Jim Bruns is a long time organic vegetable grower. Growing up on a dairy farm in Western Minnesota, Jim acquired a love for farming early. He was one of the first community garden organizers in Minneapolis over 20 years ago and helped to start one of the first CSAs in the Upper Midwest.
Having pursued other interests for a few years, Jim is happy to have come back to his first love, growing vegetables for people like you!
Kate Grotheer is a life long avid gardener and nature lover. She has spent the past ten years as an occupational therapist at Hennepin County Medical Center. Her interest in holistic health has led her to study body energy techniques and the relationship of diet to overall health. Kate is very excited to be able to provide wonderfully nutritious food made even more delicious because it is grown with all of you in mind.
Hay River Farm is nestled in the beautiful hill country of western Wisconsin. It’s 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities and just two miles from the Hay River. There are several trout streams within minutes of the farm. Wildlife abounds in the area. We commonly see bald eagles, foxes, deer, river otters and wild turkeys. The soils are rich in minerals and biological activity. We have great canoeing, biking, fishing, and bird watching opportunities. Several miles of maintained trails adjoin the farm. Visitors are always welcome, please call the farm in advance.
We could never do what we do without the loyal help of our kids. Not children any more, these young adults are the backbone (literally) of the operation. We are very fond of reminding them that exploited child labor (note Miles’ picture), is the basis of third world agrarian economies. But we wish to assure all of you that they are pretty well paid and very well loved. It’s a real pleasure to work with them on a daily basis and a benefit for all of us that cannot be measured on a balance sheet.