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Plain Kansas

Rosanna Bauman, age 25, is German Baptist Brethren. She is a writer, farmer, and speaker and lives on a rural Kansas farm she shares with her parents and 4 siblings. The Brethren Church, is often mistaken for Amish or Mennonites, but the Brethren have different historical and theological roots. The Brethren Church is a "Plain" church. Members dress plainly and, like the Amish, are pacifists, but they do use cars and phones.

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  1. Wendy

    Leave it to Rosanna to put it so eloquently. I love most of the smells of the farm too. I can tell when there is a dead animal somewhere as well, and I absolutely love the smell of fresh cut hay! However, I don’t like when the farmer has recently spread manure slurry on the fields. A bit too rich for me!

  2. Trixie

    Love this! Rosanna’s writing so perfectly captures feelings. I lived in a small Ohio farm town until after college, and I so miss smelling all of those country smells! Even just the way driving through fields on a calm summer evening smells is so so good.

  3. Lori N.

    Love reading about Rosanna’s farm life. I went to the Washington State Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair) four times so far this year. Had to check the progress of the sows and their piglets, smell the freshly applied fly wipe on a show horse, smell fresh cow patties in the cow barns, watch baby chicks huddle under a heating lamp, and hear roosters crow. She is so lucky to experience all the farm wonders on a daily basis. She is a gifted writer and story-teller.


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