Curt and Joni Hedtke Family
Curt’s family farm was started in 1902. Curt and Joni purchased their own farm in 1983. Curt’s dad, and brother, John, milked cows on the home farm until 1999. Since his dad passed away a year later, Curt has been farming the home farm, his and Joni’s farm, and some rented land. After graduating from Ridgewater College in 2008 the Hedtkes’ son, Chris, began farming in partnership with his parents.
Curt and Joni, along with Chris and his wife, Kirsten, milk 70 grade and registered Holsteins in a tie-stall barn; they raise all of their own replacement heifers and farm 250 acres of corn and alfalfa for feed.
Curt and Chris take care of all the daily farm operations. Joni handles most all of the financial records and works at UFC Farm Supply in Waconia. Kirsten works at Park Nicollet in St. Louis Park. Chris and Kirsten have two daughters, Maddie and Hallie. Curt and Joni have a daughter, Amanda, who along with her husband, Adam Hastings, has two sons: Jack and Max.
Curt currently serves on the Carver County 4-H Dairy Committee and works closely with the 4-H Dairy Show. Joni served on the county dairy princess committee and is a member of the Zion Lutheran Choir. Chris is a board member of the Carver County Holstein Association, a delegate for Minnesota Select Sires and a member of the Watertown-Mayer FFA Alumni. Kirsten is on the advisory council for the Watertown-Mayer Early Childhood Family Education Program.