Dean and Tammy Sonnabend and Family
The Sonnabend farm was started by Tammy’s great-great grandfather who purchased the land in 1891. The Century Farm, located in Ceresco Township, has been passed down through the family for generations and is now run by Dean and Tammy.
The Sonnabends grow corn and soybeans on about 2,300 acres and custom finish hogs.
Dean and Tammy were married in 1987 and have three children. Their daughter, Brittany, is married to Tyler Miller, and the two are part of the Sonnabend operation. Brittany and Tyler have two daughters, Madison and Olivia. The Sonnabends’ son, Josh, and his wife, Paula, are graduates of Iowa State University and live in Iowa. Josh works at Kern and Associates as feed market and procurement specialist. They come home to help on the farm whenever possible. The Sonnabends’ daughter, Rachel, is a student at Iowa State and hopes to become part of the family farm operation in the future.
Dean and Tammy’s parents, Bill and Judy Hinrichs and Dennis and Janice Sonnabend, help around the farm when possible and brother-in-law and sister John and Kari Healy joined the farming business part-time in 2014. They have two sons, Carson and Eli.
Dean is a Ceresco Township Supervisor and Tammy serves as township clerk/treasurer. Dean is on the board of Crystal Valley and 40 Square Cooperative Solutions. Dean previously served on the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association board. The Sonnabends are members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Vernon Center, where Tammy is secretary and Dean serves on the church council.