Thank You For Helping Us.
- This was taken near the farm's driveway.
- Carol loves her Jersey cows. This cow's name is Miss Daisy.
- This is a simple graphic of how we were remodeling the old barn. We had the milking parlor framed and approx. $4500 worth of lumber and tools inside at the time of the fire..
- This is one of the only photos we have of the framing of the parlor. This was shortly after we started the project.
A Little Bit About Us
We're a family of 4, although we will see us as a trio. Our oldest daughter is multi-handicapped and lives at home with us, Since she cannot voice her opinion as to whether or not she wants her photo taken, we do not splash her photo online.
Both of us grew up in the area. Carol's dad was a farm mechanic and her mother's parents were farmers. Rich's dad and his dad's parents were dairy farmers and his mother's parents were turkey & beef farmers.
We moved to the farm in 2008 and almost immediately started the transition to becoming Certified Organic (MOSA). Both Carol & Rich attended farming classes on organic practices, becoming a grass-based farm, Holistic Farm Management and later enrolled in The Land Stewardship's Farm Beginnings Program, where they developed a business plan. They also unrolled in the Farm Business Program through the local college and partial funded by the Minnesota Dept. of Ag.
During that time, they started raising dairy goats and a few head
of Scottish Highland Beef, before purchasing their first dairy cow
(Miss Daisy). From that point forward, they sold healthy,
grass-fed, raw milk. In fact, they had such a demand for milk,
they would milk one of the Scottish Highland cows (which happens to
be one Madison's 4-H/FFA show cows.
The farm has been proudly Certified Organic since 2011.
Last summer, we were able to secure financing for the purchase of an organic dairy herd and the necessary harvesting and manure handling equipment. The barn remodel was self-financed. And was being put-up with the help of friends and family.
The dairy equipment was purchased in December. This
included the bulk/cooling tank, pipe-line, vacuum pump, receiving
jar, and claw-units... everything they needed was included for
A herd of Registered Jersey cows was located in Kentucky, that seemed ideal. The day of the fire, Rich had just gotten off the phone with the owner, when Carol shouted the words no farmer wants to hear, "THE BARN IS ON FIRE!"
If you could find it in your heart, please consider donating to the fund, set aside to rebuild the dairy barn. youcaring.com/PrairiesEdge
How to donate
No Insurance? Why?
We thought we did have insurance.
When we moved in our house and put up a high-tunnel - we insured
those. Last fall, after we signed papers for our dairy loan we
told our agent(s) we needed insurance for the barn - that was going
to be our bread and butter - could not risk losing everything.
Only after the fire, we found it was not insured. We were also told we didn't have blanket coverage.
Raw milk Sales
Currently, we are taking a break. We have no place to milk our Jersey cow.
We are trying to figure out where we go from here. We're sorry.
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