When you think of Darrina Coning, the farmer that everyone’s talking about, the picture is of a woman with a small farm in upstate New York who has the right idea for how to grow a farm.
Coning’s family is the oldest in the area and has been farming for generations, starting with her father, James Coning Sr. He grew corn and beans for the family before the family moved to Buffalo, New York.
“I always knew that I wanted to be a farmer,” Coning told me.
“My father told me he would like to be the first farmer in Buffalo, but I wasn’t sure.
I was really hoping to do that with my father, but he didn’t want to do it.”
“I thought he would be a great farmer, but that didn’t work out.”
Coning didn’t like to take chances, so she and her family moved back to Buffalo in 1963.
“That was my first experience with a family farm.
I loved it.
It was my family, so I felt like it was my responsibility to help them,” Conning said.
Her father, who was also a gardener, would often help her with the chores.
But the first years were hard, and they had to move to a different area, so they moved back in the 1970s.
“Dad was always the one who always brought the milk, the beans and the wheat.
We had no choice but to go,” Conings said.
Conings has been involved in her family business ever since, and her farm is now one of the largest in the U.S. “We do have to get out there and do the hard work, but it’s a family business, so it’s hard work.
It’s not easy,” Coningham said.
The family has been growing wheat for 20 years now, and the first year was tough, Coningham added.
“They just didn’t have the equipment or the machinery to do the growing that they wanted to do,” Conley said.
But it didn’t matter because her husband, James, said, “I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure you get what you want.”
He grew up farming corn, and in the early 1980s, he started a farm in Georgia.
He worked for two years and then returned to Buffalo to work at the family farm and the Conings own family business.
“It was a great experience for my son and me,” Congham said.
“At first we were a little bit frustrated, but after a while, we learned that it was all in the family and that they did a great job,” Conham said.
James Conghan’s family has grown corn for 40 years, but his grandfather and his mother started the family business in 1960.
James has worked for the farm since then.
The Conings have now been involved for 35 years, and their family business has grown into a major family farm in the Buffalo area.
“Our business is a family enterprise, and I feel like we’ve got a great reputation,” Conghan said.
This family farm has grown from an old farm that used to produce corn to a family-owned business with nearly 3,000 employees.
“This family is a very successful family farm,” Conaghan said.
She said that the Coning family has raised their son, James Jr., to be able to work on his own.
“He’s very, very ambitious.
He’s a hard worker,” Congan said.
They’re also the farmers who have developed a reputation for quality, quality ingredients, quality products and quality products.
“You can’t get any better than the Conghams,” James said.
And Conaghan is proud to have been able to help their family grow so much.
“When I talk about Darrine, I say, ‘Oh my God, she’s the best, the best I’ve ever seen.
She’s really the best.
I don’t know what it’s like to work with her,'” Conaghan added.
She explained that her son, who has a degree in biology, is really into nature.
“In a couple of years, he’s going to be in a field with a butterfly,” Conahan said.
Darrines work ethic and her desire to help others is what keeps Coning going.
“Darrina’s the most important person in the world to me.
She makes me work every day.
She knows when to do something, and when to sit back and take it, and she’s always ready,” Conagan said.
For more information on Darriner Coning and the Buffalo Conghammers, visit the Conaghan Family Farm website at http://www.buffaloconghams.com/darrin-coning-family-farm/ .
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