Spring Wind Farm

Spring Wind Farm sits a few miles south of town, and is home to Betsy Allister & Andrew Ehrmann, as well as vegetables, pigs, sheep, chickens, bees, and a few other creatures. Betsy grew up here in Northfield, and Andrew in the mountains of Colorado; we met at Macalester College in St. Paul in a class where we read Wendell Berry. Before beginning our own venture in the spring of 2010, Betsy interned as a teacher and farmer at Hawthorne Valley Farm in New York, and we both interned at A to Z Produce and Bakery in Stockholm, Wisconsin.

We love the diversity of life on a farm and we are excited about eventually raising as much of a full, year-round diet as we can here in Minnesota. For our 2011 summer CSA, 20 members come out to our farm to pick up their produce each week, and we set up like a farmers’ market so that members get some choice in what they want to take home in their handmade farm bags—with special additions like eggs and honey available on the side. Later in the season we will be offering pastured pork, grass-fed lamb, and pastured heritage breed chicken. Even later than that—beginning in November—we will be offering a small pilot winter share, which we are looking forward to expanding in years to come. The other exciting component of our season is a partnership with the Northfield YMCA, whose Navigator camp is a regular visitor to our farm…the elementary schoolers do all sorts of educational farm activities like learning about compost, threshing beans, harvesting produce and cooking with it, taking care of the animals, and even helping to pick potato bugs and feed them to the chickens! And, of course, we sell produce at the Riverwalk Market every Saturday.

Andrew continues to gain more vegetable production experience by working at Open Hands Farm; he also works at ARTech, helping with their greenhouse project and building boats with kids. Betsy writes about food and farming for Edible Twin Cities, and literary biographies for The Writer’s Almanac.
— Betsy Allister