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

The story begins as a little boy doing chores on the farm. There was always something to learn. Experiments were what would keep you going. Having rabbits was one of the first endeavors on the farm as a boy. Having a little store selling farm products was something my grandparents had done.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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. We want to strive to be focused on quality and nutrient dense as much as quanity. I find it very interesting how soil and living things were created in balance but man has done some pratices that have interfeered with that balance. Our goal is to farm in nature's balance  and work with nature instead of against it.  I was always involved in the farm in some way even thru some contruction jobs. We got married in 2005 and wanted to go full time on the farm. So we started taking on management for the farm thru transition from my parents, Eli and Ada Borntrager, where Ada still helps out. One thing that always intruiged me was cheese and how different bacterias make different flavors. So in 2006 we started experimenting with some simple recipes and it just went from there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We always wanted to farm naturally and wanted a 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. 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.