Getting To Know Kristen
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Brie Aronson (Tuesday chick) and I are roommates here at the farm. We thought it would be fun to interview each other for this week’s posts. Below are my answers to Brie’s questions. Please click on the above tab “About Brie” to read her post!


What inspires you?

Sunshine, reading the Bible, being with people who love life and love what they do, good leadership, moving cows, giving hospitality, watching baby calves on pasture, sharing meals with friends, smiles, wildflowers, hugs, making memories.
What is your most fulfilling pastime?

It’s hard to pick just one – taking walks around the farm, falling asleep under a tree, sitting and talking with cows, spending quality time with family and friends, listening to people, learning.
What are some words to describe yourself?

Hmm… loyal, supportive, listening, observing, honest, transparent, open, cheerful, positive, a one-on-one person.
What is your favorite song?

Amazed by Lonestar.

What is something that surprised you about farming?

I used to work on a conventional dairy, and it felt like all my time was consumed with farming – there wasn’t much relaxing or “down-time.” Since being here, I’ve come to know that one can have a well-rounded lifestyle within farming, and that you don’t have to always be working, working, working to “get ahead.” Life is happening now, and there are times for both work and for taking in the beautiful moments of life.
What is your favorite farm ingredient, and what you do with it?

A whole chicken, made into stock with onions, celery, carrots, lots of garlic, and herbs. It’s fun to let simmer for 2-3 days, and is so versatile to have on hand – I use it in many different recipes.
Inspirational quotes that get you through the day?

“Keep your chin up.” – My mama
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Unknown
“Self-denial, perseverance, commitment, focus.” – Joel Salatin, You Can Farm
What is one thing you want to share with the world?

Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference, whether it’s a large-scale farm, supporting a local farmer, or even having a compost pile in your yard. We all can make a difference toward cleaner, local food.

What is your ideal date?

(Laughs). Well, um, I think it would be fun to have a date in a hay loft, take walks through the pasture, hold hands while washing dirty eggs, and do chores together.

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About Kristen Long

Kristen Long came to Polyface as an intern in the summer of 2010. She enjoyed the lifestyle and work here and is now freezer organizer and inventory manager. Kristen was born and raised in Virginia and was homeschooled most of her school years. As a teen, she began raising dairy calves and milking cows before coming to Polyface. Kristen is blessed to be engaged to her best friend, Ben Beichler. They will be married in 2012 and manage DoubleB Acres, LLC.
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4 Responses to Getting To Know Kristen

  1. MamaJoe says:

    Holding hands while washing dirty eggs made me chuckle.

  2. Abigail says:

    Love her idea of a perfect date – some of my best times with my boyfriend are when we unload the dishwasher or do something around the house, not to mention playing with small children. Working together on a farm does sound like the epitome of romance. 😉

  3. Grace says:

    Love the photo. You described yourself perfectly!

  4. Heidi Salatin says:

    This was so nice, Kristen! And wow,I love the ideal date question.(= I wonder where Brie came up with that one? However, don't you think it would be kinda hard to hold hands and wash eggs at the same time?(=