Greetings and Spring Fever

Hello! 

Greetings from rural Missouri and my farm kitchen. 

Although I have had the honor of being a contributor in the past, I wanted to reintroduce myself and express how excited I am to be a part of the Pink Tractor family and connect with fellow women in agriculture. I have a passion for all things farming, food, farmhouse decor and design. I prefer to channel my creative side and embody an entrepreneurial spirit. I enjoy sharing words that hopefully bring others positivity and inspiration. As well all travel our individual journeys, we can find comfort and support in the things that bring us together. 

For me, that has always been food and conversation. Growing up on a farm, I found a passion for agriculture early on. I loved the colorful ways agriculture allows us to connect to consumers and to one another, whether it was sitting down to a meal or sharing recipes and telling stories of how ingredients came to be. I also love connecting through words. As a little girl in a third-grade classroom, I was called "weird" because I enjoyed writing assignments and looked forward to book reports. As I got older, I began combining my passion for writing, agriculture and cooking in hopes to create a special experience. 

Creating experiences extends over to my day job where I lead a hands-on elementary agriculture education program where youth plant seeds, make bread and more while learning about food's journey. My husband, small son and I raise cattle, crops and hay in Northeast Missouri. My son is the sixth generation to farm on Missouri soil and farm life is very much a part of who we are and what we do each day. I believe that by helping light another's candle, yours only shines brighter. 

As we look ahead, I know many of us are longing for spring after a challenging winter. It is a time of rebirth and new life. For many of us, we are also hoping for sunshine and warmer weather. One of the things I look most forward to is the 100-year old lilac bush that blooms across from my parent's house and near our old farmhouse, a memory I share with my grandfather who passed in 2012. When they bloomed, my Mom would always take fresh-cut lilacs to him to enjoy. He was my time machine to simpler times, and he shared so many wonderful stories over the course of his life. The scent reminds me of those memories I cherish and hold near. It's those little things we cannot buy that take root in our hearts and the foundation of who we are. In our neck of the woods, spring also means green grass, tractors working the fields and my favorite tulip bed coming to life. 

The sights and sounds of spring extend to my kitchen and happy place, where I love to create seasonal dishes, open the windows and welcome in sunlight and fresh air. If we are blessed with mild days, we enjoy a picnic outdoors. 

 

Luella is also author of a cookbook, "Luella's Farm Kitchen" and children's book series Honest Emmett, highlighting modern agriculture and character traits. 

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