March 22 2017:
It’s been a productive winter for book writing. Harvest ’16 on our farm didn’t officially end until December 4 (a record) so “farm-wise” the winter work has been very behind schedule. As my husband worked tirelessly to catch up on cattle work, we instead opted out of a winter holiday and I honed in on the writing of Farmwives 2.
As of March, I am nearing signing my Publishing agreement and have interviewed more than 20 women from different parts of Canada. I’d love to include more but I need to keep the book under 5 lbs 😉 The final products’ slated release date is early 2018.
What is a “farmwife” anyway? I was reading an article recently by my friend Elaine Froese (Certified Farm Family Coach & Author) – titled: “Are you a Farmwife or a Farminist?” (worth a look)
It’s a good read – and, especially fitting for me during this stage of my writing. I have been very clear since initial contact with the women that (and I quote): “I am very aware that the term “farmwife” will mean very different things to everyone. I am sure my meaning of the word means something different than yours. And, that is fine. THIS BOOK WILL PROUDLY celebrate all of you!” etc etc etc.
However, despite this… I’ve received a couple of “less than warm” responses when requesting interviews:
1) “Truth be told, the word “farmwife” irks me” and
2) “I am not a farmwife, I’m a farmer. Thanks anyway!”
We’re all entitled to our viewpoints, and truthfully these responses solidified my passion even more for why this second book is needed. I purposely only interviewed women 55 and over in my first book “Farmwives in Profile” because I knew that I was going to dedicate a whole book on the “next generations” of women 55 and under. I wanted to hear and explore how the farming lifestyle is changing for women.
So, why am I writing Farmwives 2? Simple. Farming in today’s world can often mean “modern families” being caught in what is still very much a “traditional” occupation and lifestyle. This book celebrates the unique adaptation and innovation that is necessary for the perseverance and success of farming in Canada.
I can tell you now as (I’m more than 16 interviews) into my second book that “being a farmwife” is absolutely not extinct (despite what you may have heard). Tradition is still very alive and well. But, there are movers and shakers too that are doing an amazing job of carving their own path on Canadian family farms.
That’s what this 2nd book is about. Watch for it in early 2018.
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