Angela Roskam is a trained primary teacher that owns and runs a dairy farm with her husband in the Waikato. She has 3 beautiful children, and 3 beautiful step children. Life has dealt a few blows to Angela and her husband in the past three years. Firstly, Angela's mother having a stroke, then her husband needing a full knee replacement that ended up with an infection in the bone. Angela also suffers from depression and anxiety, something only a few people know about. Long story short, the Ange that only did the milking had to become a full time farmer.
When Ange had to go solo, the dairy payout didn’t allow for her to employ help, so she figured she might as well do it herself. This is how 'Farmer Ange' came about. Farming can be really isolating if you are an owner operator with no staff, and Ange found that with the situation she was in, her stress levels were going through the roof. She soon realised she needed an out. Ange found this by writing about her experiences on her personal Facebook page, sharing with friends and family the highs and lows.
Angela is all about being honest about her farming endeavours and life as a mother. She wants to inspire others not to get caught up in only portraying the best aspects of ones life on Social Media. Ange wants to encourage people to accept that it is okay to have bad days and to know that better days are coming. "Being able to share and laugh with mates makes it all seem so much better. We should all remember life is good!"
By writing about her experiences Ange found great support and release. "It was great to get support, encouragement, empathy and the piss taken out of me, as I muddled through running 240 cows, managing the run off and doing motherhood by myself. All while hubby endured 3 full knee replacements, 6 weeks of IV antibiotics and then recovery. Hopefully it inspired others to be more real, laugh, ask for help and realise anything is possible if you put your mind to it."
Ange, you are so honest about your experiences and you have done so well to find your own coping mechanisms, as well as help others. We as AgWomen can help raise each other up to be better personally and professionally. Good on you!