Faith, family, friends and farming. The Four F's. That's what I love. I grew up on a chicken and dairy farm with my parents and brother and sister. As a teen I remember saying, "I'll never marry a farmer. Farmers work long hours, and rarely get a day off." Well, as the saying goes, never say never. Farmer John and I were married 35 years ago. I think it was his dedication and commitment to farming that brought us together. He reminds me of my dad. My mom and I used to tease that I "married someone just like my father." That makes me smile. John and I have been blessed with undoubtedly the best kids ever. Besides helping on the farm, they both have full time jobs as well. I also work off the farm as the Minnesota Dairy Princess Coordinator. Together with John's parents we own and manage a 130 cow dairy farm. I am thankful it was God's plan for me to marry Farmer John and I thank God every day for His blessing us with the four F's.

So why do I blog? Twenty-five years ago, while hosting a tour of our farm, after explaining to the group of students what we do every day to care for our animals and our land, and describing a typical day on the farm that begins at 6:00 AM and ends 14 or more hours later, a 3rd grader asked me, "What is your husband's REAL job?" That really got me to thinking about how important it is for me as a farmer to share our story. Not only do we need to share the farm-to-food story to school age children, but to adults as well. I began by speaking to organizations, classrooms, and serving on County and State Dairy Boards to promote the product and lifestyle we love. When Midwest Dairy invited me to a social media workshop it seemed like the perfect gentle nudge I needed to enter the world of blogging. 

Welcome to my barnyard!


  1. Jan, I just found your blog and am enjoying it tremendously! My husband and I have only been married a little over a year now, but my mom often shakes her head when he does or says certain things and tells me he is just like my father too! funny! Thank you for producing great products for my family!

  2. Thanks Sara! I have been reading your blog too. I appreciate you sharing your passion for farming too. If we don't tell the world about our pride in what we farmers do, who will? Keep it up!

  3. Kelly Casey-KDWA Radio HastingsJune 15, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Congratulations on your recent American Farms Mom award. What a generous thing to name HFS as the recipient!

    1. Thank you. Donating my prize money to Hastings Family Service was an easy decision to make, as I am so impressed by their efforts to support our community.