Joel and Barb Grimm
The Grimm family farm was established in 1917 when Joel’s grandfather bought the farm site with 120 acres of cropland. It was then in the possession of Joel’s father until 1992 when brothers Joel and Ron purchased the farm. Today the operation in Waconia consists of the original 120 acres. Joel and Ron also have an adjoining farm of 100 acres and an adjoining farm of 185 acres purchased. Together the brothers grow corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa. Other acreage beyond the crops consists of pasture, CRP, and woods. Ron’s primary duties on the farm include planting, spraying, and harvesting. Joel and his wife Barb own and take care of the 44 cow Holstein herd. Joel and Barb have three children; Jeff, Val, and Laura. All three of the children help on the farm as their schedule allows.
In the community, Joel and Barb are active in the Pleasant Valley 4-H club. Barb is also active with the Zion Lutheran Church and School in Mayer, Carver County American Dairy Association, Carver County Dairy Princess Committee, and Carver County Dairy Day Dinner Committee. She was also a past board member of the American Dairy Association.