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Afton residents Lori and Gary Swanson, along with their children, were named the 2012 Washington County Farm Family. Bulletin photo by Amber Kispert-Smith

Cottage Grove native part of Washington County's Farm Family of 2012

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Gary and Lori Swanson's farm in Afton embodies the "family farm."

Gary Swanson spent his childhood on the farm, which his family bought in 1942, and he has since raised his own family there.


"I never got far in life," Gary Swanson joked about staying on the same property all his life.

The Swanson family was named the 2012 Washington County Farm Family through the University of Minnesota Farm Family Recognition Program.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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