My love and passion for agriculture started, through my papa and his farm and here is how his journey started...
Henry, my grandfather better known as papa started farming in Africa around 1971 with his father at age 21.
In 1974, his father passed away, and papa was left to take over his fathers 17,000-acre ranch just about an hour away from where they lived.
This ranch included 400-acres of cotton, 750 head of cow, 1,000 acres of rotational crops such as corn, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.
Papa farmed there until 1982. Due to living conditions and environment conditions not being safe they had no choice but to leave for the better.
In 1983, my papa and granny moved to America with my mother and uncle. When coming into the states, papa was able to work at a local dairy operation around Shelbyville, Kentucky and a small mechanics shop. Later then, moved to Lebanon, Kentucky where he got the opportunity to share crop farm (soybeans and corn) with another local farmer for 2 years in 1985.
In 1987, fortunately were able to come to Princeton, Kentucky and stay and still is a place they call home. During this year papa was able to find a job at Cook Brothers Farms for 12 years which was a great opportunity and we are so thankful for the friendships made there.
Around 1999, papa got a job at John Deere and was a shop forman and was able to farm some of his own on the side. After leaving John Deere, fortunately he was able to rent some ground and start Lively H Farms journey and his own mechanic shop up which was called HBRepairs. As time went on, papa was able to slowly get bigger and was able to rent more ground from people in our community as well as purchase land. As he got more ground he had to close HBRepairs to focus more on his crops and farm.
Thankfully Princeton, has been a wonderful community to live in that is in fact a very agricultural driven community. A special thank you to all, who helped papa get to where he is today, and thankfully Lively H is still growing to this day.
I am very thankful for all those who have helped our family farm and by far thankful for my grandad, he started out with basically nothing coming into a country he knew really nothing about, and has driven himself to become the farmer he is today. I strive to be as willing to learn and practice as he has. Putting agriculture and his family first to help feed the world. Very thankful for our small town and agricultural community.
So proud of where my papa is today and to be his granddaughter.
Hey, it's me again Catlin. Just wanted to give you a little more detail about what my plan is for " A Growers Granddaughters" blog. My intention is to keep you up to date on my life adventures in agriculture such as research projects, a little gardening, and my grandads farm,Lively H, which inspired me to pursue a career in agriculture. This blog is not only for you to read but also see all the behind the scenes on the farm, and educate you more on agriculture topics. If you have any questions, please comment, or email me, If there is a topic in agriculture you are unsure about, shoot me and email.