A B O U T U S
We are a husband and wife run CSA Share farm, established in 2012 by Owner Ben Brown. We come from humble beginnings, starting our farm on just a few of acres of family land with a handful of seeds. We didn’t have any equipment, seeding trays, or even a tractor, but we made it work.
We are sustainably farming about 15 acres of land this 2020 season. Because we started our own farm and rent all of the land that we farm, it’s spread out. We farm 3 acres in Big Lake, 3 acres in Elk River (only 2 miles from the BL farm), and another 10 acres in Zimmerman. Of course it isn’t ideal to have to travel between fields, but we are adamantly working towards owning our farm. The HUGE plus side to this system is that all the fields have different nutrient contents and water retention rates. Some crops like low & moist, some crops like the high & dry- we are fortunate to have the opportunity to farm both, offering our members a supreme selection of fresh produce.
If you eat our food, you have a hand in what we create. You support it and keep it (and us) going! These are some of our guiding thoughts and experiences that motivate your farmers, & help create our food.
H O W I T A L L B E G A N
Ben & I met at Central Lakes College. He was going for a Horticulture degree and I was going for my Natural Resources degree. Fast forward through us finishing our degrees and getting married, we knew what our calling was.
Ben has 20 years of experience working for the neighbor’s farm, and he is 28 years old. His experience has been much appreciated and necessary through our endeavors. In the spring, they would start the greenhouses for bedding plants and potted flowers. Then, transition into farm season with a variety of crops that they grew. A big part of his experience was being at the farmer’s markets. At a very young age he was supervising trucks going to market, particularly the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market.
Ben is the rock in our farm, without him, nothing would be possible! He brings his education and passion together in the fields, and even gets a little giddy when there is a cool cross pollination of colors in the winter squash.
Hi! I’m Jodi. I am the voice behind our website, our blog posts, and emails. During the harvest season, I enjoy washing, packing and delivering a great majority of your food. Supervising the high quality and being able to work with the beautiful bounty of the season is my passion!
I don’t come from a farming background. I grew up in Apple Valley and pursued a career in Natural Resources. Prior to starting our farm, I worked for the Department of Natural Resources in their specialty AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) programs.
I was the program supervisor for the Brainerd Public school district’s afterschool Science and Nature Program. Through that program, I coordinated many projects with the Soil and Water Conservation District including taking the kids on field trips for fishing, entering an AIS poster contest that was shared throughout the state. We were raising crayfish and tadpoles in aquariums in my class, anything to do with bugs and dirt is my favorite!
This seems to be a perfect fit. Many of my soil sciences and aquatic biology classes have contributed to our understanding of watersheds, wells, surface/ ground water irrigation, and many other biological indicators that we are happy to have as tools on our farm.
Ben & I are happy to have the opportunity to pursue what we enjoy, and sharing it with our 3 little munchkins in very special! They understand a lot of complex natural relationships, and enjoy digging and harvesting with us. We're lucky though, they're still young and have fun playing in the dirt while mom and dad stay busy :)
We are happily growing produce for our community and showing our kids what we think is really important in so many ways. Thank you for supporting our family farm!