Warthesen Family Farm

Wabasha County
2015

Jack and Marge’s farming operation began in the 1970’s when five acres were purchased from Jack parents. Over the years the farm grew and now the Warthesen farm consists of 270 tillable acres, 120 acres of pasture and 50 acres of woodlands. The diversified farm includes 65 beef cows, poultry and sheep along with corn, oats, beans , hay and pasture management. Direct marketing of value-added fruit and vegetable production and maple syrup also make up the farming business. Jack and Marge are joined by their son, Adam, operating the farm.

The Warthesens mentor beginning farmers and take part in several federal conservation programs. They utilize rotational grazing, retention ponds, contour strips and other conservation practices.

The Warthesens are members of the Land Stewardship Project, Plainview Land Access Committee, the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market and, over the years, 4-H.

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