The Hostess

Jenny Schweigert’s first exposure to agriculture was via test tubes, cloning corn DNA and research field plots on the historical Funk’s Farm. She grew up with the Bt gene and promises never to return to agriculture, a lab or her birthplace in central Illinois.

Today, her college sweatheart turned husband, a fourth generation dairy breeder and electrician, are raising their three sons on a small hobby farm with a flock of sheep. They also help with her in-law’s nearby farm where they raise corn, beans, hay and replacement Jersey heifers. She’s rocking the baseball and soccer mom badges with minors in toy tractor farming and showing Jersey dairy cattle. When she’s allowed to leave the homesteads, she chooses her deer stand or Busch Stadium.

In case you are curious, those research field plots are a 40 minute drive from her front door.