Magnus and Kristin Nelson Family
Magnus and Krissy were married in 2008 and rented a home --a former school house—on two and-a-half acres. They raised about 500 broiler chickens on pasture and grew vegetable crops on Magnus’s parents’ farm down the road. In 2012, the couple purchased the 53-acre farm where they now live. The Nelsons have six children who love to help out on the farm, which is known as the Green Barn Veggie Farm.
The Nelsons currently raise over 15 vegetable crops on about five acres and use two high tunnels. The family sells their crops from the farm at a self-serve stand, through an online growers market they created, and to local co-ops in Brainerd and Onamia. The family also raises about 30 laying hens and about 1,000 broiler chicks annually. The chickens are processed through Magnus’ parents’ business, Nelson-Shine Produce. The Nelsons also raise Pekin Ducks for eggs and meat. A 30-head ewe flock of North Country Cheviot Sheep are also raised on the farm.
Magnus and Krissy get help from their children: Olivia, MJ, Elliot, Francis, Oliver and Theodore. Magnus’ sister, Veronica, raises the plants grown in the high tunnels and his father, Ron, helps with the high tunnels and the poultry processing.
Magnus is an ag education teacher at Brainerd High School and serves as the FFA advisor for the Brainerd FFA chapter. He’s involved in his county Farm Bureau. Magnus, Krissy and their two oldest children are active in 4-H.