Farm Kid Safety

Pretty much every season is "busy season" on a farm, but summer is busy with equipment moving around and just wanting to be outside more. With more people around and more things going on, it is so important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind, especially with small kids around. We don't have many kids around the farm, save for the occasional visitor or the daughter of some of our employees, but good safety practices are something that people of all ages can benefit from. Keep these tips in mind when working around your farm (or visiting someone else's!):

1. Teach kids to go to the nearest building or adult when machinery starts up or is moving. Always double check blind-spots and know where kids are when backing up.

2. Always supervise children around livestock or animals. Don't assume any animal is trustworthy.

3. Encourage kids to wear closed-toed shoes on the farm.

4. Keep chemicals out of reach of kids. Teach kids to tell an adult if/when a spill occurs.

5. Work is good for kids, but ensure they are performing age-appropriate tasks under the supervision of an adult. Encourage frequent water breaks, especially in the summer.

6. Always apply sunscreen and wear hats when working outdoors. Even cloudy days can lead to sunburn!

7. Keep a list of emergency numbers in all equipment, barns, etc. This list should include poison control, doctors/pediatricians, and emergency contacts. Teach children the importance of calling 911 in the event of an emergency.

Do not let children play in grain bins or enter a flowing grain bin. Entrapment can happen very quickly.

9. "One seat, one rider." Children should only ride along when able to have their own seat and seatbelt.

10. Do not let children wearing loose clothing near augers or PTOs. Young children should be taught to stand back from implements or equipment that rotates at a high speed.

Of course, these are just 10 of thousands that you could think up. Use common sense and be safe out there, friends!


Fresh-From-the-Garden Bruschetta

Y'all... am I turning into a... FOOD blogger? Yikes, never thought that would be something I did. I have always enjoyed being in the kitchen, but it has turned into something I love even more these days. An expression of creativity, maybe!

After a relatively cool spring, my garden is enjoying the warmer days we're having and has become much more productive! I've been regularly picking a squash and zucchini or two each week, but they're coming in thicker and my tomato plants are loaded with green ones that are working on turning! I also have a pepper plant that has its first baby banana pepper and a basil plant that I honestly didn't know what to do with... I just bought it because I wanted herbs and it smelled good.

Then I saw someone on an Instagram story making bruschetta and it hit me that that's exactly what I could do to put that basil and a couple of cherry tomatoes to good use!

I'm a pretty simple person, although I do enjoy nice things, so this isn't your traditional bruschetta. Italians would probably frown upon it. But that's okay because it is dang good. 

Cream cheese makes everything better and this is incredibly simple to throw together. It makes a great appetizer or a meal in and of itself, especially when your farmer comes in late after being out in the heat and doesn't want anything too heavy. I would love to have fancy, thick, beautiful balsamic, but I just have regular old grocery store stuff (it does say it's imported from Italy, so that's something 😂). 

Fresh-From-the-Garden Bruschetta

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cream cheese
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Baguette, sliced
  • Salt

  1. Toast your baguette slices until golden brown
  2. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese
  3. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and place 2-3 halves on each piece of toast
  4. Stack basil leaves on top of each other and roll "hot dog style" (think back to kindergarten, y'all); thinly slice to make pretty curly shreds of basil; sprinkle on top of bruschetta
  5. Drizzle with balsamic
  6. Add a small pinch of salt to finish

  • If you have plain-Jane balsamic, you could reduce it into a glaze if you want it thicker. Just add it to a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally until it reduces by half and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 
  • I use (American) Neufchatel cheese for less fat—tastes exactly the same!
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