Mike, Peggy, and our three children – David, who farms with us, Steve and Jaime.
How you and your husband met
We met on a blind date, went to college at Wright State University together and married three years later.
When did you join Farm Bureau?
We joined in 1972 when we moved to live on the farm that is now the Molly Caren Farm Science Review site. We wanted to meet people in the farming community.
We have always raised field corn, soybeans and some wheat. In 1982 we moved back to our home farm in Warren County and grew our operation to a total of 5,500 acres in four counties and three municipalities. We also own four semi-trucks and do some outside hauling for other farmers as well as had some biosolids for Bob Evans and the village of Waynesville. We apply these biosolids on farm fields – a win-win situation for us and them.
The hardest chore is keeping track of our 67 different landlords as well as moving about to farm the hundreds of fields that we farm. We live in a very suburban area (they moved in around us – we were here first!) and traffic can sometimes be a real challenge.
What’s happening on the farm?
The main activity on the farm right now is hauling grain to the Cincinnati elevators (and some to Dayton), and – ugh – working on the books for taxes, reports, etc.
We are active in a lot of ag-related groups – Mike serves on the local Farm Service Agency committee and just termed out on the Ohio Soybean Council. I just finished a six-year stint as Warren County Farm Bureau president, and currently I’m the Ohio Agri-Women president.
Why we farm
Not only is it the only life (it is not just a job) that we have known, but it is ingrained in our souls. It is who we are, period.
Our county (or town) is known for
Even though we have a Dayton address, our community – church, schools, friends – is Waynesville, antique capital of the Midwest and home of the Sauerkraut Festival.
Sadly, the future of farming in this area is tenuous. Most of the ground we farm is not “farmland” but ground that the owners need to have tended for a while. We are currently looking into hydroponic greenhouses as our future endeavor.
What do you do for fun?
We love to travel. We have hosted more than 35 long- and short-term foreign exchange students in our home – and now we want to go visit them!
I want my legacy to be . . .
That we were always honest, hardworking and kind people; that we raised three wonderful human beings that know the meaning of hard and honest work.
See a video about silos, featuring the Clark family.