Blogger, Farm Wife and Volunteer: Meet Nicole Yoder

We had friends over for a barbeque the other night and one of them asked how I meet all the farmers featured on the Farmer Friday series. She had no idea so many farm women are bloggers and are so active in sharing stories from their farms. Before I started this blog and became active in CommonGround, neither did I!

We may not all live in the same neighborhood or share the same zip code, but we do share an interest in food and farming. We’re fortunate to see first-hand where our food comes from and we want to give others a glimpse into that world, too.

I’m happy to feature Nicole Yoder in today’s Farmer Friday post. (She got married earlier this summer, so you might also know her as Nicole Patterson.) Nicole is a great example of someone who is taking the blogosphere by storm to share her passion for farming and raising hogs, corn and soybeans with her husband.

My favorite post from Nicole’s blog, Farm Girl Facts of Life, is “Why Small Town Iowa Kids are Spoiled.” Anyone who grew up in a town without a stoplight is sure to relate. She also takes on more controversial topics like GMOs and Chipotle’s campaign against modern agriculture. Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.


Meet Nicole Yoder, in her own words:

How did you first become connected to agriculture?
I was raised on a crop and hog farm. I continued that connection to agriculture by being very involved in FFA and majoring in Agricultural Communication at Iowa State University. I love farming so much, I married a farmer!

What is your role in farming today?
I am a farmer’s wife and a blogger who talks about what’s going on at the farm. My husband raises hogs, corn and soybeans. While my husband is doing the physical work on the farm, I have a job in the city, so I talk about what’s going on back home to create awareness about agriculture.

What do you think is the most common misperception about food and farming today?
I think one of the common things people think is that our farmers don’t take care of our environment, and that could be further from the truth. We work hard to preserve the land and be good stewards so that the next generation of farmers has great land to work with.

What makes you smile?
My husband and his love for choring and taking care of his pigs makes me smile. I don’t think there is anyone else on the planet that loves to chore like he does.


What are you most proud of outside of farming?
Outside of farming, I’m most proud of my husband and I for both having college degrees. Your education is something that no one can ever take away from you.

What do you love most about Iowa?
The people! Everyone is so friendly and genuinely nice.

What’s your favorite recipe to make for your family?
I just got married, so I’ll tell you what I’m looking forward to making. I’m really looking forward to tackling pork recipes like marinated pork loin or apple pork chops.

Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your story. You can stay connected with Nicole on her blog, Facebook and on Twitter.

Other “Farmer Friday” features can be found here. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for other “Farmer Friday” posts and to get the latest from Farm Eats, City Streets.  




  1. Heather Lilienthal says:

    Love this post!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. dairywifeforlife says:

    Nicole is absolutely amazing!!! Had the pleasure of attending Iowa State with her. So proud of who she is and all she is accomplishing!

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