About our family
Gary has been farming his entire life, while I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and became a farmer “by marriage.” We live about an hour northwest of Chicago, farming the land that’s been in Gary’s family since the 1840s.
About our food
We grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. We also have a 60-cow herd of beef cattle, and market beef directly to customers. We’ve been selling beef at local farmers markets for 10 years.
About our farm
Gary grew up farming with his parents and grandfather. We now farm together with one full-time employee who is a cousin. A few others help out seasonally, including our son, Grant, when he’s home from college.
Our farming philosophy
We strive to be good stewards of the land and animals we care for, and our goal is to be productive and responsible in our farming operation. We want to leave it in a better condition than when we began so that it can be passed on to future generations.
The best part about being a farmer
We enjoy the work, and seeing that work result in a successful crop of healthy, nutritious food is a great reward. Every day is kept interesting as we take on a variety of work and challenges.