We’re a group of Colorado farm women working to dispel myths about modern agriculture and build trust in farming communities and farm families. We want to answer questions and share facts as well as our personal stories of farm life. Please join us in finding our CommonGround.
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Cindy is no stranger to farming and a busy life. She grew up on a soybean and corn farm in northeast Kansas, where her dad continues to farm their century farm (a farm run by the same family for 100 years or longer) today. Cindy now ranches alongside her husband, Joe, as office manager of their cow/calf operation in Elbert County, Colorado. They raise Red Angus cattle in addition to managing a Black Angus herd for another family from Kansas. Cindy’s role as ranch manager includes a large amount of record keeping, which is vital for their Red Angus test herd for the Red Angus Association of America. She often works right alongside Joe to check cattle, water and fencing in addition to personally managing the lawn, yard and garden.
Cindy’s favorite topic is always her three children, Ryan (with wife Lindsay), Kelsey (with husband Ronny) and Emily, who each work or study in different areas of agriculture. As for her personal time, she seeks activities that demand creativity. For several years, Cindy worked as a floral designer at a local flower shop. She loves to play the piano and therefore teaches piano lessons twice a week at the local high school and is an accompanist for various groups in the community. In her spare time, Cindy does crafts, sews and gardens and is a member of a book club, a music club and seven agricultural organizations.
Cindy enthusiastically joined the CommonGround™ Colorado program in the fall of 2011 and considers it a privilege to be a volunteer and to share with anyone who has never lived or worked on a farm the truth about food and today’s farming.
Danell works full time as the office manager and safety director on their fourth generation family farm in Bennett, Colorado. Danell and her husband, Kent, work alongside Kent’s dad, uncle and two cousins to raise wheat, millet, sunflowers, corn and 300 head of cattle. This makes her a very busy woman, keeping up with things like taxes, payroll, data entry for fuel and crop and harvest logs as well as scheduling safety meetings. Danell and Kent have two children, Tabor and Asia.
Danell’s commitment to her family is demonstrated on and off the farm by her participation in the Parent Teacher Organization at Asia’s elementary school as well as the Boosters Club at Tabor’s school. She spends her free time with family and engages in activities such as four-wheeling, snowmobiling, waterskiing and mountain biking. It’s easy to see that Danell is hard-working, family-focused and energetic.
Sondra has a lot of growing happening on her farm. She and her husband Matt raise sugar beets, barley, winter wheat, pinto beans, sunflowers and organic alfalfa. In addition to all of their crops they have three growing kids; Riley, Kyara, and Kayla. Sondra is a member of the Colorado Automobile Racing Club, and coaches volleyball. She loves to go camping, watch her children play sports and help her husband with his racecar hobby.
Sondra loves her life on the family farm and is excited to be a part of CommonGround Colorado to share her love of farming.
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