Steinke Family Farm
Kurt Steinke’s great-grandfather homestead the area in the late 1800s. Kurt’s grandfather eventually purchased the farm site in 1944, when Kurt’s dad was 6 years old. Kurt is the third generation of the family to farm the land in Hennepin County.
The Steinkes currently milk 40 cows in a tie-stall barn and raise their own replacement heifers. The family’s cows are pastured in the summer. They raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and oats on 250 owned and rented acres.
Kurt, with help from his wife, Susan, operates the dairy farm. They have three young children: Lillian, Tate and Gemma. Kurt’s parents, Henry John and Patricia, also live on the farm. Henry John helps with milking and field work. Kurt’s brother, Kevin, lives on a nearby farm where the Steinkes’ heifers are raised. Kevin helps with fieldwork.
Kurt and Susan are involved in their church and with their kids’ local 4-H club. Susan is a former columnist for the Dairy Star.
The Steinkes are working with University of Minnesota Extension in Hennepin County to make modifications on their farm that improve water quality.