About the author

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. Heather D.

    I really like this piece and hope it becomes a regular column.

  2. Laura Meyer

    keep these articles coming…very interesting

  3. Christy

    I love her frankness! Please keep these coming. I am looking forward to getting to know this family.

  4. Elizabeth

    Absolutely enthralled by this – I hope we get to read much, much more !

  5. Diana

    Very interesting. I am looking forward to learning more not only of their life but beliefs too.

  6. Tammy

    I love her style of writing, so frank and honest and real. I hope to keep reading more!

  7. michelle

    Very interesting. Hope there is more to come.

  8. Barb Wright

    I really like this!! I can’t wait for more..their style of farming sounds like ours. I am so excited to get to know Rosanna!!

  9. Wendy P

    It’s great to hear about a farm in Kansas that’s not a mega-farm. Long live the family farm! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

  10. Ingrid T

    I like her forthright style of speech and hope you run her column regularly. I find I want to get to know other members of her family and how they interact.

  11. Wilma Walker

    Very interesting. Hopeing for much more from this lady. Love Lovina and expect to enjoy this as much. Thanks Kevin.

  12. Julie Stacey

    I really enjoyed this first installment, and can’t wait to read more about Rosanna and her family!

  13. jodie

    Kevin, enjoyed very much. I think she would make a wonderful second column.

  14. Andrea

    I like this column. Hope to see this become a regular addition to the site!

  15. Juanita Cook

    I really enjoyed reading this and hope to see more in the future.

  16. Linda Bolt

    I found this article interesting and written in a clear, engaging manner. I hope we will hear much more from Rosanna. There are several aspects of their life that I would find interesting, in addition to their Anabaptist faith. I’m interested in their farming adventures and sustainable practices. I look forward to reading more about their family life, and the raising of children, especially now that their children are older.

  17. Dee

    I look forward to hearing more from Rosanna’s column in the future! Very interesting to read so far.

  18. June

    I enjoyed this article very much. I grew up on a small family farm in the 30’s and 40’s. So glad that’s where my life began. More power to the small family farm! I love that they are doing without TV, internet, radio. There was no television when I was growing up, but we did listen to the radio. And if I didn’t have the internet now, I wouldn’t be able to read this article.

  19. dynnamae

    I really enjoyed Rosanna’s column. Will be looking forward to more of them. I love Lovina and her family too. Keep up the good work, Kevin.

  20. Brenda

    I would like some recipes from Rosanna and I enjoyed her column.

  21. Carolyn Kirk

    Great column, Rosanna! Very interesting. I admire your courage to start farming. What an exciting life adventure. Wish I lived nearby to come visit the farm.

  22. Carolyn

    Thanks Keven.
    I really enjoy Lovina’s column, wouldn’t miss it for anything. I also enjoy this new column. This is the kind of plain living I might be able to do. It is a pleasure to hear news of either ladies, it makes me realize how much more simple I could make my own life.Keep up the good work.

  23. Patrice Anita

    Very enjoyable column and I look forward to me. I have a couple of questions….what type of farming methods are used, organic or conventional? are the animals raised and slaughtered using humane methods?
    Thank you.

  24. Patrice Anita

    Sorry, I didn’t proofread before posting…what I meant to say was that I look forward to MORE….definitely not me!

  25. Annetta Woodford

    I enjoyed this article. I hope you continue running her stories. I love to see how other people live.

  26. Pastor Ralph Unroe

    Dear Folks:
    I have tried for many years to get a copy of the recipe for Amish V8 Juice, with no success. If anyone gets this, and it is not to much trouble, I would like to ask again. Sorry if I am a bother.

    Thank you much.

    R Unroe

  27. Lissa Holder

    Hello to the Bauman Family from Lissa Holder Modesto District

  28. Alanna Neupert

    I loved this article and I hope Rosanna can write future columns ,so very interesting! I live on a farm here in Pa, since my husband passed away 2 yrs ago. I now rent it out to another farmer. So nice to hear how young families are surviing in this economy of ours. Reguards~ Alanna Neupert

  29. Carol P

    Well written article. Please keep the articles coming so we can learn more about the family and their general daily life. In particular educational believes for the children and Rosanna. Of course recipes! It is always nice to read something wholesome. All the best!

  30. Diane M

    I enjoyed Rosanna’s column and hope that it will become a regular feature. Thank you for bringing it to us and letting us learn about a family in a group that I don’t know much about.

  31. Wilma Walker

    I was wondering how Rosanna is related to John and Yvonne? Give us more Kevin. We love the plain people and really enjoy hearing about their lives. Thanks.

  32. Elaine

    Very nice article. Would enjoy reading more from Rosanna.

  33. Pastor Chris

    Kevin, Rosanna,

    Great initiative, keep it up.
    I’ve linked this blog, the amish cook and Kevin’s on our daily news snippet blog.
    I pray that this will become a blessing to many.

  34. Dorothy Shaulis

    I very much enjoyed reading Rosanna’s column. She does a good job. I’d like to see more of this interesting writer!

  35. Wenona French

    Good evening from Waverly, Kansas!

    I LOVE Rosanna’s column! I would be VERY much interested in some more of her recipes and being on contact with her and her family to learn some of how they do their farming and caring for animals. We have a farm here close to Waverly and are ALWAYS looking to explore new ideas!

    Thanks for posting!
    Wenona French


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