Despite the Headaches, We still Farm

Who wants to work a job where you are under constant criticism, certain group of people want to see you fail and will go to many lengths to wreak havoc on your job, weather will take months of hard work and it in an instant and you aren’t guaranteed an income after all the hard work?

We do.  Why? Because I don’t know any other way of life.  The Farmer and I pass each other more than we actually spend any time together.  We move from hog barns, tractors in fields, kids activities, church, various board meetings and school functions like crazy hamsters on a wheel.  But our kids are reaping the benefits of being raised on the farm. Knowing where their food comes from. And being their own agvocates in the process.


Weather can be our worst enemy. Like when a tornado took down a hog barn.  This was the first time.  It happened again, to a different barn, and still making me wonder why we farm.


We farm so we can teach the next generation how important it is to educate others about agriculture.  In the picture below we were taking a tour of the Indiana Statehouse over fall break.  And then over Spring Break my Panda and Monkey got to meet Lt. Governor Ellsperman in her office!  They were speechless.  Honestly, my kids talk all of the time but when they got in her office they couldn’t speak!

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So why do we farm?  It’s not the be the biggest.  Or the richest.  I’m not even sure how you get rich farming.  But it is to continue on as the 4th generation on my family farm.  To educate future generations about their food.  And to make something our kids will be proud of, and hopefully, become the 5th generation to carry on the legacy.578396_728649960497103_1121824782_n








I Eat the Food Raised on My Farm

I am often surprised by the scare tactics used to misinform people about the safety of their food.  Organic, vegetarian, vegan, all-natural, local, pasture raised, corn-fed, and so many other terms can be found on food items up and down the grocery store aisles.  But does one term really make it better than everything else?

I get so frustrated with those who are providing food choices telling me the way I farm is wrong. Because I choose to raise my pigs in climate-controlled barns, where temperatures remain between 70-80 degrees, depending on the age of the hog, year-round, many find that wrong.  And yet, I’m not supposed to have an opionion, let along voice it, on those who farm differently than me.

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I have said for years that there are many mouths to feed in this country.  And it will take every kind of farming method to feed the expected 9 billion people who will populate this world by the year 2050. So why are we threatened by other farmers? Why does my hog barns threaten someone who raises their pigs outside? Why does corn-fed beef threaten those who have grass-fed beef? Why does the word Monsanto make people so angry?

I can’t answer any of these questions. All I know is that I wish for my simple philosophy in life, that we all can just get along. The technology I use on my farm supports our goals. We employee quite a few people and for our farm to employee these hard-working guys, we use many types of technology, the farm is probably “big” by some definitions, we have bigger equipment to plant and combine our fields in a more efficient way.


In the end, I won’t be ashamed of the way my family has farmed for four generations. I’m not ashamed to be raising the fifth generation of farmers in my kids. It takes all types of farms. I proudly eat the food we raise on our farm. And my kids do as well. And I’m proud to support all of agriculture, no matter what choice you make in your operation.



It may be big, but it’s still my family farm


I am the 4th generation on my family farm. The Farmer and I returned to my family farm while we were still students at Purdue. And I’m constantly asked how big our farm is.   It’s not a question I really answer.  Not because I need to hide anything, but because it’s a business.  It’s […]

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The Ache of Quiet

I talk, a lot.  The Farmer used to tell me that I not only use all of my words during a day, but that I use his as well.  So to have  day when I can’t think of words to say is rare. But that describes what my day has been like. Quiet. Sad. Shocked […]

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Fitness Friday: Old Ben 5K


I’m getting ready to run my first race in a long time! It’s a simple 5K.  Or it should be simple, except that it’s been cold. See the snow?  And the temperature reading on my car?  That was warm compared to what some of my runs have been in recent weeks. I’m running as an […]

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Need to Breathe


Need to Breathe.  The name of one of my favorite Christian crossover bands.  And the reality of my past month. In the days of 2014, I’ve been overwhelmed with snow days, cold weather, a lack of running due to our horrible Midwest winter. I started to feel myself shut down. Close up emotionally.  And just […]

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Attempting Authenticity

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I sat through a blog workshop recently where the facilitator told us in order to gain traffic to our blog, we needed to be authentic.  That made me uncomfortable. I don’t want to be authentic.  I like you, as my reader, to think I have it all together.  I don’t want you to know that […]

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Fitness Friday: Or not…

The cold is killing my running progress.  I take two steps forward and about a hundred backwards. This weather is driving me nuts. I can’t run outside when the temps are -20 degrees.  I really prefer the temp be above zero if I’m going to run outside.  Ok, let’s be real.  I prefer 50 degrees […]

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A Dummy Taught me About Jesus


And no, I am not referring to any minister, youth minister or Sunday School teacher.  An actually dummy was a major part of my Jesus experience as I was growing up. I attended church camp every summer from 2nd grade until  my senior year in high school. Rainbow Christian Camp was one of my favorite […]

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Fitness Friday: Cold weather running

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I’ve laced my running shoes back up after a few months hiatus due to an injury.  And I started pounding the pavement again. I’m determined that my efforts won’t be sidetracked by weather. So I’ve run in horrible wind, freezing temps and snow. My run on Thursday night was insane. 20mph blowing snow and cold […]

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