Our commitment to the farm

It’s been a little over a month since my best friend proposed on our farmhouse porch. In the late evening, the dark fields surrounding our home, the whispers and rustle of nearby cows, the wind chimes playing a faint tune, and the vast starry sky is a dream. This dream grew on the night of December 23, 2021.

After we got rid of the smell of the day’s cattle chores, we visited our neighborhood Christmas lights display. Then Sam took me outside into the snowy cold of the Midwest on our porch to be surprised by a handmade wooden swing and the promise of forever with a sweet and intimate marriage proposal.

Like many farmers, we are both homebodies, happiest in our peaceful countryside surroundings. Growing up on cattle and crop farms near the smallest of small towns in rural Iowa, a farm-to-home proposition really suited our love of country and farm life.

My fiancé, Sam, and I grew up together and got to know each other better through our farming activities. We’ve attended the same 4-H and FFA events, served on our county’s 4-H council together, bumped into each other on the way to high school agriculture class, and showed together at the county fair. We also took a trip to Costa Rica together for our high school Spanish class. Yet our relationship didn’t become romantic until I was in college, and then deepened as we both experienced adulthood and career changes over the past six years.

My love for Sam, my hometown, and my family farm culminated with my return to rural northeast Iowa about two years ago when we moved into the farm we call home today.

Although we have only lived on our farm for a few years, we feel so grounded and at home here. Our commitment is the first of many milestones to which our farm will be part of our lives and our journey together. While we can’t guarantee what’s in our future, we can only hope for lots of birthday celebrations, family reunions, kids’ graduation parties and more in our farm. We both fondly recall memories like these of the homes we grew up in, and they are experiences we hope to recreate here on our own farm for years to come.

Molly Schmitt

The author operates dairy farms with his parents and brother near Hawkeye, Iowa. The family milks approximately 300 head of quality Holstein cows at Windsor Valley Dairy LLC – split 50/50 between a double-eight parallel milking parlor and four robotic milking units. In the spring of 2020, Molly decided to take the plunge and fully embrace her love for the industry by returning to her family’s dairy full-time.

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