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About a Girl: Shannon Woodcock

Montgomery Sheridan

Shannon, my sister in law has always been a very fun, eccentric gal. She inspires people around her and does a lot with the community. Shannon and Jared (my step-brother) raise everything from piglets to chicks to corn. They are even raising two of the most adorable little kiddos, impressive! I followed Shannon around for a day on Taproots Farm and then sat down for tea and asked her some questions. Enjoy!
 

 

What is your favorite part about owning your own farm?
Owning my own farm allows me to be home with my kids. Yet, at the same time I can live a healthy lifestyle. My life goals were compatible with farming, I could homestead while raising my own food.

 
 Jared is a professor at SUNY Adirondack and teaches sustainable agriculture.  

Jared is a professor at SUNY Adirondack and teaches sustainable agriculture.  

Where are you from? What brought you here?
I am from Omaha, Nebraska, born and raised! I got up on a Sunday morning, put on my bumblebee costume and attracted my life mate...Sunday Funday! 
What do you miss?
I miss a handful of my friends, my brother, the Henry Doorly Zoo. It's all nostalgia. I miss the childhood comfort and the good restaurants. 

Tell me something about love, or your husband Jared.
Even on days when I want to rip his head off, when I see him across the room at a party I want to go flirt with him before I even know that it's him...instincts.

When you were 18, what did you picture your future life as?
Honestly, I didn't picture it. I lived for the moment then, I only saw two months in advance. I thought it would involve more traveling. I did although maybe see myself in the Peace Corps.

Was farming something you've always been drawn to?
Not even remotely! When I was ten, I wasn't sure of the difference between a cow and a horse. 

Favorite Quote?

  1. "A bird in hand is normally a chicken"
  2. “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
     

What is the sountrack to your life?
Currently? Twaaaaang! Anything that includes a mouth harp. 
For all of my life I would say the Travelling Wilburys. They were a collab of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. They recorded two albums in 1988 and 1990.

Two words that describe your style!
Jesus...mom pants (help me) I'm going to throw some more in okay? '95, pig-couture, chick-chic and not again. Hey! But I do have cool earrings!

What is the weirdest thing you have ever been caught doing?
Licking somebodies eyeball!!! There is one more that I should probably share. I was caught doing naked yoga in a hot spring, downward dog and I see a hiker coming up between my legs. Yikes.... 

What is your favorite time of the day?
I love the morning golden light. Its beating everyone else in bed snoozing to wake up with world that I love.

What is your super power?
Probably that there are five kids sleeping in this house right now. Also the "high whiskey kick" dance.

For those who want to farm, what do you suggest?
Take it slow, or you will get burnt out super fast. Don't over do it. Work on a farm first to see if farming is something you are passionate about and can take on with your own hands. Enrolling in a sustainable agriculture program can help you better understand how to farm.

How have you grown from living this lifestyle?
Before farming life had separate aspects( friends, food, work, etc.). I can now see the connected cycles of life and the intimacy of it all. I understand the seasons. I learned how to appreciate how what I do effects other things on not only the farm but in life. 

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Shannon, it's been a pleasure! Thanks for having me!