Farm

By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Minnesota’s Farm to School program kicked off in 2006, with many farms across the state supplying produce to their local school districts. Dick Geers in Paynesville joined the program in 2011. Farm to School programs connect farms with school cafeterias and classrooms. A comprehensive program includes farm-fresh, locally-grown produce [...]

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By Liz Verley Staff Writer Camphill Village Minnesota is a 500-acre biodynamic farm located between Long Prairie and Sauk Centre. According to Camphill’s website, residents living on the farm live together family-style in seven different homes and everyone shares in the responsibilities of life in the community. Camphill is home to several volunteers and 22 [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Pickled eggs and pickled turkey gizzards are specialty products that have their own unique  niche in the food product market — and they are packed right in Melrose. Scherer Enterprise was started by Cletus Scherer in 1968. “He used to serve boiled eggs in his bar, but they didn’t [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The King family has farmed Maple Hill Garden in Clotho, about 10 miles west of Long Prairie, for 30 years. Colin King is a fifth-generation Todd County farmer. His wife, Christina Esposito, discovered “community” in ways she’d never experienced after moving to Todd County in 2010. Esposito grew up [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The Don and Rita Wensmann family of rural Elmdale grew up strong with 17 siblings. Now with 53 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, the crowd is huge at holiday time. The year that the Elmdale Community Center was built, the Wensmanns began holding their family gatherings there. They meet at [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com John and Bev Sluss (rhymes with “juice”) brought home their first Norwegian Fjord horses in 1992. John counsels horse buyers not to take a four-horse trailer when horse shopping, however. Four horses came home that day. A colt was born before sunrise the next day. Bev was from Hibbing [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Rud and Susan Wasson of rural Osakis focus on living their lives in tune with nature. That includes not only their life at home with 4-year-old daughter Sarah, but also raising sheep, pastoring two small country congregations and doctoring. “Stewardship is a big part of what we do,” said [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Scot Storm took required art classes while attending Walker High School and drew comic book heroes on the side. His creative talents were channeled into an architecture degree at North Dakota State University. It wasn’t until after college, when painting became a hobby, that he saw the potential in [...]

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