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Life on the Farm with the Designer @ambikaboutique

For more photos and videos of Ambika’s sheep, rabbits and goats plus the occasional design made from their wool, follow @ambikaboutique.

Ambika Conroy (@ambikaboutique) makes accessories and swimwear but on Instagram she’s far more likely to share moments from life on her farm. “I think the simple daily happenings are what you take with you when you die,” she says. “I also hope that my pictures inspire people to want to live and create more consciously and sustainably.”

Many of Ambika’s pieces are made from fibers such as angora that she sources from the farm. There, she and her partner Josh have built a community, inviting guests to stay in their farm, attend yoga classes, visit the animals or even record an album at their studio. “There is so much to learn from animals and nature,” she says. “Keeping my hands busy keeps my mind still and my body strong.”

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Finding Quiet Moments on Local Farms with @wings_of_tin

For more lush portraits of life on small farms, follow @wings_of_tin on Instagram.

“Farming is the dedication of your life to the stewardship of plants from seed to harvest, for better or for worse, in good weather or bad, through pest and disease, at all hours,” says Nikki Seibert (@wings_of_tin). “All of this back-breaking and often heart-wrenching work is done to provide food for family, friends and neighbors.”

Nikki spends almost every day working with local farms in Charleston, South Carolina, where she runs a sustainable agriculture program for organic farmers.

“I’m a ‘farmer of farmers’,” she jokes. “A childhood filled with outdoor adventures, hardworking parents, and countless hours spent building, growing and fixing things created the trifecta for me to end up in a career in agriculture.”

Nikki uses Instagram to showcase her favorite colorful crops and the green, flourishing landscapes of the farmlands she visits.

“I hope my pictures show how important it is to support the people and places that make your community unique,” she says. “Also, how much I love playing in the dirt.”

Farm girls, Newhall, Iowa, 1920s

Our farm was a mile from the school. This was my first experience of walking to school. When the weather was bad, Dad would harness the horse and take us in a buggy. In the [1910s], we didn’t have slacks — we wore long underwear, black tights, long black stockings, and four-buckle overshoes. The older children would carry drinking water from the Armstrong farm, a short distance away…

We learned to play jacks. Having cement sidewalk was almost a requirement for the game. We would play by the hour. I can recall playing until my fingernails were gone, due to scraping the cement to gather the jacks. [Cousin] Luella often joined us…

Luella and I enjoyed the [farm] cats and kittens, dressing them in doll clothes. The cats didn’t seem to mind, for they would go to sleep. — Melba Gardemann Olson unpublished memoir, 1993

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