As an Agrarian educator, I have spent more than a few days farming in the heat, wind, rain, and cold. Being prepared for the weather is the most important part of my job and something I always teach my students. In North Georgia, we have a variety of weather conditions to be prepared for including very high heat and humidity, lots of rain and violent storms, cold temperatures getting as low as 2 degrees F (not often but cold snaps can and do happen here!) and everything in between. Possibly the most challenging thing about living here is how inconsistent the weather is. I have seen snow and 80-degree F days in the same week here! I have seen extreme drought, tornadoes, and torrential thunderstorms in the same week. You never know what the weather has in store, but you can be prepared with versatile farmwear.
What is Farmwear?
Farmwear is clothing you wear to do farm chores and tasks. This includes gardening, tending to animals, and any other work around your farm or homestead.
My Farmwear philosophy
Better not more is my farmwear philosophy. This means that I like to buy one high-quality item that will last me for decades to come. Yes, this can be more expensive upfront, but all of these items pay for themselves when you don’t have to replace them for many years. This means that every single one of these pieces is an investment. I like to shop sales or ask for a piece for Christmas or my birthday, slowly collecting heirloom quality pieces until I have what I need. I have personally tested every single on of the following items and absolutely recommend them.
These overall shorts are by far my favorite overalls I own because they are incredibly comfortable yet very durable. The canvas is sturdy and all the pockets provide me with space for tools, rocks, trash I find laying around, produce, my phone, and anything else.
These are the long version of the overall shorts. The knees are reinforced which helps keep them looking better for longer. I also love the adjustable straps because they mean these always fit really well.
I love the simplicity of this jacket. Yes, I have cold weather jackets that are waterproof, but this rain shell is essential for laying over my overall shorts on hot days or over sweaters and jackets during colder weather. Columbia rain jackets are my favorite and have never failed me.
This gorgeous vest is very well made and an essential layer for cold weather work. It is water resistant and very warm against cold winds. I love that I can completely zip up this jacket and the collar keeps my neck warm during some of the harsher winter conditions. It is fashionable enough to wear as farmwear and as streetwear.
Tevas are my go-to for when I want to wear sandals while gardening. It can get very hot here and a comfortable sandal that can be easily washed off is an essential.
I also love my Keens for cold weather work. I have an older version of these boots and have greatly enjoyed their warmth, comfort, and durability. Boots with traction and waterproof leather are a non-negotiable for me in the wintertime.
A pair of leather gloves is another farmwear essential. These gloves are gorgeous heirloom quality accessories that pay for themselves when you never have to buy another pair of gloves again!
My most worn accessory is my organic cotton bandana. These are great for tying up my hair while working outside, mopping up sweat on a hot day, or throwing around my neck for sun protection. I would never be caught dead without these bandanas!