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About Us / Terra Ash Bruxvoort History: The Nomadic Farmer is the year-long journey of an Iowa farmgirl. Over the next year I plan on moving from farm to farm to work, interview farmers, and write about my experiences on this blog. The journey starts on Monday, August 18 at Rolling Acres Farm in Atlantic, Iowa.
My name is Terra Ash Bruxvoort and I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. My dad is a farmer and my mom worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred for most of my life, before they were bought out by DuPont. I grew up in Mitchellville, Iowa. The pastoral images of farm life you are picturing were not what I grew up with. I spent most of my time getting shuttled around from home to school to my grandparents’ farm, where I hung out with my grandma. I loved reading, writing, and art, but I also liked wandering around the farm. I tried to teach my grandpa’s cattle how to sing the alphabet when I was 7 years old.
I went on to study English at the University of Iowa. I was the project director for an environmental organization, ECO Hawk, and volunteered for an amazing nonprofit organization called Local Foods Connection. I started writing essays about growing up on a modern farm in Iowa and became interested in nature writing. I graduated college and got a good job working in fundraising for a nonprofit conservation organization. During the two years I held that job I learned a lot about land use issues in Iowa and the role agriculture plays in conservation.
I left my good job to become a writer, and when I’m not on this blog I do freelance writing for businesses, organizations, and websites. You can even hire me to write for you, if you’re interested. But my real passion is writing about agriculture and the environment, and exploring the ways the two can work together. I see this blog as a place where people can learn about the state of agriculture, get to know some farmers and their stories, and find out how they can travel and work on farms.