Keep Calm and Farm Girl On

By Lauren Schwab When it rains it storms and when it storms, tempers fly. While farm life can be romanticized, it is nothing short of hard work and more so when were hard headed. Farming with family has its rewards and trials. When working on a farm each day is the unknown. You can plan […]

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Farm Dirt

   By Lauren Schwab Merriam Webster defines “dirt” as : loose earth or soil : a substance (such as mud or dust) that makes things unclean : a person or thing that has no value While many may see no value in dirt, my world and values are built on it. The loose earth and […]

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He who begins a good work, shall be faithful to complete it

By Lauren Schwab In honor of the labor of those who tend to the land and it’s creatures, I share with you and excerpt from The Wisdom of the Native Americans by Kent Nerburn: “When you begin a great work you can’t expect to finish it all at once; therefore do you and your brothers […]

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The Temple of Nature

    By Lauren Schwab Despite living and working surrounded in nature, my mind can easily be caught in the chaos of modern life, it’s demands and hours spent behind a computer or phone screen. How often do we allow ourselves to be grounded, literally barefoot with our toes touching the soil and face staring […]

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Out with the old, in with the new

  The last standing pig hut my dad built in the 1970’s, my brother and my hand prints in the concrete of our pig show barn By Lauren Schwab I remember when my whole world revolved around the thoughts of entertaining other and pleasing my friends. The independent actions I have taken in my early […]

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All I do Is Farm

By Lauren Schwab Farming is our life, it never stops. We live each day to do what we do and we do each day to live. Farming is a family affair that I do not take lightly. I know I was chosen to be the daughter of a farmer for a reason. I won’t lie, […]

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I’m in a Hurry…

At Billy Bob’s with my best friend Brittany Kelly! By Lauren Schwab We are always racing the clock on the farm. There never seems to be enough time on the farm. We always struggle to get ahead and often quit for the day simply because out bodies are ready to give out. However, hustling to […]

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The Best of Both Worlds

Cute little runt piglet sleeping on top of a bigger piglet. I later moved him to another momma with other runt piglets so it could get more milk By Lauren Schwab I remember growing up the farm felt like an island. A top a hill on a one-way country road, it’s own form of pig […]

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My Own Farm Land

By Lauren Schwab When dad leaves for vacation it’s up to my brother and I to care for the pigs, easier said than done. Dad has two short vacations a year, then the rest of the year he works seven days a week. He needs the rest and relaxation, even though he refuses to sleep […]

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The Pig Barn – a poem

By Lauren Schwab Dad named this room L for left then this room R for right not L for Lauren or R for Ryan though that’s what my mom would like to think   The L room is always fed first “Good morning girls, it’s breakfast time!” their grunts and banging on the feeders stirs […]

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