In the Spring of 2010, a group of farm women in Indiana entered the blogosphere after taking a Blogging 101 Workshop led by Cris of GOODEness Gracious, Leah of Beyer Beware and Megan of Gal in the Middle and funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Before long, the farm women in the class and future classes took the tools they learned and launched their own blogs– connecting with other farm women in Indiana and across state lines in addition to many, many people outside of the farming community through their common interests in family, cooking, crafting and gardening.
One of those farm women, Heather of 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs, began to see a unique opportunity to connect moms with the many faces that grow the food on their table by bringing these farm women together online and making them accessible to moms everywhere. In the Summer of 2010, Heather’s vision, The Real Farmwives of America & Friends (RFOA & Friends), was born.
RFOA & Friends is a growing group of women across the nation who blog about life on and off the farm. Our members either currently live on family farms, grew up on the farm and/ or work in the farming community. Our blogs focus on many different topics from humor to life to recipes to DIY projects to our families.
In the beginning RFOA & Friends focused primarily on developing a Facebook Page where moms and others can find blog feeds from our women in one place. In addition, some the RFOA & Friends have guest posted on 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs’ Farmer Fridays and on the Indiana’s Family of Farmers blog.
In the Spring of 2011, Heather launched www.RealFarmwivesofAmerica.com. Initially, the site focused on RFOA & Friends in the Kitchen and center around the recipes and projects this eclectic group of women and their blogs have to offer. As of February of 2013, the site launched with a new design and look and plan for content of our lives on and off the farm.
RFOA & Friends will also continue to be found on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/TheRealFarmwivesofAmerica and is now on twitter as @realfarmwives