Penny currently farms with her husband Bob in the north-east corner of Waupaca County, near Clintonville. They raise lamb sustainably, by rotational grazing of their flock of 300 commercial sheep on 80 acres of highly erodible land. Penny has been active in forest and farmland preservation since 2005, when she joined her town's planning committee to assist in writing their Comprehensive Land Use Plan. A short time later, she joined Waupaca County’s efforts to preserve agricultural land. She helped orchestrate Land Use Study Tours, which sent busloads of Wisconsin citizens and government officials to Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, to learn about successful farmland preservation methods. When she returned from the tour, Penny helped form the Waupaca County Partners for Working Lands (WCPWL), a group of concerned citizens that advocate for farmland preservation. Bob and Penny have two grown children who have careers in medicine and live out of state.