“Little Patch of Heaven”

SFG - Just Family (2)_cropped SFG - Just Family_croppedWhat are you doing to keep your family safe during harvest time? What safety measures are pertinent to you and your family farm operation? We decided to ask a North Dakota farm wife and mother, Kelli Just, what she was doing during this busy time of year.

Kelli and her husband Christof live near Berlin, North Dakota. Aside from their three kids, Karly, Katrina, and Cole they raise soybeans, corn, and hay on their farm. Along with the crop operation they have a cow-calf herd and their children are involved in 4-H.

The Just Family was one of ten recipients of the Successful Farming Farm Family Grants. With the grant money, the family purchased five new fire extinguishers to have on their farm to make for a safer farm environment for the family and anyone who may visit.

We asked for a more in-depth look at the Just farm and what things happen to keep their family safe. Here is what Kelli told us:

Q: What is your specific role during harvest season?

A: I lend a hand whenever needed on the farm. I try my best to keep a regular routine going in the house even during the crazy hours of harvest.

Q: As a wife and mother, what is your biggest concern during this time of year?

A: I absolutely love raising my children on the farm.  It’s like our own “little patch of heaven”!  However, safety is a concern at all times on the farm.  We all know accidents can happen at any time to anyone and anywhere.  It is so important to keep everyone safe and be good role models for our children.

Q: If you could pass along wisdom to other farm wives, farm mothers, or farmers in general what would it be?

A: As an EMT, I have unfortunately seen the “worse of the worst”.  Within just a few miles of my farm, there have been three young boys killed in separate ATV accidents.  Not a day goes by when we don’t think of Tristan, Jake, and Jacob.  Therefore, even if your children are enjoying their ride on the ATV or 4-wheeler and it looks like they are having the time of their life, remember they are too young.  Lives can change in the blink of an eye.  Try your very best to take every safety precaution and be prepared…take a CPR and First Aid class.  Enjoy a safe life on the farm.

In Kelli’s family communication is key and even the kids know how important it is to let someone know where you are at all times. Both Kelli and her husband Christof are certified in CPR and First Aid and try to keep their farm safe for their children! Enjoy your “little patch of heaven” Kelli and thanks for contributing!

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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2 Responses to “Little Patch of Heaven”

  1. Janet Rhoades says:

    What an excellent article….we have preached ATV Safety at ALL of our Progressive Ag Safety Days here in Darke County, OH. We, too, have lost several youth to ATV accidents.

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