Q: The best pork dish you ever ate was…
A. Pulled Pork BBQ Wrap from a local restaurant.
Q: What is your favorite memory?
A. It’s a tie between being crowned 2008 Ohio Pork Industry Queen and going to see Taylor Swift in concert with my mom. My mom is my best friend and they are both memories we share together.
Q: What words do you live by?
A. “With faith, nothing is impossible,” as it says in Matthew 17:20. I use this as both spiritual inspiration and as a success principle. I believe we can manifest our true desires, if we use our faith to believe nothing is impossible unto us.
Q: If money were no object, what would you do all day?
A. I would want to be in nature and with animals. I would love to travel to national parks and work with both farm animals and wildlife. I feel called to care for the land and animals. It’s the reason I love farming.
Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A. I miss truly being in the moment without worry. As I have grown up, my concept of time has changed. There is never enough time in the day and I find myself always looking for the next task to accomplish. I must remind myself to slow down and truly be in the moment, to appreciate life and make it count.
Q: What was your first reaction when you discovered you were a finalist of America’s Pig Farmer of the Year?
A. After shouting, “Thank You, Jesus!” I became overwhelmed with excitement to share my family’s story with more people. It is an honor to be a finalist and I did not apply for the recognition, but to truly have the opportunity to be an advocate for pig farming and American agriculture. I believe everyone has a purpose and a life calling. Farming is mine and I love sharing it with the American public as the next generation of farming. I soaked in the moment of filming the finalist video on my farm and traveling to Chicago for judging. It has been an unforgettable experience and is just the start of continuing to tell my story of real pig farming. I am so thankful to be a finalist; this process has allowed my family to grow as advocates and how we demonstrate the We Care Ethical Principles in our farming practices.
Q: How will you celebrate if you win America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award?
A. I would treat my family to a pork dinner and get to work preparing for the coming year. You must prepare for success and be ready for opportunity! I am ready for any opportunities that come my way to share the story of American pig farming across the country and around the world. You can follow my journey at www.farmgirlwithcurls.com and follow me @farmgirlwcurls
Will Lauren be named America's Pig Farmer of the Year? Tune in on October 7 to find out!