Prairie Drifter Farm
Joan and Nick Olson both had grandparents who farmed but neither Joan nor Nick grew up on a farm. So after multiple years of working on vegetable farms throughout the state they decided to start their own farm business. Prairie Drifter Farm was established in 2010 on rented land near Montevideo. The Olsons moved their operation to Litchfield later that year.
Prairie Drifter Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture operation producing certified organic vegetables on six acres in addition to cover crops on another six. Two hundred families from the Litchfield and St. Cloud area receive produce from the farm. The Olsons also sell their vegetables to several local food co-ops and restaurants. In addition, the farm produces enough food for the Olsons to provide produce to the Harvest for the Hungry program and Catholic Charities in St. Cloud.
The Olsons are full time owners and operators of their farm while raising their two children Abe and Freya.
Joan serves on the Litchfield Public Library Board and the One Vegetable, One Community committee in Litchfield. Nick serves on the boards of MOSES and the Natural Food Co-op in Litchfield. The Olsons are also active in the Land Stewardship Project and the Minnesota Institute on Sustainable Agriculture.