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April 11th 2013:Finding Family, Farming, and Poetry

Family is very important. Richard Hill did not know he was adopted. It was quite a journey to finally connect all the dots. Katie Pratt is a farmer and wife and mother. Their seven generation family farming business stresses the importance of working together. Wife, mother, educator, and poet Katya Taylor did not start her family until she was in her forties. Family makes all the difference. Learn the importance of your family from this episode.

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Katie Pratt

Katie Pratt of Grand Prairie Farms in Dixon, Ill and her husband Andy (a seventh generation farmer) raise corn, soybeans and seed corn for a regional family-owned company. Welcoming tour groups to their farm is a family tradition starting back in the early 1970’s when Andy’s grandfather hosted students from Chicago-area schools on his dairy farm. They currently farm in partnership with Andy’s family and have two children.
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Katya Sabaroff Taylor

Katya Sabaroff Taylor is a writer and founder of Creative Arts and Healing (Creative Arts and Healing). She has been enchanted with Haiku since 19, and has been practicing this "essence" poem for exactly 50 years. She loves to encourage people to find their authentic voice and believes we all have a poet inside waiting for expression. Katya lives in Tallahassee Florida, and when she's not writing and teaching, spends lots of time in her garden, and visits to the nearby Gulf beaches, where many haiku are born.
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Richard Hill

Richard Hill is the author of Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. He was introduced to several forms of DNA testing in his search to find his family. Motivated to share his success with other adoptees, he created his easy-to-understand web site, DNA Testing Adviser . As the expert who bridges the fields of genetic genealogy and adoption search, he helps adoptees, genealogists, and others seeking to find lost relatives or confirm suspected relationships. His groundbreaking use of genetic genealogy tests in adoption search was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Hill gives talks on DNA testing and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mixed Roots
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