Cheers for Farmers

This page acknowledges some of the hard-working farmers who are helping to change America’s landscape to organic.

Are you a certified organic farmer or transitioning to organic? We’d like to recognize you, too!

We feature a farm on the MOSES Facebook and Twitter pages on Fridays (#FridayFeaturedFarm) and link to your website or Facebook page. We’ll also add your farm to the list below. It’s a great way to get attention for the good work you’re doing.

Become a Featured Farm

 

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All Seasons Farm, is a family-owned organic farm located in the heart of southern Illinois. Jill Rendelman and Bill Vogler grow organic produce for CSA members year-round, using high and low tunnels to extend the growing season. All Seasons use the principles of bio-intensive farming, producing large amounts of nutritionally dense, high quality produce on raised beds in small acreages. 

Amaltheia Organic Dairy, is a family-run operation tucked against the base of the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman, Mont. Melvyn and Susan Brown with son, Nathan, and daughter, Sarah, produce goat cheeses, pork, and vegetables. Whey by-products from milking the goats are fed to the pigs and all manure is composted. By focusing on diversity, the Browns have improved the health of their soils, their livestock, and the quality of their products since they began farming in 2000.

Clay Bottom Farm, a certified organic farm in Goshen, Ind., is home to Rachel Hershberger, her husband, Ben Hartman, and their two sons. Rachel and Ben make a living on less than one acre of land selling their produce via a CSA, at a farmers’ market, and to seven restaurants. 90% of their food ends up within 10 miles of the farm. Ben is the author of The Lean Farm and will present on the “lean” system at Organic University and the upcoming MOSES Conference.

Crossroads Community Farm is a certified organic family farm located in Cross Plains, Wis. Farmers Mike and Cassie Noltnerwyss raise an abundance of organic produce every year. With 12 seasons of experience under their belts, they are proud to provide the Madison area with a variety of healthy, local, and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. They market their produce directly through their CSA and various outlets in the Madison area. Cassie will share her knowledge of sustainable farm law in this upcoming Organic University course: https://mosesorganic.org/course-7-sustainable-farm-law-101/

Country Blossoms Organics, LLC, is a certified organic farm, owned and operated by the Priesgen family – Joe and Doris, their daughter, Jolina, son, Ben, and his wife, Jenny. This former dairy farm has been in Doris’s family for over 160 years and is located in Lomira, Wis. They grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, edible and cut flowers for grocery stores, local restaurants, two small farmers markets, and direct customers. Currently they have two acres under production with hopes to expand in the next few years.

Doubting Thomas Farm, nestled in the Red River Valley near Moorhead, Minn., is part of a 5th generation family farm run by Lee and Noreen Thomas, along with their son Carsten. They offer a variety of organic and heirloom vegetables, mushrooms, rolled oats, organic flours, barley, blue corn, dried beans and homegrown pork. They are one of few farms approved for growing rare tribal corn from White Earth Reservation. Additionally they provide on-farm educational classes.

Doudlah Farms DBA FarmRite Organics, owned and operated by 3rd generation farmers Mark and Lucy Doudlah, is a 1,450-acre diversified organic grain operation located near Evansville, Wis. The Doudlahs produce corn, soybeans, ancient grains, cover crop seed, dry beans, and pastured pork, chicken and turkeys, and eggs. The death of Mark’s father from cancer in 2008 – likely caused by long-term exposure to ag chemicals – marked the beginning of their transitioning to organic, a journey that will see 1,500 acres certified organic by spring 2017.

Fairview Farms, also known as Olson Organics, sits on 1,100 certified organic acres of row crops in SW Minnesota. Jonathan and Carolyn Olson, husband-and-wife farming duo, have farmed their land shoulder to shoulder for more than 25 years. Together they grow organic corn, soybeans and wheat using a pest- and weed-management plan centered around a three-crop rotation and cover crops.

Four Elements Organic Herbal, owned by Jane Hawley Stevens and her husband, David, is a 130-acre farm located an hour northwest of Madison in Wisconsin’s pristine Baraboo Bluffs. They produce medicinal herbal teas, skin care and wellness products, and have been certified organic since 1990. Freshly harvested herbs are handpicked at peak potency and processed at their dedicated facility.

Foxtrot Organic Farm is a certified organic farm located just 30 miles west of Chicago, Ill. Jeff Hughes and Ellen Kamps, owners and operators, grow 135 varieties of open-pollinated vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers on 12 acres of land, all of which they sell via their CSA and country farm stand. This enterprising pair, equally committed to sustainable agriculture as they are community outreach, are the co-founders of the Chillinois Young Farmers Coalition, the first of its kind in Illinois.

Full Circle Farm in Seymour, Wisconsin, is run by Rick Adamski and Valerie Dantoin. After dairying for over 30 years, they now offer grass-fed beef and organic eggs. Additionally they are converting 160 acres to permaculture and also developing a community-based, incubator/teaching farm.

Genuine Faux Farm, located in northeastern Iowa near Tripoli. Farmers Rob and Tammy Faux grow vegetables, herbs and fruit, and also raise turkeys, chickens and ducks. Most of their products are locally distributed and marketed to clients within 50 miles of the farm. Tammy and Rob are both active in educating others about local and sustainable products.

Grassroots Farm near Monroe, Wis, is owned and operated by a mother/daughter team, Gail Carpenter and Lindsey Morris Carpenter. This highly diversified, small family farm offers certified organic fruit, vegetables, and hops, as well as eggs, chicken, turkey, pork, and beef for the table through farmers’ market and CSA as well as limited local restaurants.

Great Oak Farm is a 60-acre certified organic farm located in Mason, Wisconsin, just south of Lake Superior. With the help of seasonal employees, farmer Chris Duke enjoys growing 8 acres of vegetables that he distributes via the Lake Superior CSA and wholesale outlets. The LSCSA is a grower-owned cooperative effort of over 20 different producers located in Ashland and Bayfield Counties, offering a variety of vegetable, fruit, meat, flower, and bakery shares.

Happy Hollow Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm located near Jamestown, Mo., is entering its 8th year of full-time CSA production. Farmers Liz and Katie Graznak and their team of employees and apprentices use a combination of cover cropping , crop rotations, compost applications and hay mulch to grow their produce in the rich loam soils of the Missouri River valley. They market their produce directly through their CSA, the Columbia Farmers Market, several locally owned restaurants, and at Natural Grocers.

Hog’s Back Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm in Arkansaw, Wis. Farmers David and Melinda Van Eeckhout grow mainly for their CSA members in the Twin Cities area, and focus on growing high quality produce with little environmental impact. In August 2014, the Eeckhouts switched completely to solar power for all their farm needs. To further reduce their carbon footprint, they deliver all their produce in re-usable totes. David and Melinda feel strongly that stewardship of the land is just one small piece of taking care of the planet.

Loon Organics is a 40-acre certified organic farm located an hour west of Minneapolis in Hutchinson, Minn. With beginnings at the Gardens of Eagan Incubator Farm, owners and operators Laura Frerichs and Adam Cullip have successfully been farming for the past 12 years. With two small sons in tow, they provide their 200-member CSA and the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis with vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers.

LotFotL Community Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm located west of Elkhorn, Wis. Farmers Tim Huth and April Yuds offer a 24-week CSA program, season extension, and an online farm store where meat, fruit, and other local products are available for sale. They primarily serve the Milwaukee area, and you can also find them at Brookfield and South Shore farmers markets.

Mary Dirty Face Farm is an organic farm tucked up against a ridge near Menomonie, Wis. Owners and operators, Rachel Henderson and Anton Ptak, started planting their 5½ acre diversified orchard in 2009. They now offer primarily perennial fruit – apples, pears, plums, berries, and table grapes. Recently Anton and Rachel began work on a second orchard block that will include disease-resistant, heirloom, and cider apples.

Montalbano Farms is an organic and GAP-certified farm in north central Illinois. They grow vegetables of every stripe, including many of those in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste collection. Farmers Christina, Rob, Camelia, Lauren, Rebekah and Hannah have been growing since 2006. Readers voted Montalbano Farms as “Chicago’s Best Local Farm” in 2014 and 2015.

SONY DSCNorth Star Farms, located in the northern Great Plains near Minot, is the only certified organic vegetable operation in northwestern North Dakota. In use on their 2.5-acre farm is a passive solar greenhouse which, when built, was the first of its kind in the state. Owner/operators Marvin and Ilene Baker raise up to 80 varieties of produce for shareholders and for the North Prairie Farmers’ Market. Beginning this year they’ve extended their reach to serve the Minot Air Force Base. Additionally, Marvin and Ilene welcome educational groups such as the FFA chapter pictured.

Open Hands Farm CSA is a 15-acre certified organic vegetable farm located just north of Northfield, Minn. Farmers Erin Johnson and Ben Doherty grow over 270 varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs for their CSA and wholesale accounts. They are committed to feeding their community fresh and nutritious produce using ecologically and economically sustainable methods. Many of the varieties Erin and Ben grow are heirloom or open-pollinated cultivars, and are harvested and handled to maximize freshness, flavor and nutritional value.

cheers-park-ridge-organics-fond-du-lac-wisPark Ridge Organics, situated along the beautiful shore of Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago, produces a wide variety of vegetables. Owner/operator Robyn Calvey, along with over 30 employees raises produce for its 290-member CSA, an on-farm store, many wholesale accounts, and the Appleton Farmers’ Market. It all began in 2003 when Robyn’s parents had a dream for their land and attended the MOSES Conference and were inspired to grow organic. Robyn also has shared her expertise by serving as a mentor in the MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program.

PrairiErth Farm, located in the center of Illinois, is a highly diversified, certified organic farm run by the Bishops – Dave, his sons Graham and Hans, and Hans’ wife, Katie. On 300 acres, PrairiErth produces corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, grass hay, a large assortment of vegetables, fruit and flowers, and if that’s not enough to keep them busy, they raise grass-fed beef, free-range chickens and heritage breed pigs! They say, “Together, we believe organic is more than just a practice, it’s a way to influence a healthy life in our community and provide a sustainable way of producing food.”

Prairie Wind Family Farm is a 20-acre certified organic farm that lies within the heart of Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake, Ill. Owners and farmers Jen and Jeff Miller grow a wide variety of vegetables, raise hens on pasture for eggs, and provide fresh, locally-grown fruit to their CSA members. They also collaborate with various local organizations on projects that provide organic produce to community food banks, offer mentoring to beginning farmers, and educate local school children about the benefits of healthy food.

R & G Miller & Sons, Inc., is a five-generation organic dairy farm located northeast of Madison, Wis., in Dane County. The farm, headed up by brothers Ron and Gary, carries on a legacy of dairy farming established in 1852 by their great-grandfather. Organic farming is a way of life for them and reflects their dedication and commitment to the environment. They produce high quality organic milk without sacrificing the health or comfort of their 800+ head dairy herd.

Radical Root Organic Farm, nestled among restored prairie and forest preserve north of Chicago near Libertyville, Ill., is a 150-year-old farm owned by a conservation organization. Farmers Alison Parker & Alex Needham grow certified-organic vegetables and raise happy, pastured animals for their CSA, market and farm stand.

River Root Farm, an organic produce farm, is nestled into a hillside inside the city limits of Decorah, Iowa. Farmers Katie Prochaska and Mike Bollinger grow three acres of outdoor vegetables and a half-acre under high tunnel cover. Katie and Mike believe soil is the “tablecloth on the banquet of civilization,” and that healthy soil makes healthy food, which in turn creates healthy communities. They provide microgreens, transplants, fresh herbs and four-season salad greens to grocery stores and restaurants in Decorah and surrounding communities.

Melissa Driscoll and Jay Hambidge of Seven Songs Organic Farm in Goodhue County, Minn., grow baby yellow ginger, baby red turmeric, baby galangal, 10 kinds of garlic, raspberries, Animal Welfare Approved eggs, 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, a variety of herbs, red Russian kale, and other vegetables. “Seven songs” refers to the sources of energy for the farm: the four directions, the earth, the sky, and the farmers. They sell at the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis, to select co-ops and restaurants, to a local kimchee maker, and a brewery.

Sin Fronteras Farm and Food is a 3.5-acre family farm and local foods business in Stillwater, Minnesota, which specializes in fresh, healthy, Latino food. Farmer Eduardo Rivera grows jalapeño and serrano peppers, tomatillos, kale, and lettuces. All his produce is marketed through farmers’ markets, a CSA, and a dozen wholesale clients.

Two Onion Farm, owned and operated by Chris and Juli McGuire, is located in southwestern Wisconsin near Belmont. With their 3 children and a small crew of employees, the McGuires raise 5 acres of organic vegetables and apples. They started the farm in 2003 and now market their produce through a 490-member CSA program, with members in the Madison, Wis. and Dubuque, Iowa areas.

Understory Farm and Orchard in Bangor, Mich., is  a 20-acre organic fruit and vegetable farm that specializes in cider apples, tart cherries and blueberries, and a diverse understory of vegetables and edible mushrooms. Per owner and farmer Matthew Steele, “Ecological stewardship and regeneration is at the heart of our operation and we strive to bring to our customers the highest quality produce possible while maintaining an ethic of responsibility to the land that sustains us all.”

Weyland Family Farm, owned and operated by David and Lori Weyland, is a certified organic dairy farm located on the eastern side of Wisconsin near Neenah. The Weylands, along with their four children, have been farming since the 1990s. When first certified organic in 2000 they had 700 acres under production and 53 cows to milk. Today their operation has grown to 200 head and 2,100 acres in organic or transitioning-to-organic production.

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