Mark and Michele Fernholz
Mark and Michele Fernholz of Hoffman, MN began farming with Mark’s parents and brother Pete in 1996. The family had an 800 sow, farrow to finish hog operation with the main farm being in Alexandria. In 2005, the family bought a dairy farm in Kensington and now milk 320 Jersey cows in a 20 stall parlor. They also farm 800 acres of crops which include corn, soybeans, and wheat. Mark and Michele have 7 local employees and 3 employees through the Russian Agricultural Exchange Program.
Mark and Michele are members of Farm Bureau, Douglas County Pork Producers, Runestone 4-H Club, Young Farmers of America, Jersey Association, MN Rabbit Breeders Association, and Hoffman Economic Development Association. In the summer months, Mark and Michele also serve pork chop dinners at the Farmers Market in Hoffman to benefit WCA sports. They also cook at Douglas County Fair with Pork Producers of Douglas County. In addition, Michele works at the Good Samaritan Society of Hoffman and gives dairy tours to the residents. Mark and Michele have three children; Kylee (15), Caden, (12), and Brynn (8).