The three of us, Robin, Cher, and Coree have known one another since the mid 1990’s. We all live here in the beautiful rolling hills of south-central Kentucky and Northern-middle Tennessee. Our stories are as similar as they are different, but we share a great friendship, and ties that bind us through work, play, and life.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines ‘radical’ as ‘proceeding from the root’. We like that. That’s part of why we are what we are. In this increasingly fast-paced, intense, wonderful, and dangerous world, we’ve each aimed for a root, fixed ourselves in the ground, and grown. We’ve grown families, friends, and farms from these roots.
We are farmwives. Merriam Webster has much less to say about that definition. Technically, we are all married to farmers, stewards of the land. In some ways, we embrace the traditional roles associated with farmwifing. We do a lot of cooking, from scratch, and isn’t that the classic image? But there are layers unseen here. We are in full partnership with our farming husbands, and deeply connected with our children. We also tend the land, animals, and the multiple facets of home and family run business. We are educated, modern women, choosing the pieces of modern life that really work for us, and happily walking away from that which we don’t find needful. We have computers, cars, phones, sometimes cell phones, tractors, and weed eaters. We are working women, and our work is adapted in our whole living. Not just 9 to 5. Our houses are not always as tidy as we would like, and our childrens’ hair may have more than their share of knots, but we love this work of life, being surrounded by the living landscape, and that shared love keeps us all afloat.
We gather these stories and images from our lives to share with you. We hope you will be inspired and gain insight and strength, or at least a laugh, along the way. Thanks for reading.