About Me

My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work off the farm as District Director for U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, where I serve on behalf of farmers and ranchers across Central and Western Kansas. Derek and I are parents to two boys, Evan, and Owen.

In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means.

I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. Learn more about our farm at www.sawyerlandandcattle.com.

If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.

12 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi, I have something in common with you! I am a Chicago native. In December 2010 I married my Kansas farmer, and in November 2011 was finally able to get my Chicago house sold, “retire” from Corporate America, and move to be with him. We live by Marion/Hillsboro in Kansas. I would love to meet you and Kim, and I’m interested in coming to your group. I work in Great Bend twice a week on a flexible work schedule and go through McPherson on those days. Would that be possible to meet you?

    1. Dawn,
      Welcome to the rural Kansas and the life of a farmwife. Our group meets once a month – our next meeting will be Feb. 20 and will be held in Lindsborg. Do you have an email address that I can pass along to our group coordinator so she can include you in her mailing list.
      If you had a day that you were traveling back though McPherson County from Great Bend and wanted to get coffee or ice cream – I think I’m addicted to the stuff – I would love to meet up with you. I work in McPherson and have a pretty flexible work schedule. My work email is ksawyer@kingentgroup.com. That’s often the easiest way to get ahold of me.
      Let me know what would work best for you. Thank you for the message and I look forward to getting together sometime.

  2. After watching America’s Heartland this morning it inspired me to start a blog. I am new farmer’s wife in KY, married in November. I love the fact that you have a “farmer’s wife” group that meets up. I would love to start something like that around here. What all do yall discuss/do during the meetings? i think it would be a great way to stay connected to other farm families in our area.

    1. Hello and I apologize for the delayed response. Work has been busy!
      Our farmers wife group meets once a month. We typically have a speaker at each meeting followed by a little gossip and snack time. Our speakers come from a variety of industries and organization but all speak on a topic realted to agriculture. Some of our most recent speakers include: staff members for one of our U.S. Senators, a representative from the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks to talk about hunters rights and hunting leases, and a lady that showed us how to make a Swedish Tea Ring (we live by a very Swedish community).
      We limite our members to girls ages 18-40 that have some involvement or connection to agriculture. Many of us are married to farmers but others grew up on a farm or work at an agriculture business.
      I wish you luck in getting things started. I will admit we do have attendance issues as the number of girls at each meeting varies greatly. But many of us have jobs and families to manage so it’s understandable.
      Please let me know if I can be of any futher assistance. And keep me posted on your success!

  3. I would like to start at the beginning of your blog (that’s how I like to catch up) but can’t seem to find a archive. Could you send me a link?

  4. What a neat story. My hubby and I are working towards the dream of havign our own ranch/farm. I am enjoying their farm. The farmwifes group sounds neat and educational 🙂 We are trying to learn all we can about raising cattle, goats, and pig (we already ahve chickens). We agree farmers and ranchers are the hardest working people in the US and we would love to join those who are feeding America. 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes, farmers and ranchers work very hard but if they are at all like my husband, they love what they do and don’t see it as a job but as a lifestyle. Best of luck with your farming adventures. Raising animals is hard work but very rewarding. Best wishes for 2013.

      1. I agree it is a lifestyle and not a job… that is what draws us to it. 🙂 We had farming all around us as kids and miss that. My parents had animals and the lady that helped my parents with their business- her husband farmed crops and ran cattle. It was a different pace and life back then. Thanks for the response and best to you all in 2013.

  5. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. I will have a post up about it tomorrow (1/18/14) morning so you can find out more information and what it all encompass! Keep on blogging and sharing all your farming stories! 🙂

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