Pat and Nicholas have been growing vegetables in Dunn County since 2018, with the goal of producing nutritious food while improving soil health, wildlife habitat, and quality of life for them and their neighbors. Their hilly 9-acre property sits just 3/4 mile from the Red Cedar River between Menomonie and Downsville. There you’ll find about a half acre of vegetables planted and cultivated entirely by hand, including many heirloom and rare varieties valued for flavor and nutrition.
Austrian scythes and hay rakes are used in the surrounding area to cut and gather straw mulch for the vegetable garden and new perennial plantings. In addition to vegetable production, new trees and shrubs are planted yearly, and a residency/internship program is in planning stages, eventually bringing aspiring farmers and artists to participate in the work and learning taking place on the farm.