Organic farming

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 family farm operation of her own. “My ag teacher, Don Eikmeier, [...]

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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 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, 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 sisters, Joe was ready to farm. “When I [...]

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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 farm for only [...]

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