Episode 22

Published on:

29th Feb 2024

4-H, Advocating, and Farming Against All Odds with David Hafner

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Episode Summary:

This episode of Barnyard Language delves into the intricate balance of farm life, parenting, and community engagement with David Hafner. From the onset, it's clear that this conversation will take listeners on a journey through the trials and triumphs of rural living, as David shares his personal experiences and insights on nurturing the next generation of agricultural leaders.

In the show, David opens up about his journey from running a larger scale operation to downsizing and re-evaluating his farming practices. He shares the challenges of facing unpredictable incidents like predator attacks and the impact of relocating his farm. Furthermore, David delves into his role as a 4-H agent, emphasizing the value of youth programs in developing leadership, public speaking, and advocacy skills. The insights he shares illustrate the adaptability required in modern farming and the importance of fostering a strong sense of community involvement and support. With a focus on passing down knowledge and preparing young individuals for future challenges, David exemplifies the spirit of forward-thinking within the agricultural world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Transitions in Farming: David speaks about the challenges of downsizing his farming operation and finding new paths, highlighting the importance of adaptability in agriculture.
  • Farm Predator Challenges: Encounters with predators like coyotes and the loss of livestock underscore the ongoing challenges farmers face in protecting their animals.
  • 4-H Youth Development: As a 4-H agent, David emphasizes the value of educating youth in skills beyond traditional farming, such as public advocacy and leadership.
  • Parenting Perspectives: The conversation touches on individual growth and the differences between the childhood experiences of parents and their children.
  • Community and Farming: David's experience as a foster parent and community activist reflects the deep connection between farming communities and the welfare of children.


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About the Podcast

Barnyard Language
Real talk about running farms and raising families.
Real talk about running farms and raising families. Whether your farm is a raised bed in your backyard or 10,000 acres and whether your family is in the planning stages or you've got 12 kids, we're glad you found us!

No sales, no religious conversion, no drama. Just honest talk from two mamas who know what it's like when everyone is telling you to just get all your meals delivered and do all your shopping online, but your internet is too slow and you've got cows to feed.

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