Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
Have you ever looked through the pages of home décor magazines and wondered, “does anyone cook in that kitchen?” I am so confused by the farmhouse kitchen trend. I mean, live in a pretty farmy and ranchy neighborhood and that is not what kitchens around here look like.
It’s all the white that has me perplexed. I really think that Joanna Gaines needs to let me can salsa and strawberry jelly in one those kitchens to make it look more authentic or like it is a crime scene. I’m even wondering if they serve their families spaghetti out of those kitchens.
Don’t worry, I have a “working woman’s” kitchen. Good ole, rustic wood grain cupboards and earth tone laminate counter tops. The color of counter tops, that when I bring in potatoes and carrots from the garden, put them on the counter, you hardly notice the dirt.
Let’s finish out my riveting home tour with a spin through my master bathroom which has a ranch favorite feature, a huge walk-in shower. This shower is known to serve as a baby calf warming zone and also a baby goat corral in times of need. I bet 20 baby goats could comfortably take up residence in there, not that I would know. When I have a bunch of dirty little kids, that big shower also serves as a kid car wash of sorts. I love multifunctional spaces!
I just want to leave off by saying that none of us are living a Yellowstone fantasy out here in agriculture. And Hollywood doesn’t have much interest in telling what it really looks like to be a farmer or rancher. But you can count on us here at Your Ag Network to keep it real!
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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.