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!
Welcome back to Ranch Raised.
Yesterday I talked about the wonderful classes our local greenhouse has been offering this spring and that my girls and I have taken full advantage of. Today I want to encourage you to look around your area and not only look for these opportunities but to just go take a walk through your local greenhouse.
I am lucky to live in an area, albeit rural, where I have multiple greenhouses within my county and pretty awesome ones at that. I have come to value these greenhouses as much as the community grocery store or gas station. Infact, I believe they are vital to our communities.
In the state and uncertainty of the world, I look at our greenhouses and seed stores as stabilizers for mental and physical health. I know this is a deep dive here, but truly, I believe it with my whole heart. Take a stroll through a greenhouse this time of year, and I’m pretty sure it will put a smile on your face and in your heart.
With supply chain disruptions and all the things, we have experienced at the grocery store, it might be rather beneficial to grab a few tomato plants to put in the ground or in a patio container. Or you can go whole hog like some of us do and plan to grow some or all of your family’s needs to eat fresh and preserve.
Just pull the car on into that greenhouse and take a walk around. I think you will be surprised at what you will find and hopefully you will see the value that I do.
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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.