Freelance Farm Writer for Hire

Farmer Georgie is a 4th generation farmer turned food and farm freelance  writer for hire.

I’m Farmer Georgie, a Freelance Farm Writer

I go by “Farmer Georgie” because my farm customers called me that for years. Which is sort of like saying “Farmer Farmer.” Since the meaning for “George” is ‘farmer.’

So, yep, I’m a farmer. But I’m also a writer. I’m a small-town girl, who became a newspaper reporter and ended up farming. Then I found myself in the best possible of all worlds – writing about it.

I grew up the 4th generation of a farm family in a small, agricultural community on a Pacific Northwest island. I was a 4H kid. I had ducks, chickens, rabbits, dogs and endless kittens. One goat (don’t ask). Horses and then cows.

I went to university for an agricultural degree. Instead, I graduated as a reporter. I honed my craft. Learning to write clear and concisely. Meet daily deadlines. How to interview and research and put it all together in compelling words. 

Back on The Family Farm

Then, my mom set me up on a blind date with a guy back home. Sure enough, he was ‘the one.’ Next thing I knew, I’m back in my small home town, living on the family farm.

I took a job working as a sales and marketing manager for a small wholesale gift manufacturer. I learned about sales and marketing and added that to my writing skills. How to develop strong customer relations and what turns a lead into a sale.

I started farming. At first it was just gardening on the side. But before I knew it my little ‘market garden’ had turned into 14 acres of intensive vegetables requiring twice-weekly trips into Seattle delivering vegetables to the city’s hottest chefs.

That’s when I earned the title ‘Farmer Georgie.’ Or at least, that’s what my farm customers started calling me. I was honored.

We had some great farming years.

Farm Tragedy Strikes

In March of 2017, our barn burned. Our huge, beautiful, historic post and beam barn. With 90 percent of my 20 years-worth of cobbled together, refurbished farm equipment. And about five tons worth of overwintered farm vegetables slated for our critically important early spring sales. It was devastating.

I tried to come back. But the market had changed. What had once been an almost untapped sales demand for local food now had many competitors. I was getting older. I found myself yearning to find time to put pen to paper rather than trowel to soil.

Time to make changes.

But what does a former journalist who spent nearly 20 years farming do for a mid-life career change? Well, how about writing about what I know and love best? Farming and food!

Becoming a Food and Farm Freelance Writer for Hire

When I took a minute to step back from the insanity of my own farm business, take a few deep breaths, and look around, I realized four very important, life-changing things:
Most businesses aren’t run by former professional writers, they hire folks (like me!) for that.
There is a LOT of exciting, world-changing innovations happening in agriculture right now and a pressing need to tell those stories.
Most writers or ‘content creators’ don’t understand farming and the complexities of agriculture.
Farming business of all shapes and sizes, both B2B and B2C, NEED somebody like me. Some one who understands what they do and can help!
I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know Georgie and working with her. She wrote an excellent summary of our first national meeting on the National Industrial Hemp Council. With her extensive background in agriculture, Georgie brings a level of understanding and professionalism in writing about hemp that other writers can’t match. She inherently understands the issues and knows what questions to ask. She is enthusiastic, a consummate professional and dedicated to providing accurate, honest and compelling content. Above all that she has a very valuable quality that you can’t buy or fake: creativity that I admire and envy! She will not disappoint!
Russell Laird, Advocacy Adviser. National Industrial Hemp Council.