The Devney home farm of 392 acres has been in the family for 112 years. John Devney purchased the farm in 1908. His son, Mike, owned the farm from 1930 until 1968. That year, Mike’s son, John, took over the home farm. In 1983, a formal partnership was formed between John and his two sons, Mike and Pat. Today, Devenshire Farms is working to bring Mike’s son, Steven, into the partnership.
Devenshire farm has grown over the years and now includes 2,600 acres. The family grows corn, soybeans and hay. They also raise canning crops of sweet corn, green beans and peas. The Devneys finish between 600 and 700 head of beef cattle annually.
Mike and his wife, Eileen, and their children have been involved in Dakota County 4-H and Farmington FFA. Mike and Eileen are members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, where they have served as trustees and on the parish council.
Pat and Dawn Devney have been married 22 years and have five children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jeremy, their oldest son and Army veteran, also worked on the family farm for several years before his passing in 2016. In addition to the Devenshire Farm crop and beef operation, Pat, Dawn and their family have raised alpacas along with a small boutique in their home, named Alpacas at Devenshire Farms. The business was retired after more than 10 years of operation. Over the years, Pat, Dawn and their family showed alpacas at the Dakota County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. Their alpacas were also part of many community events.
Pat and Dawn continue to participate in local agricultural and other organizations, including active involvement within their small group ministries and Hosanna! Lutheran Church.
Mike and Pat have served on the Dakota/Rice County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Board. The brothers are active in the Irrigators Association of Minnesota.