Hailing from the farming community of Winsted, MN in central Minnesota, Alayna Karas has a first-person perspective of modern farming. Karas grew up learning the techniques her parents have been using, and her parents’ parents (and THEIR parents) have been using for over one hundred years.
Yet, despite living on a century farm, bucking tradition seems to be in Karas’ nature. As a child, all of her siblings were expected to do their share of chores. One of these chores, Karas shared, was to take a calf, nurture it to maturity, and then eventually butcher it. She laughed as she told me that she could never bring herself to take that last step.
“My parent’s just admitted that I wouldn’t do it,” Karas laughed. “I’m sure my cow is still alive and running around the farm.”
It seems that Karas has embraced the ability to see what works for her and what doesn’t, and she saw something in her community that wasn’t working.