Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Walk Down the Dirt Road with......Elizabeth from Circle the Wagons

Hello everyone, for this "A Walk Down the Dirt Road" I am featuring Elizabeth Martin from Circle the Wagons. She is a fellow AG blogger from the great state of Missouri!! She was one of the first bloggers I followed and one of the first people to follow me! I hope you enjoy learning more about her and then go check out her blog! She takes some great pictures, is an amazingly talented painter, and knows a lot about agriculture!

Elizabeth and her husband
Photo Credit Elizabeth 

Tell us about yourself, your family, and your farming/agriculture background:

I am the oldest daughter of a family of 6. I grew up on a farm in the Midwest.  My family raises row crops and has a small cow/calf operation.  There was a time when I was little that we raised hogs on dirt from farrow to finish – which is something you don’t find very often.
Currently my husband and I live on a farm where our primary chore is to care for our landlord’s cattle and general upkeep of the place.  This experience has taught us a lot!
We have gotten our toes wet in the world of production agriculture. We own 4 Hereford heifers (soon to be mama cows), 2 horses and 2 Australian Shepherds.  We are quite the motley crew. It is our goal to have our own operation in the future which is something my husband and I are working towards one day and dollar at a time!

Photo Credit Elizabeth

Why did you start your blog?

I have always read blogs and at the time I was living in an apartment in a larger town. One of those places that’s too small to be called a city but too big to be a town.  Not a lot to do after work. What’s a farm kid to do in a place like that? So I began to write about agriculture and my experiences.  I really like the sense of community in the ‘ag’ blog work and frankly I am hooked!

Photo Credit Elizabeth

What do you love most about living in Missouri?

The weather. Just kidding…I really enjoy the people – we are friendly folk.

What are some of your hobbies?

Painting, riding horses, taking photos, cooking, and gardens.  I am learning to rope and have aspirations to train my Aussies to be working dogs.  I am well on my way to be a jack of all trades; master of none.

What is your favorite part of being involved with agriculture?

I like the sense of accomplishment there is a day of hard work on the farm.  I work in an office and sometimes there isn’t a whole lot of satisfaction in pushing papers.  I like getting out and helping work the calves, learning to drive the tractor and getting my hands dirty.

Elizabeth's Husband
Photo Credit Elizabeth

What are the names of some of your favorite blogs to follow?

Heels and Shotgun Shells, Double H Photography, Diaries of the Dirt Road, This Uncharted Rhoade, Buckaroo Barbie, CountryLinked, Faces of Agriculture, Ramblins from a Ranch Wife WestEastern, The Smith Scoop, The Ranch Wife Chronicles and soooo many others. I have a long list I try to keep on with on the side banner on my blog.  So many awesome people out there.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?
Such a good and tough question!!! I have thought long and hard and have yet to come up with a great piece of advice – however I do have a quote I would like to share… “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

Where has been the coolest place you’ve been to for vacation?

Arizona was Amazing!!!  It was part of our honeymoon roadtrip.  We started in Flagstaff and drove to Tucson taking in sites like San Xavier del Bac – an ol Spanish Misson and finally ending in  Tombstone -we are western movie buffs so it was pretty cool walking down Allen Street and standing under the OK Corral sign. 


  1. A very cool gal indeed!! Great job Elizabeth.

  2. Awesome! I love seeing a bit more about you, Elizabeth!