Josh grew up on our farm which was a working dairy, beef, and crop farm until he was about 10 years old. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Minnesota for Conservation Biology and spent his free time learning how to be a city slicker and playing in rock bands.
After meeting Sally in a Northeast Mpls coffee shop and realizing the corporate world wasn't for him, he returned to Henderson and began hobby farming and working as a carpenter. A few years later, he built a house on the farm for his young family and decided to start a full-time farming business. His father still lives in the old farmhouse and has helped tremendously in getting us started in farming.
Josh is an active volunteer and serves on the board of directors for a number of organizations including the Ney Nature Center, the Sustainable Farming Association of MN and the Land Stewardship Project. He enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge of homesteading, building restoration, and farming with others. And he still plays music in a band, although it sounds more like bluegrass now.
Sally was born and raised in South Minneapolis, a city girl. But because her paternal grandparents grew up in rural Mankato and had farming roots, Sally was always drawn to the old school farming lifestyle. After a run at corporate life and feeling quite unfulfilled, Sally attended Dakota County Technical College for a degree in Landscape Horticulture.
After graduation, she worked at Minnesota Valley Garden Center for two years and then decided with Josh to start gardening and farming on their own land. Slowly she has built a flock of chickens and dabbled in many animal ventures; fiber goats, milking goats, meat chickens, pasture raised beef, and latest venture was training steers into oxen.
Six years and 3 kids (human) later, Sally is still in love with the lifestyle of old school farming, self sufficiency and community development.