Get to know this year’s third guest, dairy blogger and pig farmer Lauren Schwab, who will be joining us on Friday, August 2.
Lauren is a second-generation pig farmer who works on the 1,200-sow farm that her father established in Butler County, Ohio. Her father’s dedication to working on the farm is what inspired her to get involved in agriculture. Lauren now manages the farrowing house on the farm, where the sows give birth. “I enjoy the specialized care and focused attention we put into breeding our sows and raising their piglets,” Lauren explained. As a student, Lauren was involved in FFA, where she discovered a love for writing. She started her blog to share her passion for farming and country music.
On her #FarmingFridays date, you can look forward to finding out what goes into caring for sows and their newborn piglets.
The dairy farm that Marie and her husband Randy own in North Freedom, Wisconsin, has been in the Zick family for over 150 years. Marie’s favorite part of being a farmer is sharing the experience with her family. She and Randy have 19 nieces and nephews, who they enjoy teaching about farming and helping show their animals at the county fair. “Being farmers, we know how important it is to know where your food comes from,” said Marie. When she’s not caring for the cows, Marie is raising her young daughter and working at Culver’s Support Center in Prairie du Sac.
On her #FarmingFridays date, you can look forward to learning what it takes to care for 160 jersey cows on a daily basis.
FarmHer, Founded by Marji Guyler-Alaniz
FarmHer—founded by Marji Guyler-Alaniz—shares stories of women in the agricultural industry. The movement which now includes a website, television and radio show, debuted in 2013 with the goal of shining a light on women in farming. “Women have always played an important role in growing food and raising livestock; however, as consumers, we haven’t always seen the value of their work or the important role they play,” explained Marji.
On FarmHer’s #FarmingFridays feature, you can look forward to learning about a few women in agriculture who will be featured in the upcoming new season of FarmHer.