Certified Organic Farmers
While all of our growers use sustainable growing practices, these are the farmers who are certified organic with MOSA, the Midwest organic certifying agency
John Wepking (and his son, Henry). Ridgeway.
John grew up on a farm outside of Lancaster, went away, met his wife Halee in a restaurant in New York, and came back to the Driftless Region with great food on his mind. Paul Bickford wanted to pass on his legacy, and in 2014 these two families came together and now John is managing Paul's beautiful land high on the ridge where they look forward to growing an increasing variety of heirloom grains. The enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication they share is inspiring. They look forward to building a new certified organic grain cleaning shed on their land in the next year.
dennis Dochnahl, Dodgeville, WI. With Lonesome Stone since 2009
Dennis's family has been farming on his land for over 100 years. He is the fourth generation to honor the land at Scenic Height Farm, which was named by his parents. He grew up believing that minimal inputs were needed with careful growing practices, and in 2010 he became certified organic. When asked what he might want people to know about him, he paused, laughed, and said with a shrug, "I grow a lot of grains for Gilbert!" Dennis enjoys the variety inherent in a farming life, There are so many different things to do, always; fencing, planting, harvesting, hauling manure, feeding cattle, it is ever changing. And it is good.
nick Zimmer, Avoca
interview coming soon!