All about me

Just your average 20-something. I’m a rural-Minnesota dairy farm gal who tries to appreciate God’s blessings to the fullest.

The farming:

I’m a dairy farm kid since birth, and I spent my childhood exploring outside and holding bottles for baby calves as soon as I was big enough. I definitely loved growing up on the farm with my parents and four sisters, but I didn’t yet realize farming would continue to be a part of my life.

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I met my husband in college (Go Gophers!), and he was a dairy farm kid too who was interested in going back to the farm after graduation. That’s just what he did, and after having several jobs in the accounting & marketing world I now work with him on his family dairy. Much of my blog chronicles the day-to-day happenings as we go about our work caring for cows. We also have 2 dogs, Calvin and Boo, who bring endless joy (and antics!) to our little family.

JR and I in the dairy barn at the MN State Fair

Calves on the farm

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Boo, in white, and Calvin in brown

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I’ve been around cows for much of my life, and I’d like to think I know a bit about them by now. Interactive is the name of the game here, so if you’ve got any food or farming questions please ask.

The running:

One of my favorite hobbies is running. I’ve been covering miles on foot with varying consistency since my best friend convinced me to join the track team with her in 7th grade. After college I finally got into a regular running routine again, and I discovered I could cover longer distances if I actually worked at it.

It’s hard to say where this desire came from, but in the spring of 2009 I decided I wanted to run a half marathon. I’d run exactly one 5K during college, and I was sufficiently scared by the prospect of 13.1 miles. Somehow I muddled my way through training and ran my first half marathon on a chilly day in October, 2009. A year and a half later I journeyed to Fargo, ND to run my first marathon.

Running is now a constant in my life. It lets me think and reflect, and it also provides a way to set and achieve goals and see progress. It can be slow and relaxing or give me a chance to push myself to the limit.

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The rest:

I blog a lot about farming and running. But believe it or not, I have a few other interests that enter my life from time to time. I love my family and relish all the family time I can get. When we have big events like holidays, weddings, or new babies, they may just show up on my blog.

I enjoy reading as much as I can keep up with, and I try to keep plants – veggies and flowers – alive during the summer months. My husband and I both like to cook and eat a variety of foods too. So if you’re ever in the area, you can be assured something tasty, interesting, or both will be on the menu.

We also like to travel, which is probably a vice for dairy farmers. We usually don’t get away very often or very far, but that doesn’t stop me from having big travel dreams. :-)

In Switzerland (the big college trip of 2007)

Even though it’s hard work and long days, I think farming is “the good life.” I hope to share my insights about it with you. God has blessed me richly – even if I don’t always appreciate it or understand what’s in store next – so maybe I can pass a little of it on.

A few notes about my blog:

- If you like it; link it and pass it on!

- If you use any of my pictures, words, or ideas, please give me some credit.

- If I’ve used anything without giving proper credit, call me out on it.

- Want to contact me? Send me a message at cowspotsandtales@gmail.com

- Enjoy!

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  4. I grew up on a dairy farm as well, and I married a dairy farmer too! And like you I was raised in an all girl family, but there were four of us girls instead of five. I’m looking forward to following your blog!

  5. The Belmont Rooster says:

    Great! I feel likeI know you now! I spent a year in Minnesota with my brother (in St. Paul). I enjoyed my flower beds, going to the botanical garden, the farmer’s markets, camping at some state park, etc., etc. A beautiful state but the snow was awful. Minnesota is the hottest state in the continental U.S. in the summer and the coldest in the winter. I have friends that live up close to the Canadian Border and it was 120 in the summer and -40 the winter I was there. I shoveled snow almost every day in December!!! Then I moved to Mississippi and it was GREAT! Now I am back in Missouri… Where it snows!!!

    • Lisa says:

      Minnesota can have a pretty extreme climate; we’re hearty up here! At least this summer had been beautiful on the cool side. Good luck with your return to Missouri.

  6. RS says:

    Hey, I found your site looking for answers to a lot of questions I’ve been getting from some pretty aggressive vegans, and I just wanted to thank you for it. I’m from Isanti county myself and was in 4H, though my grandparents farmed I did not grow up on a farm. When I was at the U I came across a lot of vegans that were, well, basically bullies and very judgmental and dismissive of anyone involved in animal agriculture and refused to believe that most farmers are good people that care about both their animals and the environment. How do you deal with hecklers with little agricultural experience that think all farms are like the worst of factory farms they’ve seen on PETA videos, or is that not a problem you run into? Thanks!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi there; thanks for your questions. I’ll do my best to give you some answers.

      First, I think we all encounter people who assume the worst about modern farms or who simply have questions & concerns because of some of the worst case scenarios showcased by PETA that you mention.

      What’s been most helpful to me is to remember two things. 1) Take a deep breath & just listen to the other person’s concerns. 2) Don’t immediately get defensive.

      It can be hard to listen when you’ve got so much info to share, but it really helps to hear the other person out. You can usually find some common ground, such as you both really care about animals or you both want a safe & healthy food supply. Once you find a point of agreement it’s much easier to have a productive conversation. Some people are also pretty set in their beliefs and may never see the other side. Don’t let that discourage you; it’s still important to share your info.

      Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out some outside resources. http://Www.causematters.com is one I would recommend. She has some great ideas & even a book about sharing your food story.

      Hope this helps some. If you’ve got more questions feel free to email me — cowspotsandtales@gmail.com

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