Justin and Marea Malone

Otter Tail County
2011

The Malone children are the 6th generation to live on the Malone family farm.  The farm was started by Marea’s great-great grandfather, who moved from Germany.  Justin and Marea took over the farm in 2001 with a beef cattle operation while both working off the farm full-time.  In 2004, they started milking cows.  One year later, they began the 3 year transition to organic.  Currently, the Malone family has an Organic dairy where they milk 180 cows in a swing 16 parlor.  They raise all of their own replacements and farm about 1000 acres using organic farming practices.  They employ three people    full-time to assist with regular chores and field work.  Justin and Marea have 5 children who are just beginning to learn how to care for the farm.

The Malone family is involved in 4-H, homeschooling, and in their church.  They also take part in Farm Business Management class through Central Lakes College, making their farm available for those who want to learn about general farming, organic farming, or facilities.

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