Episode 74: God’s Country

One of our favorite stories from the road. There’s the quote along the lines of: “Christianity is great, too bad it has never been practiced.” Well in the case of the Stoller family, it has.  We really fell in love with these Ohio dairy farmers. They are the real deal and I hope you enjoy these 10 minutes with them as much as we did our two days.

38 responses to “Episode 74: God’s Country”

  1. Joel says:

    Thank you for that, Daniel. It reminded me of and brought me back to some of my roots.

    • Rick Metz says:

      love the show….  Rick Metz [email protected]

      • Glenda says:

        I lived on a farm outside  Tippecanoe, Ohio, from age 6 to age 10.  I loved it!!  Then we moved to New Philadelphia, Ohio.  My 5th and 6th grade teacher  and principal of the school  was Lillian Stoller.  I’m wondering if she is related to this Stoller family.  I was in the 5th grade in 1945-46 so, it’s been a long time ago.

        • Nelson says:

          We checked with a few people we thought might know the Stoller backround the best.  The closest answer we came up with was that the Stollers in New Philadelphia and the Stollers in our area both had their roots in Switzerland.  Whether or not we were related there we don’t know. 


    • Mirra Fine says:

      Hey Joel, glad you liked the episode. It was wonderful to make. Recipe should be posted later this week. Stay tuned…

  2. Joel says:

    Also, could you post the recipe of the pan fried potato and milk terrine? It looks really fantastic.

  3. Such a fantastic video! Really loved it – so much warmth in this family.

    Should you be curious, my favorite moments include:
    1. Mirra’s relief when reaching the top of the tower
    2. the little girl smiling at the camera during grace
    3. Daniel on the rope swing
    4. THE KITTEN!

  4. Excellent!  Another great episode….

  5. Frank James says:

    Beautiful piece and beautiful family.  Made me happy.

  6. Thegoodcook says:

    What a beautiful piece and incredible family. This mother and father truly embrace parenthood. I would love the recipe for the potato terrine AND the gorgeous [raspberry?) dough concoction. Thanks for another great adventure. I do believe this is one of my favorites.

  7. Kate says:

     This is a great episode. The family has amazing life values and show it so well in how they impart it to their family and surroundings. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  8. Loved it! Not much for religion.., but this family has it down to a routine pattern that benefits them very well. Farm and country is religion enough for me. The procession of life is so evident on a farm. I think maybe that’s the lacking I find in most city dwellers eyes. Another great episode! Thanks Daniel and Mirra for what you bring into my world. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>

  9. Janice Beall says:

    What a beautiful episode. What a beautiful family. This is what the gods and goddesses would like to see in all of us.

  10. Angelique says:

    Great episode. Love how they are raising their kids!

  11. Juliane says:

    Wow.  Ok you two.  I cam across your site a few months ago and went crazy watching like four or five episodes every night.  Then I caught up with you and went into withdrawal.  I’ve been meaning to say thank you for the encouragement that you are on my journey to live more sustainable but I haven’t until now.  But now it has to be said because I have tears in my eyes.  This episode was my childhood.  Everything in it, just that my immediate family wasn’t conservative.  I had uncles with all sorts of missing fingers and limbs, rope swing in the hayloft, feeding the caves, literally the same milkers, collecting eggs from my chickens, climbing the silo, and so much more.  I’m with the boy in the video picking up rocks or as our family used to call them “rock parties” is the worst.  You walk the entire field just picking up rocks and pitching them into a wagon behind the tractor in the blazing hot sun.  This episode was a delight for me and I’m thrilled you enjoyed your time in Ohio, it is an amazing place to grow up.  So now I am again filled with the desire to move back home and start farming with my parents (which is how I feel after just about every episode).  Thanks again.  Keep at it.
    And if you want to make things a little more interesting take some old watermelons up the silo with you and drop those over the edge.  Yeah it is a good life.  

    • Charlene says:

      Hi, Juliane.  I’m the mom of these eight children in the video.  I enjoyed your reminiscing.  I myself was not raised on a farm, so I have learned LOTS over the years.  I do love the farm life though.  As for the silo, the children haven’t tried throwing watermelons over the edge.  (The chickens like the old watermelons.)  However, they have tried plastic gallon jugs filled with water.  They seem to think it makes a lovely splat!  Oh well…

      • Juliane says:

        Charlene nice to meet you!  I grew up in Wayne County, on a farm just outside of Kidron.  I was absolutely blown away by how similar it was to my childhood.  I am thirty now but remember it like it was yesterday.  Finding a litter of kittens in the hayloft,  dad on the combine till three in the morning when we needed to get the corn in,  helping neighbors get escaped cows back in and hours upon hours of playing in the creek.  My family makes tractors in Orrville now and my husband and I are missionaries working at a childrens home in Bolivia.  I miss living on the farm and often think of returning to it someday.  The watermelons were my older cousins idea.  We had a neighbor show up with a pickup truck full of watermelons that were going bad and my cousins thought it would be great fun.  They should try it it makes a HUGE splat, as sticky one too!  I know that your children will be grateful for their time on the farm.  It is a gift that I treasure! 

  12. Foody2 and Oliver says:

    One of the most penetratingly touching episodes yet! You are able to capture their life as well as their hearts on film. 

  13. Lynda says:

    Wonderful video. Makes me wish I could raise my kids all over again. I know another family who lives similar to the Stoller’s, and they are terrific people. The children are well-mannered and very loving. This is one of the best videos you  have provided. I am sending this link to my son so he can see examples of raising children and allowing them to feel needed. Can’t wait to see the recipes–farm food is the best!

  14. Pascale says:

    good to know there are still a few real farmers out there ! they are so rare nowadays and sadly have been replaced by factory farms. being a real farmer is a lot of work and those people are to be commended for their commitment.

  15. brtsflk says:

    a fun, good time was had by all…… and appreciated.

  16. Sean via CLE says:

    Its funny how after watching that and trying to imagine myself there @ the farm doing the work everyday, I find myself insanely jealous of the simplicity in their lives and how fulfilled they seem to genuinely be. Its all so inspiring to someone like me, a kid from the city, to see that we don’t need all the gadgets and industry to live meaningful and exciting lives. Thanks for that one, way cool & thanks for the postcard from north carolina. Keep on keepin on.

  17. Nelson says:

    Uhh….Daniel…did we maybe forget some of the woodsplitting competition footage??  I suppose we can both be glad it didn’t ALL make it to the video.  I’ll leave you with this soon-to-be-famous quote:  “He who edites the footage determines the victor.”–Nelson L. Stoller

  18. Marcus says:

    I didn’t stop smiling the whole time I watched this. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Tori says:

    Scott and Charlene, Ed Butdorf shared this video on FB, so I did on mine as well.  I know that you and Charlene are well respected in the farming community around here.  🙂  Hope to see you soon…if nothing else, our 25th is coming up in a few years….. 😉  Tori…

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  21. Great episode, great family, and what a fun adventure. The wisdom oozing out of those parents is admirable.

  22. Lisa says:

    Wonderful! Thank-you… 

  23. Beth says:

    I go to church with these people. They’re so wonderful!

  24. Sweet Cicely says:

    One of my favorite episodes for sure.  My grandparents had a dairy farm and I can relate to the amount of work that goes into it. This family is remarkable and I admire them a great deal. I can see why you fell in love. I learned some really good things from watching this episode that will help me as I raise my family on a small organic farm.

  25. Tony Dongarra says:

    Thank you for this.

  26. Tbedell says:

    Yes, one of my favorites so far as well.  Mrs. Stoller is an inspiration to me and what she says is so true.  I too have been making small steps in our families lives towards more sustainable eating and it is always a work in progress. Thanks again for your programming. 

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  28. Eva says:

    I just discovered your videos…and I love them all! but the “For Udon and Country” and this one have really moved me! Thank you for sharing such wonderful inspiring stories!

    Aside, there is a dessert in this video that intrigues me…does any one know if the berry & “cream?” pastry has any particular name? I’ve never seen anything like it and it is so enticing! I’ve tried searching for a recipe but don’t know how to call it or describe it! Thank you

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