"Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts."
Gerald O'Hara, Gone with the Wind
Nick, Hank, Chris
Carly, Etta, Casy, Shea
Who we Are: We are the Bowmans, Stephenia and Ray. We have three daughters; Carly and Casy are married and off pursuing lives of their own. Etta's still at home, but doesn't spend much time around the farms.
Where we Are: The farms, totaling about 140 acres, are in Northern Franklin County - just a couple of miles from the Franklin-Henry county line. The two properties are adjoining and are divided by about a third of a mile of Flat Creek. KY 12 (Flat Creek Road) runs through the main farm. We're very close to the Kentucky River.
Contact Us: JRFarms@jerusalemridge.com
Ray is an elder at the Holly Hill church of Christ in Frankfort, a father, a grandfather and, currently, a full-time farmer. He cites those obligations and blessings, in that order, as the priorities that shape his life and encourage his zeal for telling the truth about American Agriculture and urging other farmers, ranchers and community leaders to do the same.
A professional communicator in the private sector and in state and federal government for some 40 years, he has worked in every media, from printed word to broadcasting to the newly popularized social media. He understands the importance of an honest, well-crafted message. He understands, all too well, that agriculture voices are in danger of being drowned out by those who might benefit from criticism of food production methods.
Ray communicates daily with other farmers and ranchers, food professionals and consumers through Twitter (@JRFarms) and on Facebook. His blog, The Farmer Feeds Us All, is read by people from all walks of life, from all over the world. He produces a weekly agriculture radio program for internet broadcaster America’s Web Radio (www.americaswebradio.com) and recently executive produced and hosted a video called “Faces of Farmers” and a complementary public service TV campaign called “Kentucky Farmers Care” for the Kentucky Soybean Board. Those videos may be found on his YouTube channel, also called The Farmer Feeds Us All.
On his farm in northern Franklin County, KY, he raises sheep, forages and poultry and keeps pleasure horses.