Jill’s Journey with Agriculture

Here’s Jill’s story:

I did not grow up on a traditional farm, but my Dad’s parents lived across the field on a farm.  Grandpa Cook was a dairy farmer most of his life and hauled milk too.  My dad also had dairy cattle and hauled milk when my parents first got married.  Later on he had a feed grinding mill in which he went to farms to grind feed and add nutrients like molasses for the cattle.  He then was a seed salesman for many seed companies.  I did grow up in the country and we had a few cows we raised for meat.  Dad had about 28 acres that we raised mostly corn and alfalfa on.  We always had a large garden and my mother put up lots of fruits and vegetables, which we all helped with.  I also sold Rudy Patrick garden seeds, when I was young.  I would call and take orders on the phone and then deliver to my customers on my bike around the neighborhood.  So I was always involved in some kind of Agriculture.

In 1979, I married Troy Bancroft and in 1983 he began working with my father to create Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, which is now known as AgroLiquid.  I have also enjoyed growing flowers all of my adult life and cannot imagine not gardening, which we are now teaching to our grandchildren.

Curious George Apple Harvest (2012)
Written by Lynne Polvino, Margret Rey and H.A. Rey & Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

My Chickens Lay Eggs (2018)
Written & Illustrated by Sherry Crelin

On The Farm, At The Market (2016)
Written and Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

The Happy Man and his Dump Truck (1950)
A Little Golden Book & Illustrated by Tibor Gergely

The Curious Cow (1960)
Written by Esther K. Meeks & Illustrated by Mel Pekarsky

From Milk to Cheese (Who Made my Lunch?) (2018)
Written by Bridget Heos & Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

First Peas to the Table (2012)
Written by Susan Grigsby & Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

The Miracle of Easter (All Aboard Reading) (2010)
Written by Jean M. Malone & Illustrated by Bryan Langdo

The House that Jack Built (1954)
A Mother Goose Rhyme, Illustrated by J.P. Miller & Published by Golden Books

Too Much Noise (1967)
Written by Ann McGovern & Illustrated by Simms Taback

Fun on the Farm: At The Orchard (2017)
Written by Bruce Esseltine

Goodnight Tractor (2014)
Written by Michelle Robinson & Illustrated by Nick East

Dirt: The Scoop on Soil (2003)
Written by Natalie M. Rosinsky & Illustrated by Sheree Boyd

Wishy Washy’s Farm (2003)
Written by Joy Cowley & Illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller

Little Old Farm Folk (2017)
Written & Illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski

A Horse for Johnny (1952)
Written by Charlotte Bookman & Illustrated by William Moyers

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (1966)
A Golden Shape Book by Golden Press & Illustrated by Mel Crawford

John Deere, That’s Who! (2017)
Written by Tracy Nelson Maurer & Illustrated by Tim Zeltner

A Seed is Sleepy (2007)
Written by Dianna Hutts Aston & Illustrated by Sylvia Long

The Little Red Hen (2006)
Written by Jerry Pinkney & Published by the Library of Congress

Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn (2016)
Written by Jason Weber & Illustrated by 344 people with Kaylinn Strock

A Chicken on Vacation (I Can Read Level 1) (2018)
Written by Adam Lehrhaupt & Illustrated by Shahar Kober