Hillsboro farmer, Union Township trustee
By McKenzie Caldwell
What kind of self-care do you practice?
To clear my mind and work through things, I take a walk. Walking gives me time to work through emotions and allows me to understand how I feel before I react to the situation.
If you could have a conversation with any person, dead or alive, whom would you choose, what would you talk about, and why? I’ve always been fascinated with Abraham Lincoln. I would love to talk to him about the adversity he faced in his lifetime and ask him how he knew he was doing the right thing.
What does a typical spring look like for you?
With our cow herd, we are busy with calving and caring for our new calves. With the crops, we are busy preparing equipment for planting, getting seed into the warehouse, preparing our sprayer and monitoring our crop fields for the right planting conditions. Once we start planting, it’s 18- to 20-hour days until we have everything planted and sprayed.
What’s your favorite thing about being a farmer?
Getting the opportunity to care for our soil for a small time in history.
What do you love most about your community?
I love the history our community has. Whether it’s prehistoric mound builders, the Underground Railroad, Prohibition and the temperance movement, or our rich history of military service and sacrifice, our community has so many great events in its history that we should celebrate and reflect on. I love looking back and seeing our towns dressed up in celebration for events. Our forefathers took so much pride in their communities.