Barbara and Chuck Schulstad

Polk County

The Schulstad farm was purchased by Chuck’s grandfather in 1913.  It was passed to Chuck’s parents in 1934, and finally to Barbara and Chuck in 1975.  Barb and Chuck farmed the land part time while they were teaching at Fargo (ND) Public Schools.  The couple retired from teaching in 2001 and moved out to the farm near Erskine in 2002. Today the Schulstad farm is located on 160 acres in Woodside Township.  It has about 50 acres of tillable land on which Chuck raises soybeans and wheat. The main farm operation though consists of two 30’ x 48’ high tunnels and one 30’ x 72’ high tunnel in which quality produce is raised for sale at the local farmer’s market and at the farm site itself.  Two of the three tunnels are supervised by the Schulstads for the University of Minnesota.  In the tunnels, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and apples are grown.  Barbara and Chuck have two daughters; Amy and Naomi who both reside away from the farm.

Barbara and Chuck are involved with Little Norway Lutheran Church, the Mentor Farmer’s Market, and Master Gardeners.  They also cooperate with the U of M in high tunnel research.

polk, 2012

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