[TW/CW: MH, MI] This episode of The Rural Woman Podcast contains discussion of mental health, mental illness, discussion of suicide. These themes may be upsetting to some listeners. If you or a loved one find yourself needing emotional support or are in crisis please note the following resources:
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 or send a text to 45645
US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
USA & Canada Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Leslie Bauer. Leslie and her husband Ricky reside on Rural Rhythm Farm in Dayton, Maryland where they raise corn, hay, rye and soybeans. Leslie has a small high tunnel where she grows strawberries and other vegetable crops. They also raise a few cows and hogs.
Leslie is a former 4-H member and continues to support the program today. She is also active in Farm Bureau and is her current County Farm Bureau president. Leslie works part time off the farm and pitches in around the farm as time and needs permit.
Leslie and Ricky raised 3 amazing kids. The two oldest both have careers in agriculture, and their youngest, Jackie, was also pursuing a career in agriculture, when for reasons that will never be fully understood, she decided to take a different path, running ahead to Heaven in September 2018.
These days, in addition to her passion for agriculture, Leslie also has a passion for mental health. It is her hope that her story will touch others and let them know how much they really do matter and make a difference in this life. You Are Enough!
For full show notes including links mentioned in today’s episode, head on over to WildRoseFarmer.com