The Sandberg family has been farming the same tract of land for four generations. In 1989, the farmstead became a Century Farm. Three Sandberg brothers, John, Dale and Carl, along with Dale’s wife, Ann, continue to manage the eastern Minnesota farm much the same way previous generations did. The Sandbergs grow corn, hay, and soybeans on 1,100 acres. They also run a dairy and dairy steer operation.
The family has 85 cows in a free-stall barn that are milked in a herringbone parlor. The Sandbergs raise their own heifers and finish their bull calves as fat steers.
Dale and Ann live in the original farmhouse. They have two daughters: Christina and Alicia. All members of the family live within walking distance of the farm.
John is in charge of daily milking and care of the cows. Dale handles the planting and harvesting of crops and along with Ann and their daughters handles the feeding and care of young stock. Carl feeds the cows and steers and also helps with field work.
The Sandberg family is involved with Chisago County 4-H and Special Olympics where one of Dale and Ann’s daughters competes. The family is also involved in community activities that promote the history of farming in Chisago County. The Sandbergs work to find ways to make farming viable for the next generation.