Meet Us

Why Another Farm Blog?

Hello Everyone! We are excited to share this blog as a way to share the comings and goings,  ups and downs and ins and outs of a wonderful group of REAL farmers and their families growing REAL food. There are many wonderful blogs written about what it's like to live on a farm, and while we will be bringing you stories about farm life from our farmers and their families, we want to go further and really educate you about farming.

We aim to teach you everything you did and didn't want to know about farming. We'll cover a huge range of topics such as sustainable farming on a commercial level, agricultural issues that farmers face, different types of farming, different crops and farm products, health issues related to our farmers, such as the current "gluten-free" flurry, as well as bring you farmer profiles, farming stories, recipes, and more!  We want you to know our farmers, not just about them, and we want you to really know about agriculture. Also, if you ever have a question about any that has to do with agriculture, please ask.  We will try to find the answer for you.

As the world's population continues to increase, agriculture and farming are going to be an increasingly large field of interest. We plan on being right here to bring you news of how our farmers are handling the increased demands on their operations, and incorporating new crops and technology to feed the world.

So, we hope you enjoy our blog and do learn something about farming and how it impacts you!
About Us

Hi! I'm FarmGirl! I'm 29 years old, am married to a city-slicker attorney, and have a sweet little boy who is 2. I grew up on a small farm in southwestern Idaho, where we raised all sorts of farm animals and grew mostly feed corn, wheat and sugar beets, with the occasional carrot seed crop thrown in for good measure. I was in 4-H for 10 years, raising pigs and riding horses, and loved every minute of it.

I went to college at The College of Idaho, and got my BA in Business/International Political Economy. My husband and I moved to Moscow, Idaho so he could attend law school, and I decided to go back and get an MA in Political Science. Not your typical major for someone who grew up on a farm and raised pigs!

I currently get to stay home with TheWeeLaddie, and work for Mom a couple days a week. I keep busy with work, and am the National Membership Secretary for our Scottish Clan,which takes a chunk of time. I also volunteer as a member of our county 4-H Endowment Board. I love to read,  cook, ride, travel, and lots more!

We decided to start this blog in order to combat the misinformation that is often construed as truth about farming and farmers, and to show you how awesome farmers (especially ours) and agriculture are! So, please enjoy our blog, and feel free to ask questions or post comments!


That's me, Robin.  Note the dormant
wheat field behind
     My name is Robin.  I love farming, and all things agriculture.  I wasn't raised on a farm, but have lived on one since 1980.  So, how did I get the farming gene?  My mom always said that the first words out of my mouth were "horse poop," and that as a youngster, all I cared about were animals and farms.  The last farmer in our family was my great-great-Grandpa Wylie, back in the mid-1800's, in Pennsylvania.  Maybe he had something to do with it?
     When I was 11 my parents bought some acreage, so I could have a horse, a 4-H pig and some chickens.  I've been in the business ever since, and have always been grateful to them for doing that.
     I  went through our state's ag. leadership program, (Leadership Idaho Agriculture), sit on a variety of agricultural boards and committees, and am my area's representative on our county's Farm Services Agency Committee.  In 1978, I amazingly qualified for a B.S. (no pun intended) in Agricultural Management, with a concentration in Property Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.  This was in the 1970's, when girls were usually discouraged from going into agriculture.  But neither my parents, my FFA advisor, nor I considered that!  Nobody told me then I couldn't be in farming because I was a girl, and they never have since.

That's me trying to settle our dogs down.
They were all excited, because they
were posing for a picture.

     I live with my husband, Craig, on a nice irrigated farm in the Treasure Valley of Southwest Idaho.  We have a grown daughter and a son in college.  I take care of other farms in our area, and also in the Great Columbia Basin and Palouse region of eastern Washington.
     Our farm is called Sweet Hills Farm.  TheFarmGirl named it that in 1992.  Sweet Hills Farm has no hills, only a gentle slope, but it is a sweet place to be (unless, of course, you are cleaning the corrals!), and we love it here.  We keep livestock - horses and cattle, along with a variety of good laying hens, a passle of hard-working barn cats, and two
dutiful farm dogs.

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  1. Love the blog! I grew up as a dairymans' daughter. I knew that I could do anything when I grew up, because after working on the dairy anything else would be

    1. Hi Katie, Thanks for visiting our new blog, and for making your kind comment. Please keep following us, we will continue to have regular interesting new postings. How did you find us? -Robin

  2. Robin, you told me at coffee. I am very impressed with your blog. I will pass it on to others!
    Katie P.

    1. Hi Katie, Hahahaha! I didn't realize it was you! Thank you for your compliments. I hope that we will keep doing good work. Did you get the hummus recipe? I emailed it yesterday, but don't know if the email address is current. Have a good day! :)

  3. Hi Robin, Love the "Pinto the Blog Dog" tab and the job descriptions! Your cousin, Becky

  4. I love the blog! Great idea and awesome photos! Keep up the good work!!!


  5. I love it too, well done! Yes we will have to get Cheese in a picture with the boys!!


  6. Robin,

    Great job on the blog (Alise, too)!

    I especially love the Coyote Road pic at the top! I remember when those trees my Grandma planted couldn't even be seen over the hill.

    Well. . . "A Wylie on Coyote Road," is what my Dad always used to say! Keep up the good work!

    Derek L.

  7. This is very nice. I sent a link for the blog to some of my family, they are frequently asking farm-related questions since none of them were raised on a farm. I think they will find this very interesting.