"I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how To be the farmer’s daughter out in the real world -- how to bring my experiences growing up and my interests now together. My work experiences have helped me to get there, and I didn’t realize I was trying to get there until now."
Born in 1968, Peggy Stierwalt grew up on a sprawling farm in Tolono, Illinois. Her parents, third generation farmer Dale Stierwalt and schoolteacher Virginia Stierwalt, helped nurture Peggy’s interest in agriculture. Stierwalt attended Parkland College, Southern Illinois University, and Eastern Illinois University, earning a degree in Animal Science and an MA in Counseling.
Today, Stierwalt’s main tie to the farming community lies with Grey Bird Farm, her chicken farm located in Tolono, Illinois. There she produces free-range eggs and meat birds. The farm strives to be as humane to the birds as possible. With about seventy chickens, and a minimum of a dozen eggs a day even during the winter months, Stierwalt gets help from her children and parents in caring for the animals, making this a true family project. After growing up around horses, Peggy Stierwalt also now works as an equine therapist.
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