Hanson Family Farm
The Hansons moved to the ten acre farm in 1971. Over the next few years horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, dairy cow, beef, rabbits and obedience dogs were added to the farm as 4-H projects. As the kids grew up they moved away from the farm and soon after apple trees were planted. David was the agriculture and 4-H Extension Educator from 1966 until 1989.
David currently raises 110 apple trees; including nine varieties that were developed at the University of Minnesota. He conducts educational tours for school children and he raises pumpkins, squash and decorative gourds for sale in a roadside stand–along with his apples.
As the family grew everyone except David and Ruth left the farm. David and Ruth are active in the Dodge Center Lions Club and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson.
David has received plaques for “dedicated service” to the Dodge County Crop Improvement Association and received the Dodge County Friends of 4-H Award. David was inducted into the Dodge County Fair Hall of Fame in 2010. Ruth is the first woman ever elected president of the Dodge Center Lions Club. She is still doing freelance reporting for the Star Herald.