More and more people crave transparency when it comes to their food. People want to know where their food comes from and its impact on animal well-being and the environment. We're proud to partner with family farmers that are inspired to produce quality milk out of their love for animals and their passion for sustainability.

 

We aim to bring awareness to the fact that family farms are disappearing, while more and more industrial farms are continually built. This way of industrialized farming has changed the way food is raised and made, and we want to go back to the way things used to be when family farmers led the industry and quality of food was most important.

 

A family farm is a tradition, a livelihood, and a way of life that is passed down for generations. In the future, we hope to see that more generations of family farms, like the ones we feature here, are given the opportunity to succeed, and it all starts with your support.

Tucked in the unincorporated town of Ogema, WI, Todd and Joni care for a herd of 35 100% organic grass-fed milking cows with their with their daughter, Chloe, following close by and always happy to help. But the fun doesn’t stop there, from riding horses to cows, the Cummings family has a deep love for the farming lifestyle.

On O’Reilly Shamrock Farm, near Goodhue, Minnesota, pasture and comfort form the basis for excellence in cow care. Steve operates the Holstein dairy farm with his sons, Zach and Ben. Zach focuses on the cows, leading the milking operation, Ben concentrates on the youngstock, and Steve’s work spreads more broadly across the operation, and he handles more fieldwork than in the past.

Thirty minutes north of Indianapolis, Tom and Sally Waitt own and operate Dandy Breeze Dairy Farm and Creamery, a small operation with family, Jersey cows, and the land at its core. With milk from grass-fed cows, the Waitts are able to produce and bottle delicious whole milk right on their farm, earning themselves a very loyal customer base.

Loren and Barb Mielke and their son, Clint, operate a 170-head Holstein dairy operation just outside of St. Cloud Minnesota. With lots of hard work, dedication, and a little help from technology, like the Lely Calm automatic calf feeder and Boumatic SmartDairy computer system, the Mielkes are able to run an efficient and well-kept dairy operation with happy and comfortable cows.

Dale Pederson makes a lifetime habit out of personal achievement. In National Farmers and in the Dairy Herd Improvement Association in Wisconsin, he’s among the top performers for milk quality. The Pedersons are familiar with triumphs beyond the dairy arena, too. Dale and his parents have all competed in the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, the largest cross country ski race, with the trail just down the road from their farm.

Heath Prichard, a 3rd generation farmer, knew at the age of 14 years old that he wanted to be a dairy farmer. Today, Heath and his father work together to milk 70 Holstein cows and tend to 800 acres of land. Throughout the years on their farm in Burlington, Michigan, they have witnessed the loss of 14 other family farms around them and the growth of 3 very large farms. “My biggest fear isn’t price. It’s the market,” says Heath.

Fourth generation farmers, Pete and Matt Tetzner own and operate their family farm and Tetzner's Dairy, their milk and ice cream business, with their dad and uncle. It all started when Pete and Matt’s Great Great Grandfather moved to the U.S. from Germany. Today, the Tetzners have grown their family farm into a 500-acre, 60 dairy cow operation.

Andy and Stephanie Bures own a 150-acre farm where they milk about 45 cows. Andy, a Master Dairy Grazier, just hired his second apprentice for a two-year program with the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. During this time, Andy will mentor and share his knowledge and skills with his apprentice, Matt, who hopes to own and operate his own dairy farm after the program is completed.

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On O’Reilly Shamrock Farm, near Goodhue, Minnesota, pasture and comfort form the basis for excellence in cow care. Steve operates the Holstein dairy farm with his sons, Zach and Ben. Zach focuses on the cows, leading the milking operation, Ben concentrates on the youngstock, and Steve’s work spreads more broadly across the operation, and he handles more fieldwork than in the past.

Thirty minutes north of Indianapolis, Tom and Sally Waitt own and operate Dandy Breeze Dairy Farm and Creamery, a small operation with family, Jersey cows, and the land at its core. With milk from grass-fed cows, the Waitts are able to produce and bottle delicious whole milk right on their farm, earning themselves a very loyal customer base.