Hanna Hebig introduces a calf to her daughter, Adeline, 18 months, at the family’s dairy near Little Falls, Minnesota. Hanna and her husband, Adam, enjoy raising their two children on the farm. 
Hanna Hebig introduces a calf to her daughter, Adeline, 18 months, at the family’s dairy near Little Falls, Minnesota. Hanna and her husband, Adam, enjoy raising their two children on the farm. PHOTO BY JENNIFER COYNE

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – For Adam and Hanna Hebig, dairy farming has not only solidified their love for the industry and a familial career but also their affection for one another.
    “We’re together working on the farm all the time,” Hanna said. “And, I still get butterflies for him.”

    The young couple milks 100 cows with Adam’s uncle, Peter Fussy, at Fussy Family Farm near Little Falls. Adam and Hanna are the fourth generation on the farm, and they are raising the fifth generation – Adeline, 18 months, and Henry, 6 months.
    Days begin at 5 in the morning for the Hebigs. Within the hour, the couple and their small children are at the dairy farm, and they prepare to milk the cows.
    “The kids are with us all the time,” Adam said. “As Hanna and I milk, most of the time Adeline likes to sit in the swing we have in the alleyway, and Henry sleeps.”
    After the Hebigs make their way through the barn, Hanna feeds calves while Adam tends to other chores on the farm. They go their separate ways for a time – Adam continuing work on the dairy with his uncle and Hanna returning home with the children – before meeting again in the afternoon for chores and milking.
    “Some people really get annoyed working with their spouse, but I’m always thinking about what I can do, or what we can do, to be there for each other,” Adam said.
    Hanna agreed.
    “Farming together was always a fun idea, and then when I was pregnant we really wanted to be able to bring the kids with us to the farm,” she said. “With Adam as the fourth generation on the farm, it means a lot to him to raise his kids this way.”
    The Hebigs met a few years ago after both Hanna’s co-worker and friend encouraged her to meet Adam.
    At the time, Hanna was working at Rainbow Acres LLC and co-managing its calf facility.
    “My co-manager told me one day that her husband wanted me to meet this Adam guy, but I wasn’t interested,” she said. “Then, a few weeks later, I got this message from my friend saying I should meet this guy. It was Adam.”
    With two people in agreement, Hanna decided to entertain the idea of meeting Adam.
    “When I knew she was kind of interested, I sent her a Facebook message and it went from there,” Adam said.
    The couple had their first date at the area outdoor theatre where they talked through both movie showings and continued conversation as Adam dropped off Hanna afterwards.
    Adam and Hanna’s mutual interest in farming was apparent.
    “We had many dates in the tractor,” Hanna said. “And, I even met his extended family while helping chop silage.”
    Adam laughed, agreeably.
    “It didn’t take long for me to realize she was the one,” he said.
    During their courtship, Hanna attended Ridgewater College for veterinary technology. She then took a job at the clinic in Pierz before becoming a part of the family farm operation in December 2018.
    Now, Hanna’s specialty on the dairy is calf care.
    “I don’t take care of the calves like she does,” Adam said. “Hanna is such a hard worker and she cares.”
    The couple agreed that farming has brought them closer together and is an occupation they enjoy doing with one another.
    Adam and Hanna take the vast amount of time they spend together as an opportunity to talk about and make decisions for the dairy.
    “Farming and farming with your spouse isn’t all peaches and roses, but I still don’t want to be doing anything else,” Hanna said.
    In working alongside her husband, Hanna has realized the importance of being flexible and dealing with issues as they come about. She relies on Adam to be a voice of reason in stressful situations.
    “I’ve always been a planner, and I’ve learned I tend to panic at times when Adam is very calm and can think things through,” Hanna said. “He’s very positive and knows things will get better.”
    While the Hebigs cherish their time at the dairy, they recognize the need to spend time off the farm, too.
    Once a year they plan a trip, just Adam and Hanna, and also make a point to spend time with the children as a family. Throughout the summer, the couple also goes four-wheeling with friends.
    Hanna has always liked hunting, so Adam helps her scope out a good location for her deer stand and setup for the season.
    “You have to take time to reconnect with each other,” Adam said. “And you can’t stop learning about your spouse.”
    Hanna agreed.
    “We need to take time for ourselves to be a couple,” she said. “It’s important for us to step away and not be parents of two under 2, not be Mom and Dad, or employees, to just be us.”
    As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Hebigs are reflecting on their journey as a couple and all they have accomplished – and hope to accomplish moving forward with their young children and the dairy farm at the center of it all.
    “It’s hard to comprehend all we’ve done since we were married,” Adam said. “It’s so fun to watch the kids grow up on the dairy, and we’re closer as a couple because we farm together.”