30 Days of Farms & Families: The Jones Family

My Generation

Day 20: Christopher and Karen Jones farm with her extended family at Roanoke.

Published on: November 20, 2011

It's "Farming with Your In-Laws Weekend," here at 30 Days of Farms & Families!

Yesterday? Troy and Kim Purvis. Today? Christopher and Karen Jones, who farm with Karen's parents, Alan and Susan Haas, grandparents Bob and Doris Haas, and brother Jason Haas, in the greater Roanoke area.

I joke, but only because the path to farming so typically follows the father-to-son route. Over and over again we see that pattern. Though theirs may be the road less travelled, kudos to these families for pursuing it. Where there's a will, there is indeed a way.

I came to know Karen a few years ago through her communications position with Growmark. She jokes that her job supports their farming habit, but deep down, she loves that her job is so closely tied to agriculture. Amen, sister.

Christopher has an interesting take on the misinformation running around about agriculture. As it turns out, it's not just a bunch of silliness. It actually affects our day-to-day life and work. "Farming is hard enough without having to worry about things that aren't true," he says.

Karen seconds that thought, adding that she worries how those misconceptions will affect their business and life, as those who hold the misconceptions bend the ears of those who write the regulations. Or, become the regulators themselves. As Karen says, regulations should be based on scientific facts, not just feelings and opinions.

Through her work with Growmark, Karen gains a lot of insight about the agricultural industry. But like any other working farmwife, she's balancing a lot of plates. After office hours, she finds herself making parts runs ("Thank goodness for camera phones!"), delivering meals and helping out wherever she can. She's also in charge of their hog "operation": 18 pigs, raised for meat for themselves and local markets.

And today?

It's their anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Christopher and Karen! Wishing you many more years of happiness as an Illinois farm family!

30 Days of Farm & Families
Day 1: The Webels
Day 2: The Mies Family
Day 3: The Thomases
Day 4: The Stewarts
Day 5: The Weavers
Day 6: The Hawkinsons
Day 7: The Kortes
Day 8: The Walters
Day 9: The Schillings
Day 10: The Martins
Day 11: The Pratts
Day 12: The Bowmans
Day 13: The Pollards
Day 14: The Wachtels
Day 15: The Strodes
Day 16: The Buntings
Day 17: The Andras Family
Day 18: The Liefers
Day 19: The Purvis Family