Tim and Amy Leonard Family
The Leonard family farm was homesteaded in 1871. Tim and Amy started farming in January 1991. They are the fifth generation of the family on the farm and their daughter, Christine, represents the sixth generation. Amy’s parents, Mark and Elaine Buesgens, brought the first registered Holstein to the farm in 1965. The family’s milking herd is now all registered Holsteins.
The Leonards run 175 acres of land. They grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and spring wheat. The family milks 45 cows in a tie-stall barn and raises their own replacement heifers. The farm is also home to 25 laying hens, six rabbits, three dogs and 25-plus barn cats. Christine is adding diversity to the operation with an artisanal cheese platter business and plans for agritourism.
Tim and Amy are the farm’s owner-operators. Christine is herdsman and operations assistant. Christine is a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate. The Leonards’ other daughter, Emily, is a University of Minnesota student and helps with chores when home from school. Tim and Amy’s sons, David and Brian, and their families help with projects, repairs and chores when needed.
Tim has served on many boards over the past 30 years, including the Carver County American Dairy Association, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Minnesota Holstein Association and Waconia Farm Supply. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has served as a grand knight. Amy works part time as a registered dietitian at Ridgeview Medical Center. She was an active 4-H and school volunteer when their children were involved.
Christine has been heavily involved in local dairy promotion groups and events. She was a Carver County Dairy Princess and a Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist. She currently serves on the Carver County Farm Bureau board and chairs the promotions and education committee. Emily is a Carver County Dairy Princess and a member of the University’s Gopher Dairy Club and Lambda Delta Phi sorority.