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
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!