American life for this Norwegian family began in 1864 when Richard’s great-great grandfather, Endres Johannes Stadheim, made a voyage from Norway to Freeborn County. Years later he married Kari Foley, raised seven children and provided for them on the “Family Farm.” Richard and Sarah reside on this Century Farm today.
Currently, the Stadheim farm includes corn, soybeans, sweet corn and pea production, custom hay baling, contract feeding of gilts, a cow-calf herd and home raised beef cattle.
Richard and Sarah have three grown children, Meghan, Bennett and Garrett. Meghan and her husband, Drew, have two sons, Soren and Oliver, and raise hops in Washington state. Bennett and his wife, Hannah, have two sons, Leighton and Beckett. Bennett and Garrett actively participate in the farm operations with Richard.
Richard and Sarah have been volunteers and supporters of Freeborn County 4-H. In 2008, the Stadheims were introduced to 4-H by a local cattleman, Marty Little, who offered Garrett the opportunity to show a heifer at the Freeborn County Fair. That experience fueled Garrett’s desire to learn more about beef cattle production. Through their experience, the Stadheim children have formed lasting relationships, learned about raising livestock and participated in other 4-H projects. As the children graduated from 4-H, Richard and Sarah have introduced other area youth to beef projects.
In 2015, the Stadheim children, along with Marty Little, formed County Road Cattle, a cow-calf operation with private sales to local butchers and other interested buyers.
The Stadheims are members of the Crossroads Evangelical Free Church.