My life at The Farm goes all the way back to the late 1960’s, when it was my grandfather who owned the land we farm on now. It so happened that I was blessed to spend one summer here helping him, and it has been in my blood ever since.
I went off to college out in California, and after coming to the decision that I was not engineering-minded, I instead bought a cactus and succulent nursery. Later I transitioned to running an avocado ranch.
It was during that time that I missed my first opportunity to come back to The Farm. My grandfather retired in the early 1980’s, but I was busy with the avocados, so it wasn’t until the year of 2000 that I finally came back to Minnesota to stay.
In the interim, one of my mother’s cousins had farmed conventional grains, so when we arrived, we slowly began taking over a few acres while leasing out the remainder to help cover costs. After a number of years experimenting and getting used to farming in Minnesota (different weather you know), in 2009 I was introduced to the soil web. This complex collection of life interacts with the crop to reach my goal of highly nutritious food. It has been my quest to understand what needs to be done to the soil to feed the microbes to grow healthy crops. When I succeed is when the plant tells the soil what nutrients it needs as each day that is different. If the plants and the biology can work out the hard part of feeding daily nutrients, as a farmer my job is to keep the soil healthy.
The soil web concept seemed to fit perfectly with my absolute passion to bring highly-nutritional food to my customers. If you’ve spent much time around me, you know it only takes a comment to get me going for an hour about my love for farming! I’ve got big, big plans for the future, and growing The Farm every year brings us closer to that vision. I also believe that fresh food that has more nutrition will help ease the burden on our health care professionals.
We’re incredibly grateful that so many have decided to join us on this journey and each year continues to blow us away. We consider our CSA members and all our customers part of the family, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Daniel & Donna Moe, Proprietors
Located in Hutchinson, MN 55336
Dedicated to providing healthy, nutritional produce to our friends and family.