About our family
Brian and Heather met at an FFA district contest in high school. They were both interviewing to compete at the state level in different business projects. Brian attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and double majored in agriculture production and agriculture business. Heather went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture communications. Their four children are active in helping in the field and with the livestock they raise.
About our food
They primarily raise corn, soybeans and wheat. Brian and Heather also have a small herd of Black Angus cows and are starting to get into the goat business after a few years of owning pet Pygmy and Alpine goats.
About our farm
Brian and Heather both come from several generations of farm families. Brian's mom grew up milking cows and his dad grew up raising chickens, cattle and working in the fields of corn, soybeans and wheat. Heather's parents were much the same, with her mom growing up with milk cows and her dad doing field work and raising dairy goats and then sheep to help pay for college.
Our farming philosophy
We take our roles as stewards of the land very seriously and work every day to leave the soil on our farm in better condition than the day before so that it can be fruitful for future generations.
The best part about being a farmer
Being in contact with nature; it's literally grounding. There's nothing more humbling than witnessing animals give birth or losing a crop or calf to weather or some unforeseen circumstance. Conversely, it's deeply gratifying to have a successful yield and to see the calves or baby goats run up to you in the pasture with ears flopping. In these moments, you know you are successful in your role as a steward of land and life.