Do you feel called to helping others feel confident about safe agricultural practices?
What about helping consumers feel better about making safe food choices? If so, you need to listen to this episode with Kim Bremmer!
Kim is a fun lady who is high on life and passionate about agriculture and rural living. In her episode:
- She will address ways for helping others feel confident about making safe food choices.
- Strategies for initiating discussions about agriculture and how to help someone gain confidence.
- And the journey she is on today with her web site and business called Ag Inspirations.
Read on, friend! And enjoy the episode!
FIRST OF ALL, ABOUT KIM
- Grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin
- Wanted to be an ER Doctor
- She’s a Science Nut and missed the cows!
- So, she became a dairy nutritionist and consultant
- Currently lives in Greenwood, Wisconsin (Clark County)
- Also a Common Ground Volunteer
- Started Ag Inspiration for farmers to tell their people and to connect people to making safe food choices.
She is the Queen of conversation when it comes to discussions about agriculture and helping others feel confident.
KIM’S APPROACH FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION ABOUT MAKING SAFE FOOD CHOICES
Her approach is so simple. She has a knack for helping others feel confident and comfortable with a few conversational strategies:
- Stop being defensive
- Connect with who you’re talking to
- Listen First
Ease Method from American Farmers & Ranchers Alliance are great strategies to build confidence in others.
E: Engage in the Conversation
A: Acknowledge both sides about agriculture and making safe food choices.
S: Share how you run your farm. Different practices for producing food.
E: Earn Trust. Try to be someone that others can trust for discussions about agriculture by helping others feel confident.
EXAMPLES OF “CONNECTING” WORD CHOICES TO HELP SOMEONE INSECURE
- “That’s a Great Question.”
- “I’ve actually seen this…”
- “I understand your concern about this…”
HERE’S A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM KIM
Find a mentor! Find someone close to you that can help you through your journey.
Having a mentor that is a real person is so vital for your ultimate success. Ag discussion groups and online agricultural forums don’t even come CLOSE to the value you can get from a real successful person helping you.
NEXT, LOW POINTS THROUGH HER JOURNEY
Her mom passed away from lymphoma. This was a hard time in her life and a very important lesson was learned.
AS A RESULT, SOME LESSONS LEARNED
Learning to appreciate everyone around you because you never know how long we’re going to be here.
Embrace and appreciate the little things.
KIM LIVES IT UP!
She loves life and lives it to the fullest. And that is so great! You really have to learn how to inspire confidence in yourself before you can inspire others!
So, she enjoys helping others feel confident with discussions about agriculture and making safe food choices. She lives it!
THEN, KIM DESCRIBES THE “AHA MOMENT”
Volunteering for Common Ground and working at a women’s expo. She couldn’t believe the overall perspective of modern agriculture.
Science Based resources to visit for agricultural truth:
- The best way to learn is to go visit farms.
- Read 50 + Best Resources for Agricultural Education
Now, her journey is filled with talking to everyone she can about the safety of agriculture and making safe food choices.
NEXT, WHAT IS ONE THING THAT KIM STRUGGLES WITH?
Time is the biggest struggle for Kim. It just goes by so quickly. She tries to prioritize the most important things first.
Here’s how she does it:
- Depends on the day.
- She makes lists with chalkboards by the week.
- And she gives herself a cushion for getting things done.
CONSEQUENTLY, WHAT IS KIM MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
She’s excited about the future of agriculture. Farmer’s are always learning and new technologies are always changing.
And there are so many innovations, such as mapping soil microbes in the soil!
Also, she gives a lot of tours to young people. She can’t help wondering what the next generation will come up with! (I can’t either!).
KIM’S COMMUNITY IN RURAL WISCONSIN:
- All types of agriculture
- Twice as many dairy cows as people
- Packer Fans!
- Small schools
- Lots of Dairy Events (June is Dairy Month)
- 4-H & Showing Cattle
- Town Sports
- Loyal Corn Fest – Possible Vacation Destination?? 🙂
One Important Point: Discussions about agriculture happen in rural communities, too.
SO, WHAT IS HOLDING KIM BACK FROM REACHING HER GOALS
Fear and Doubt kill dreams faster than anything else. If we can take the leap of faith, we can achieve anything.
And that includes many experiences and issues within the debate of traditional methods of agriculture vs modern methods of agriculture. The bottom line is that we all have the goal of better farming.
But it really does not matter how it’s done. Fear and doubt can be overcome if we could come together and work together. And if we could all learn how to inspire confidence in others.
Think about the things we could achieve!
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED
- Knowing when to say NO to something.
- To serve on the board. You have a voice!
FURTHERMORE, HER BEST PERSONAL HABIT
Dinner conversations with her kids is Kim’s favorite part of the day. There’s a lot of perspective there!
Kim’s favorite app is Pandora. Music makes her happy and changes her mood. The possibilities are endless:
- Running Radio
- Country Radio
- Toddler Radio
- Disney Radio
And so much more!
THEN, BEST BOOK SHE WOULD RECOMMEND
Food Truths by Michelle Payn
Holy Crap! I Married a Farmer! by Jolene Brown
IN CONCLUSION, SOME PARTING WORDS OF WISDOM
Always do what you love! It’s important to surround yourself with great people and to find inspiration.
In terms of agriculture and how to make healthy food choices, you don’t have to be afraid. Go and visit farms. It’s very worthwhile.
FINALLY, CONTACT KIM
email: [email protected]
web site: Ag Inspirations
Facebook: Ag Inspirations
Twitter: Ag Inspirations
Finally, catch all the past episodes of Rural Women Inspired!
RURALITES, HONE YOUR DREAMS, OWN YOUR LIFE AND I’LL SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD.