Oregon Dairy Farmers
Focus On Dairy Wives
Julie Lourenzo, Bobbi Frost, Sarah Rocha,
Susan Pierson (left to right)
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
hosted a two day convention at the Salem
Convention Center on February 20-21.
A panel of well-informed women spoke
candidly about the joys and struggles of
dairy farming during a convention workshop
Attendees heard four farm wives share
their experiences of working in the dairy industry.
It can be trying when frictions in the barns
hit home, they said.
"It's super hard to see my son get yelled at
by his dad," said Susan Pierson, a fourthgeneration
farmer. As both mother and wife,
she is often a sounding board when things
get overheated. "I have to do a lot of listening
and not a lot of talking. But later I might say
something to my husband like, 'You know,
you were a little hard on him..."
"I feel like I'm in the middle a lot," said Julie
Lourenzo, who shares the workload with
her husband and other family members.
When conflict arises, "I talk to both sides and
try to work it out."
"I brought a husband into the job," said panel
moderator Bobbi Frost, who is familiar with
that uncomfortable space between the spouse
you love and the parents who raised you.
The audience responded to a frank discussion
about whether the panelists encouraged
their children to pursue farming.
Sarah Rocha, mother of four boys, said she
chose to allow her children to find their path.
"The more you push, the more they push
back," she said.
Rocha runs the calf operation on a farm
with 600-650 cows and 150 goats.
"I pushed my sons away from the dairy,"
said Pierson, an organic farmer for 12 years.
But as it was with other panelists, some children
decide to join the family business after
a time. Of one son she said, "All of a sudden
he came to us and said he wanted to come
In response to a question about when how
to draw the line between work and family
time, Lourenzo said she knows she has
reached her limit when she begins to voice
complaints. "If you are going to complain,
it's a sign you are doing too much," she said.
A highlight of the breakout session was
when moderator Frost, who brought along
her 11-month-old daughter, Max, to the convention,
said she "felt like Superman" on a
day when she completed her work while toting
an infant around the farm.
Then she provided the quote of the afternoon
with an observation about childbirth.
"One day my husband said to me that getting
hit in the nuts is worse than having a
How so, she wondered?
"You want another baby, right?" he said.
"But you don't hear me saying I want someone
to hit me in the nuts again."
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Awake at Cin Cin Wine Bar
Lullu Truitt, SBJ Food Editor
Bottles of wine,
people, laughter, corks popping
Yes. I am dreaming of a Wine Bar.
Ciao a tutti:
Here I am trying to write something I like,
something I care to write about and as usual,
I have the problem of the choice. Just like
when I do my cooking classes, I have no
problem cooking whatever I decided to prepare;
the problem is the
choices. Way too many!
So here I am, a blank
canvas in front of me and
bits and pieces of subjects
and images go by me. It is
almost like a conveyer belt
at a sushi restaurant. All
the choices are in front of
you and you have to pick
On my imaginary
conveyer belt there are
some wine glasses going around and around
-sake also is going around, but for the moment
my attention is on the wine
glasses. Of course... wine. glasses,
bottles of wine, people, laughter,
corks popping... yes I am dreaming
of a Wine Bar. No, don't wake
me up, let me go with it.
begin with, I need a name. A few
names come up like "Lullu's wine
bar" or "Downtown wine bar" and a
couple more, but I will call it "Cin
Cin Wine Bar" Cin Cin in Italian
means Cheers. Ok, I think I have
a good start. What's next? Tables.
I need a few tables and chairs.
Engelberg Antiques here I am. It
is my lucky dream. I found 2 tables and 8
chairs that I like. I already have 2 tables with
chairs so I am all set.
Wine shelves are very much needed because
I want to show off my wine collection, Check
that! And speaking of wine collection, one
of my Italian favorites of the reds is Ripasso.
The leftover skins and seeds still warm and
full of sugar of the Amarone (one of the most
precious wines) and Recioto which is an intense
flavored sweet wine made from dried
passito grapes that are added to the batch of
Valpolicella wine and it will ferment for 10/
12 more days. This combination is the closest
to Amarone without the big price point.
In Toscana we have the well known Chianti
and the majestic Brunello di Montalcino. I
have 5 wine distributors and I taste all the
wine that I sell in the store. I figure that if
I like the wine I taste at 11 AM, it is a great
wine. At 5 pm I probably will like most of
them. I have been tasting also wine from the
NW and I am happy with my selection and
variety. I think this wine bar idea might work
You can travel the world thru a wine
glass since I have wines from Europe, Argentina
and USA. I came up with the name, the
furniture, the wines, the shelves to display
the wine, and the location. Location, location,
location is one of the most important
elements of a new business and I think I have
a great location: Right at the entrance of my
I realized I am not dreaming anymore. I am
awake and I am opening a Wine Bar, Cin Cin
Wine Bar. That's scary, exciting and. . . scary.
Now, I need people that appreciate traveling
without leaving, appreciate good food
(oh, yes, there is that too! Antipasto plates)
and support local business. OK you got me! I
am from Italy but I can say I am also Oregonian.
Ehh, I am still here after all this rain!!!!!
Until next time,
Keep on cooking (and start drinking)
Loraine Williams Goldsmith
Old World Art in Top Demand Today
Dave Wilson and Loraine Williams
at work in the studio
In today's world of high tech, fast paced,
speeding on the communication highway,
it's nice to pull over for a moment and rediscover
an ancient art that is still prevalent
now as it was a thousand years ago.
Loraine Williams, Goldsmith, is skilled in
designing and creating fine jewelry.
Her craft is as old as time. The techniques
are steeped in tradition true to the craft.
Many are unique to each artist, Loraine is
fortunate to have studied and learned from
the venerable Dave Wilson, Goldsmith and
successful Jewelry store proprietor.
Internships have long been the path to
Goldsmith training since the middle ages.
Loraine's mentors during her classes at
Willamette Agate and Mineral Society suggested
that she seek out internship
opportunities to further her training. After
a search from Eugene to Portland, Loraine's
first choice was Dave Wilson.
The stars must have been aligned. Wilson's
busy retail store was the ideal training
ground. Dave needed help with
administrative, merchandising, advertising
and sales. Everything Loraine is good at.
She learned the art of Goldsmithing from a
master, ..on the job. "Wilson is a stickler for
details. 'It most me done right'"
Now seven years later the team of Dave
Wilson and Loraine Williams are an institution
Trusted to design, create and repair the
mid-Willamette valley's most precious jewelry,
Dave and Loraine are true artisans of
Every year Dave Wilson and Loraine Williams
travel to Antwerp Belgium to gather
the Worlds highest quality diamonds.
A visit to the store and you will most likely
find Loraine and Dave both working at filing,
soldering, forging, casting, sawing or polishing
precious metals and fine gems. But they
are never too busy to say hello, show you
what they are working on and helping each
customer and their custom needs.
Dave Wilson Designer Gold Smith Inc.
is located at 216 Commercial St NE.