Rae and Leo Rusnak
The Rusnak farm in Kenyon, MN was purchased 18 years ago. The 72-acre farm started with a couple small gardens, five laying hens, 30 broiler chickens, and five sugar maple trees that were tapped out. Today, Rae and Leo raise five acres of organically grown vegetables, tap 140 maple trees, keep 200+ laying hens, and raise 50 turkeys annually. Rae and Leo sell their vegetables to several local school districts as part of the Farm to School lunch program. Their vegetables and eggs are also sold to area Food Cooperatives and Independent Grocers. They market most of their chickens, turkey, and maple syrup through farmer’s markets and on farm sales.
In the community, Leo is active in a local 4-H club, with projects ranging from poultry showmanship to video making. Rae is a chair of the Wanamingo Township Charity Drive, serves on the Wanamingo Township board, and has worked for three years with the U of M Extension Service’s Alternative Poultry Management Class at both the UMore Park in Rosemount and on the St. Paul Campus. Rae has also been active in the MN Sustainable Farming Association for several years.