Growing up in northwestern Indiana, I helped my parents on their farm by driving tractors in the corn and soybean fields.
I graduated from Purdue University in 1987 armed with a degree in Agriculture Business. With that in hand, I ventured north to Wisconsin in 1989 with the help of my sister, her husband and his father. We then purchased our first farm north of Montello, WI and began growing mint on the muck soils.
With the encouragement of Jack Crescio from Randolph, and Larry Alsum of Alsum Farms and Produce, I began growing my first 10 acres of potatoes with old borrowed equipment. With scouting and agronomic advice from Randy Van Haren of Pest Pros we successfully harvested and sold our first potatoes to Alsum Farms and Produce. By now I was hooked on growing vegetables.
By the late 1990’s we were growing 350 acres of red potatoes. In 1995, we started growing yellow onions on about 5 acres of lands, which has steadily grown to 200 acres today.
In 1993, not only did I enjoy the growth of the farm, but I married my wife, Connie, who has worked with me on the growth of our farm. In 1998, we enjoyed the birth of our first son, Clay, followed by Morgan, Jeremy, and Leah; whom all work and help manage the farm.
While still working the land in Montello, WI; we decided in 1999 to purchase our current farm in Kingston, WI and began our adventure of farming nearly 1000 acres of muck soils. But after five years of managing two farms 25 miles apart we decided to sell our beginning farm in Montello.
In 2005, armed with good credit and money burning a hole in my pocket, I set out for Montana to join the best seed potato growers in the country. We planted our first mini-tubers in Kinsey, MT. With significant investment in the infrastructure and dedicated employees we steadily grew that to 125 acres of certified seed potatoes.
With the belief of crop rotation, in 2012 we experimented with broccoli, cauliflower, and celery. Besides the potatoes and onions, we are now growing celery.
Look for our potatoes, onions, and celery in your grocery stores. At the farm, we grow, harvest, and package our own products.
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