pieces from other writers that I find interesting and thought you might too. An eclectic food and farming newsletter. Like me.

But I promise not to hit you up with too much. Because, seriously, that’s annoying.

Hope you like the new concept and happy reading!

Farmer Georgie

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Georgie Smith, aka “Farmer Georgie,” is a fourth generation farmer, agricultural journalist, humorist, freelance writer and all-around farm and food writing gal. She spent 20 some years farming on a Pacific Northwest island north of Seattle so she’s got plenty to say when it comes to food and farming issues. But still loads to learn.

Open for assignments, collaborations, ideas, giggles and just “shooting the breeze” conversations. Email at - farmergeorgiewrites@gmail.com.

Farmer Georgie Writes

I've been busy... Farming!

(And surviving. This crazy Covid thing!)

Hello kind newsletter subscribers!

It’s been a while. I’d apologize but frankly, I know many of you have been in the same headspace I’ve been in the last few months. Sort of a…

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

So, how about we all give ourselves a big break (I’ll start with myself). And keep on keeping on.

I have been busy. I put in a ridiculously large home garden and might have gone a WEE bit crazy boosting up our depleted chicken flock. And turkeys. Gawd, I love turkeys.

I also have been writing. A different sort of writing then I sent you all before. But, I recently had this piece published that I thought my subscribers might enjoy. I think it’s not only fun, interesting but also inspiring for the future of agriculture and food.

And that’s something we could all use these days, no? A little inspiration for the future.

Anyways, for your reading pleasure this holiday weekend. And seriously… STAY SAFE!

Tiny Weed Killing Robots Could Make Pesticides Obsolete

Clint Brauer’s farm outside of Cheney, Kansas, could be described as Old MacDonald’s Farm plus robots. Along with 5,500 square feet of vegetable-growing greenhouses, classes teaching local families to grow their food, a herd of 105 sheep, and Warren G—a banana-eating llama named after the rapper—is a fleet of ten, 140-pound, battery-operated robots.

Brauer, the co-founder of Greenfield Robotics, grew up a farm kid. He left for the big city tech and digital world, but eventually made his way back to the family farm. Now, it’s the R&D headquarters for the Greenfield Robotics team, plus a working farm.

Keep Reading...

This Farmer Georgie story is made available via Medium, an online blogging platform. My newsletter fans receive a special ‘friends link’ to each story I send out so you can read it, even if you don’t have a Medium account yourself. 

You can "clap" (the little ‘clapping hands’ symbol) on a story up to 50 times to help get it distributed to more readers, and show your support to the writer. 

Writers (like me!) are paid by the reading time spent on a story by Medium members. So the more claps, the more readers, the more I can write!

Along with publishing on Medium, I also write for farm and food businesses, agencies and publications. If you have a writing project or assignment you could use some help with, feel free to reach out.

Thanks for joining the Farmer Georgie community and most importantly….

Keep on growing food and supporting those who do. There has NEVER been a more important time to do so!

Farmer Georgie

What My Great-Grandfather Would Have Thought about Gun Control

It's not what you're thinking...

Today I popped on Facebook for a quick look-see and got in a fight with a friend about gun control. Oy.

It got me to thinking though. Not about constitutional rights and school shootings and protecting ourselves from the government and, and, and…

But what my Great-Grandfather Harry might have had to say about the issue. Though I don’t think it’s probably what most people are thinking.

Keep Reading...

This Farmer Georgie story is made available via Medium, an online blogging platform. My newsletter fans receive a special ‘friends link’ to each story I send out so you can read it, even if you don’t have a Medium account yourself. 

You can "clap" (the little ‘clapping hands’ symbol) on a story up to 50 times to help get it distributed to more readers, and show your support to the writer. 

Writers (like me!) are paid by the reading time spent on a story by Medium members. So the more claps, the more readers, the more I can write!

Oh…and if you are new here… WELCOME! Feel free to click on the dashboard and you can get the friend’s links to previous posts I’ve sent out.

Thanks for joining the Farmer Georgie community and most importantly….

Keep on farming!

Farmer Georgie

4 Every-Day Idioms Inspired by Farm Life

I’m writing about it until the ‘cows come home’

What are the silly things that writers — who are also farmers — think about? At least this one?

Farm-inspired idioms. And what they ‘really’ mean.

I know, I know. I’m a dork and this is mind-blowing stuff. But what can I say? These are the sort of things that — to use a not farm-inspired idiom — ‘tickle my fancy.’

Here’s four of my favorite ‘farm-inspired’ idioms.

Keep Reading

This Farmer Georgie story is made available via Medium, an online blogging platform. My newsletter fans receive a special ‘friends link’ to each story I send out so you can read it, even if you don’t have a Medium account yourself. 

You can "clap" (the little ‘clapping hands’ symbol) on a story up to 50 times to help get it distributed to more readers, and show your support to the writer.

Writers (like me!) are paid by the reading time spent on a story by Medium members. So the more claps, the more readers, the more I can write!

Thanks for joining the Farmer Georgie community and most importantly….

Keep on farming!

Farmer Georgie

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