The Farmers

Below you will find short bios of each of our farmers. These are the people who labor in the fields to bring the best possible grain to Lonesome Stone Milling, and ultimately to you. It is from them that we all benefit.

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Jim Jefferies, Richland Center

Growing wheat for Lonesome Stone Milling is Jim’s retirement job. After a career which included milking cows for 15 years and a job in Minneapolis, Jim has succumbed to the lure of growing wheat in our Driftless region. For 30 years he had hunted in Saskatchewan where he grew to respect the wheat growers there and now he has the honor of growing his own wheat on 40 acres near Richland Center. When he needed seed a couple of years back, and found himself at Lonesome Stone Milling, Gilbert first grilled him about his practices (!), and then was eager to invite him to become one of the LSM growers.

Jim did not grow up farming, but he spent summers on the farm of family friends in Nebraska where he learned to love being outdoors, rose to the many challenges of farming, and learned to work with the migrant workers on the farm and appreciate them. He loves the process of farming, the changing seasons, the uncertainty of the wind and storms and the fruition of a crop coming in well. “There is so much to it, it is amazing…” he says with awe in his voice.

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Dave Dolan, Dodgeville, WI

Interview coming soon!

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John Chitwood, Blue River, Wi.



Interview coming soon!