Good afternoon everyone and welcome to my blog.
First, I want to thank my girl who has helped me get this blog up and running. A gigantic thank you and a hug from a distance (being she lives in the STL) to Brandi, for all of her help with the design, set up and all my annoying questions! Without her help I don’t know if I would’ve been able to get to blogging as quick or even been able to figure out half of the stuff without spending hours on google searching how-to’s and well to be honest… pinterest takes up all of that time!
So here I am… Where do I begin? How do I begin? I’ve got an idea, but until I get the hang of this whole blogging thing I hope everyone bears with me for the long haul. As stated in my About Me section ((if you haven’t checked it out yet head on over and do so :).. please!!)) But as I was saying, I want to be able to bring my love for culinary and agriculture together in one place.
Cooking, Angus cattle, and agriculture are my passion. That’s how I grew up. Agriculture is important to everyone, no matter where you live or what you do. If you like to eat, you like agriculture. Growing up in a rural community really made me appreciate the values of a small hometown. I am so passionate about the way of life that taught me responsibility, structure, values, hard work, and to care about people, animals and land. Farming is so unique. It’s a dying industry. There are fewer and fewer people involved in production agriculture. It’s so hard for farmers to make a living because of the many challenges we face every day, but perseverance, hard work and dedication pay off.
I grew up and am continuing to raise Angus cattle, horses, chickens, cats and dogs. At one point I even had a goat named Valentine, but here on DMF Farms we are in hay production and soybeans as well. Outside of the big stuff we raise a decent sized garden where we always seem to plant too much because we can never eat it all, but hey… nothing ever goes to waste on a farm. Fruit trees and berry vines can als be found in our backyard.
The culinary passion side of me got more attention once I graduated high school an I decided my first degree choice just wasn’t for me… The thought of setting in an office all day long working accounts receivable and payable just didn’t appeal to me anymore… So culinary school came next. I loved every minute of it and the things I thought I knew going into it left me surprised becuase I learned soooo much more! Chef Gordon got us a trip to Italy to learn about their cuisine which was amazing to say the least! He still gives me cr*p today because he turned into my personal photographer which yielded about 5,000 photos! Yes, yes I know that’s a lot, but you never know if you’ll ever go back again… got to take advantage of the moment!! But as I’m sure you’ve noticed.. that is if you went and checked out my About Me section… I am back in school fulfilling my agricultural passion. I graduate in December and I can’t wait!! But anyways… I’ll stop blabbing about myself and get on with it… So here it is… The End!
From Gate to Plate is here to share my life experiences, incite on the farm life, and great recipes using farm raised ingredients.. mostly! So please stick around, take a look and I hope you enjoy! If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me!!