One cow pie at a time: Burlingame native chronicles transition from city to farm life

“From High Heels to Gumboots:  One Cow Pie at a Time” is June (Michaels) Hilbert’s account of life experiences on the family farm.  This self-proclaimed “city girl”, who grew up in Burlingame, tells of her experiences in the last 30 years as a farm wife.

120313-cowpieAfter attending school at Emporia State and Kansas State universities, Hilbert landed a job at Capitol Federal’s home office in Topeka and happily enjoyed her city life. But in 1985, she would exchange her city for the farm when she married Bill Hilbert, an entomologist with Kansas Department of Agriculture, who owned a 10-acre farm west of Valley Falls.  The couple would soon move to a 40 acre farm in Meriden where they lived for the next 21 years.  In 2008, the Hilberts purchased 160 acres near Meriden where they operate a cow/calf operation.

Hilbert has spend nearly 30 years honing her skills as midwife assistant during calving season, bovine fugitive apprehension agent, field shuttle service operator,  general farmhand and the many other titles of all farm wives.

Friends encouraged Hilbert to chronicle her hilarious and enlightening farm experiences.  In 2009, June finally began journalizing her life on the farm. Her book “From High Heels to Gumboots:  One Cow Pie at a Time” evolved from her efforts. Hilbert continues to write as she shares her experiences on her blog  www.fromhighheelstogumboots.com.

Hilbert will be signing books at the Burlingame Community Library 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 during Burlingame’s Country Christmas Celebration.  From High Heels to Gumboots:  One Cow Pie at a Time will be available for $13 per copy.

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