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!
Thanks for tuning in to Ranch Raised! I’m just going to be quite honest today and admit that I do not have all of my garden planted. Infact, I really only have my cool season crops in. We are in for another mild week of temps here, so I planted my second round of radishes and beets yesterday.
But, I don’t even have a pepper, tomato, or eggplant in my possession! I am not admitting defeat. I tell you this in an admittance that your garden does not have to look like your neighbors! Today I do have to swing in to town so I will stop by my local greenhouses. Infact, I have even been in touch with one of my local greenhouses, just to say, “don’t shut the doors yet! I’m coming!”
So, I will get around and get all of the heat loving veggie plants bought and brought home and they will have to sit in my cozy garage until next week as the girls have the Nebraska State Hereford show this weekend that we are off to.
Don’t hold back if you still haven’t gotten anything planted. I am here to cheer you on. Your harvest might be a little later than your neighbors, but I promise it can still be abundant and will bring you great joy.
Just like life, a garden should not be a competition. Stay in your own lane, I mean your own garden. Plant what you can. Work it with love. Enjoy the summer. Make it a family affair or make it apart of your own self care.
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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.