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Leaving our mark on the farm

Two Hearts, One Harvest: The Reskovacs have made a lot of changes to the farm, but a recent change to the barn might be their biggest yet.

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac, Bloggers

October 2, 2023

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 A colorful barn quilt painted on the front facade of a barn
LEAVING OUR MARK: Last fall, Mike Reskovac surprised his wife, Sheilah, by saying that he had contacted a guy about having a barn quilt painted. A barn quilt is something Sheilah always wanted. Photos courtesy of Mike and Sheilah Reskovac

Since we bought our farm in 2014, we have been slowly making changes and improvements to truly make it our own.

We have had a lot of compliments over the past few years, and people comment on the changes we’ve made. And although our most recent change is perhaps not as big as some of the other changes we’ve made, it is something that makes us feel that we have put our mark on the farm.

Our bank barn has a long history of having a painting on it. There was originally a painting of a Holstein cow on the barn. We don’t know exactly when it was put up or what happened to it, but it was the mark of the original farm owners, the Ruanes.

The next owners, the Piwowars, had a daughter that painted a picture of one of their Jersey cows. It was the next painting to go on the barn. When we bought the farm in 2014, we got the cow with it. It was decided then that if we ever took the cow down, it would go back to the family.

Last fall, for our 10-year anniversary, Mike surprised me by saying that he had contacted a guy about having a barn quilt painted for us. A barn quilt is something that I have always loved looking at and mentioned a few times that I would like to have on our farm.

We took a weekend getaway to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and stopped to speak to the artist. We told him what we wanted, and he said that he would get some drawings together and get back to us.

This spring, we took the Jersey cow down and took it back to the Piwowar family. Life got busy and hectic, and it took some time to finalize our design, but in early August we got a call that it was completed.

We took another road trip to pick it up, stored it in our shed for a couple of weeks and then, with the help of a friend who owns a bucket truck, we put it up.

We are extremely happy with the way it looks. Charlie at Charlie’s Art and Soul did an amazing job!

Now we have to figure out where the next one will go!

Decisions, decisions.

Sheilah and Mike Reskovac and their sons farm near Uniontown, Pa. Check out all of their "Two Hearts, One Harvest" blogs.

About the Author(s)

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac


Mike and Sheilah Reskovac are a young farming couple just starting their second year of marriage and farming together, near Uniontown, Pa. He's a first-gen farmer who met his fourth-gen farmer-bride online, and married in November 2012.

Mike grew up next to and working on his neighbor's Fayette County dairy farm through high school and college. After graduating from Penn State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Ag Systems Management, he worked as a manager at Tractor Supply stores for three years.

In 2005, he began farming his neighbor's land. Today, he and Sheilah farm 900 acres of corn and soybeans, plus do custom planting and harvesting.

Mike is president of the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association. He also serves on the local Penn State Extension Board and is a Farm Service Agency county committee member.

Sheilah grew up on her family's Indiana County dairy farm. She graduated from DuBois Business College in 2008 with an associate's degree in Specialized Business and Medical Assistance, then worked for DuBois Regional Medical Center for four years. She also volunteered as a firefighter and EMT for the local fire company.

Since moving to Fayette County, Sheilah has been chief bookkeeper and farm assistant, along with taking classes at Penn State Fayette for Nursing. She enjoys “taking care of” groundhog problems, raking hay and mowing cornstalks.

While she enjoys cooking and baking, Mike enjoys eating the goods. Both enjoy hunting, attending concerts and county fairs, and spending time with family.

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