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20: Farming’s In-Law Factor

by | Apr 16, 2024 | Farm Family Harmony Podcast

In this episode of the Farm Family Harmony Podcast, Elaine is joined by Lauren Lundt. Lauren shares her journey from Central Florida to Iowa, marrying into a multi-generational farming family. Facing unexpected challenges like the passing of her father-in-law, Lauren offers insights into building relationships with in-laws and finding her place in the farming community.

Together, Lauren and Elaine discuss the importance of communication, setting boundaries, and embracing change. Lauren’s story highlights the need for understanding and flexibility as farm families navigate evolving dynamics.

“I hate texting for communication… I’m a big believer in being able to see people’s eyeballs. And the eyes are the window to the soul and to have a sense of the tonality”.


[6:57] Discusses how in-laws face challenges in adjusting to new roles and emotional support after the loss of a spouse.

[10:49] Reveals helpful communication strategies for in-laws.

[15:53] Lauren describes her experience with her husband and in-laws after the death of her father-in-law and one of the founders of their farm.

[24:45] Elaine and Lauren reflect on their experience with in-laws in agriculture, mentioning the importance of cultural DNA and the need for vulnerability and honesty in decision-making.

[29:38] Emphasizes how to balance farm work and family life, highlighting the tension between work and play for the next generation.

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