My husband had always wanted to farm. So in 1981, during the Recession, we moved to our own farm, where we lived for the next 10 years. However, in 1984 he was called back to work, which meant that the boys and I were left to run the farm – which we did for the next 7 years.
During those ten years it became apparent that we, like so many others, could no longer afford to farm. Since then America has continued to lose many family farms. The book is a humorous reflection of the ten years we spent there. While the book is not political, I feel that it reflects the hearts and minds of many farm families, the auction sale, and the transition to town life, and a need to again re-invent themselves.
“I kept thinking of the thousands of farmers that had sold out, wondering what they were doing now – if they were happy being in town. For you see, this wasn’t just another job for them. Farming had been a part of their heart, mind, and soul. The soil, as important to them as their children, who helped every season to tame the land to hopefully get “another” crop this year to feed the world.” (Chapter 20)
I feel that the book and the music will minister to many hurting people, and perhaps bring a healing into their lives, as they remember those happy times that they had while they farmed.
While the book is funny, our transition to leave the farm starts at Chapter 20. Even when I wrote this chapter, I still thought we had a “chance to farm.” This isn’t just our story – but many other family farms have “quietly disappeared” from the farm scene. It was during this time that I started writing gospel songs. The song, “Blessings, All My Blessings Come From You!” lyrics are in the book. It’s also on my “Blessings” CD – 10 gospel songs that I’ve written.
While I have personally endured many challenges, I have completed an AS degree in Office Administration (1990), a BS in Business Administration/Marketing (1996), volunteered as a church organist (10 years) and soloist/keyboardist in the Pilgrim Bluegrass Gospel Band - Aberdeen (’92 to ’95), and earned my Broker Associate license as a Realtor in 2008. I am also a member of the Rapid City Women’s Network, the Garden Club, Republican Women, manager at the Airport Gift Shop 2006, and manager at the Pretzelmaker (Mpls-Maplewood Mall).
In 2003, I published my book and produced my gospel CD - “Blessings,” and held many book signings across SD. In 2004 we moved to Rapid City, SD to enjoy the Black Hills.
My book is available by ordering it through the bookstores or www.BonnieGeier.com. The gospel CD Blessings features 10 songs, 25 minutes of upbeat gospel songs.
I will continue to help others who have also gone through the loss of their home or farm to start a new life in a “new” home. If you would like me to give my testimony, speak to your group, or have a book signing at any of your events, please contact me! You may view my book and CD on my website.
Rapid City, SD