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"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

About

My husband, Josiah, is the 7th generation to farm here at Spring Lawn Farm.  We work on the dairy with Josiah's dad and grandfather.  We milk about 275 cows in a double-8 herringbone parlor.  Hopefully, we will have an 8th generation joining us here soon!

The cows need a lot of care and surveillance to make sure that they are healthy and comfortable.  And all of the cows, from the youngest heifer or bull to the oldest milking cow need to be fed each day.  Cows eat and drink a surprising amount, but then again, they are quite large creatures.

We love life here on the farm.  And we especially like to eat and drink the tasty products that we help to create: milk, chocolate milk, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, butter, chocolate, and the list goes on and on.

We work to improve the environment around us.  In the 1940's, terraces were added to the 128-acre home farm, to minimize run-off.  In November 2010, we began separating our manure solids, and put a cover over our 0.71-acre manure lagoon.  In 2012, we put in a solar hot water heating system.  We are also looking into other technologies to help the farm be more sustainable and environmentally conscious.

Our faith is an important part of every day here on the farm.  There are a lot of factors that we don't control that we need to trust God to take care of.  We celebrate what he has given us to take care of, the land and the cows.  We enjoy sharing what God has done for us on the farm with the many people who visit.  Everything that we have comes from God, so all the glory needs to go back to him.

Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
Psalm 127:1


Along with caring for the cows and calves, I love to write, read, take photographs, and try to be creative!  I express my thoughts and process what I'm feeling best through written words.  So in person, I'm not very wordy, but I am learning and practicing to have more freedom when I speak.

"A picture is worth a thousand words."  And I love to take them!  I've always loved to play around with cameras!  And I wish so much that I had taken a photography class in high school, but life was full of sports and regular classes at that point, trying to do what seemed important.  So now, I just take pictures of things that I think are beautiful, that are important to me, or that tell a story in my way of seeing things.

I also love to play the guitar whenever I have time.  One of my favorite things to do is go outside and play guitar when no one else is around and it's just me, God, my puppy, and my cows.  So fun and so free!  The other night I went and stood in the middle of the meadow with the young cows standing close by, and just sang and looked at the stars!  I think I put them all to sleep (although, it wasn't because I have a great voice, I don't, I just like singing, alone of course) because they were all laying down by the time I left.  It was so peaceful!

I have a BA in Psychology, but God led me to a dairy farm to work.  It has been a super growing experience, with a ton of challenges.  Life is never certain and it is different every day.  I love animals and we have a sweet "puppy" who is full of life and loves people (but not trucks).  I love all my cows, big and little.  They each have a unique personality that I enjoy getting to know when I milk them or help clean their beds or just go out and take pictures of them!

I am so thankful to be in this place with my husband and with most of our family close by!  We have been so blessed!

Photo credit: Durelle L.
Photo credit: Darryl Musser Photography