Blue Ox

Grazing for Change

Outside Wheeler, Wis. where the Driftless meets the North Woods, you'll find our family farm and all its inhabitants.

When we moved from rental-farm life onto our own land in 2013, your steadfast farmers knew two simple truths:

There is a lot of work to be done.

and

This is an important path to follow.

While we've accomplished a lot,
our mission still remains:

 

  • to improve the land on this tired farm we purchased

  • to give our livestock the best life we can muster

  • to provide habitat for the wild things 

  • to support the community that surrounds us

We chip away at that mission every day through:

 

  • managing our mix of grasslands and forest with livestock in a system called 'rotational grazing'

  • engaging with our neighbors to advocate for family farms, rural communities, and our food system

 

Meet Your Steadfast Farmers

I entered sustainable agriculture through my taste buds. While working and learning in the Minneapolis fine dining scene, I developed a deep appreciation for the taste and quality of the produce and proteins coming from area farms.

I appreciated the relationships formed between the eaters and those producers through the quality of their products.

 

This “epi-curiosity” led me to my first internship on a diversified vegetable farm in Southeast Minnesota. I was hooked – produce couldn’t get any better than right out of the field!

 

Since then, my path has lead me to working on several farms, obtaining a Bachelors degree in sustainable agriculture, managing a community-based non-profit farm and a farm to school initiative – all with the goal of producing the best quality possible and improving our world.

 

My passion is to grow high quality food for my community. I want it to taste just as good on your plate as it does in the field. 

I've developed a strong interest in managing the nutrition of our sheep and cattle by learning more about forages and better managing our pastures. This leads to healthy livestock and eaters, alike.

When I'm not farming, I coordinate with other producers in the area through my role as the Dunn County Farmers Union president. Together, we visit farms, learn from each other, and organize to bring about the positive changes we want to see in our region. 

From a young age, I enjoyed caring for wildlife, being outdoors, and cultivating community. I remember long summer days visiting my grandparents' farm in South Central Minnesota, but never expected that farming would become my own way of life. 

 

I studied anthropology and art, then moved into a position with Extension's 4-H and Master Gardener programs, I joined Caleb on his quest to grow food and soon discovered an unexpected passion for shepherding.

 

I get to use my fascination with biology to provide most of the flock’s health care and act as midwife during lambing. I enjoy the quirks of flock psychology and love fiber arts.
We're a good match.

 

Even better is the opportunity to wander outdoors moving fencing and listening to the symphony of wildlife mixed with the munching of happy animals. I enjoy rumination as much as our resident ruminants. 

 

When I'm not farming, I work as Program Director for the nonprofit organization MOSES where I coordinate the nation’s largest organic farming conference and educate other producers about everything from farm finances to production practices.

In February of 2018, I was elected as District 2 Director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and appreciate the opportunity to serve my community as we advocate for family farmers, the food system, and rural communities.