Walter Organic Family Farm

Pope County
2020

Walter Organic Family Farm was purchased in 1935 by Kenneth and Mildred Walter. The farm comprised 160 acres and the family had six milk cows, hogs, and chickens. In 1975, Kenneth died and his son, Fred, purchased the farm. He milked 40 cows and raised hogs. Fred’s son, Nate, and his wife, Angie, purchased the farm in 2002. 

Nate and Angie currently milk 100 crossbred cows in a swing 10 parlor. The cows are rotationally grazed on pasture. Since buying the farm, the Walters have added 110 owned acres and rent another 100 acres. They also raise organic chickens and organic laying hens. The Walters use cover crops to improve soil health. Nate and Angie’s farm was certified organic in 2013.

The Walter family is very involved in Pope County 4-H. Nate and Angie are the 4-H dairy livestock superintendents at the Pope County Fair. Their children, Laureen and Levi, are members of the Villard Livewires 4-H Club, where Laureen serves as president. The Walters children show dairy cattle at the fair and Levi also shows beef cattle and poultry. Laureen started an FFA dairy judging team at her school.

Angie is employed part-time by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota’s Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program. Nate serves on the executive board of Organic Valley. The Walters have hosted several pasture walks on their farm; they’ve been involved in the Tools for Transition Project with Extension and they’ve participated in several research projects with the University of Minnesota  West Central Research and Outreach Center.

 

Pope County

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