Organic farming
By Kerry Drager Correspondent Marty Primus of Sauk Centre has always enjoyed farming the natural way. He learned to farm from his father who never modernized his farming practices. Farming the land was meant to be a family effort that respected and tended the land. This mentality became Primus’ dr...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Lisa Baker grew up close to the soil on seven acres in Collegeville Township, helping her parents with chickens, horses and gardens. Those experiences were expanded by membership in 4-H and FFA, ultimately leading Baker to a sustainable famil...Read More
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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...Read More
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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 exp...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, i>Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Joe Borgerding took over his family’s home farm in western Stearns County in 1976. His dad, Ambrose, who was from Freeport, had bought the 320-acre farm north of Belgrade in 1946. As the 10th child of 12, with eight older siste...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Whether or not to live life on a farm was never a question for Neal Klaphake. Raising his family on the farm where he grew up south of Melrose, Neal said, “I’ve just enjoyed dairy farming; it’s a neat way of life.” He lived off the f...Read More
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By EMILIE THIESSEN Staff Writer emilie.thiessen@ecm-inc.com Transitioning to a full-fledged organic farm took time for Sauk Centre resident Josh Wolbeck, but the process wasn’t what he expected. “It was actually easier than they say it is,” he said. “Your main goal is to get the land organi...Read More
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