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Our goal is to farm in nature’s balance and work with nature instead of against it

As a boy…

The story begins as a little boy doing chores on the farm. There was always something to learn. I loved to learn & experiment.

Raising rabbits was one of my first endeavors on the farm as a boy.

Farmstore

Having a little store selling farm products was something I’ve always known. My grandparents had one, & then my parents.                                                                                                                                                Now to see the 3rd generation growing up on the farm is something very special. We hope to be sustainable for the next generation in this age where farmers going out of business is the norm.

Farming Practices

We want to strive to be focused on quality and nutrient dense; as much or more so than quantity. I find it very interesting how soil and living things were created in balance; but in years past, some of what man has done in farming practices have interfered with that balance.

Our goal is to farm in nature's balance  and work with nature instead of against it.

 As a young man…

 I was always involved on the farm in some way even thru some construction jobs. We got married in 2005 and wanted to go to full time on the farm. So we started taking on management thru transition from my parents, Eli and Ada Borntrager, where Ada still helps out.

Cheese

One thing that always intrigued me was cheese and how different bacterias make different flavors. So in 2006 we started experimenting with some simple recipes and our cheese making was born!                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dutch Belted Cows                                                                                                                                                We always wanted to farm naturally and wanted cows that could thrive better on pasture and be easy keepers. Around 2010  we read some articles and did some research on the Dutch Belted breed.

We really liked the white dazzling belt in the pictures. We were able to loan a bull in 2011 and haven't looked back since. 

More Enterprises

In 2015 we added some hogs to the operation. In 2016 we added honey bees as well.

We continue to look at new ways to add more diversity to improve the farm. Adding diversity to a farm helps bring the balance of nature.

Living on the farm where I grew up and seeing life happen is truly a blessing!

By your Farmer,

Loyd Borntrager

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