Growing up on a farm created my passion for agriculture, farming, and food. Getting a Master’s degree in Rural Sociology enhanced my understanding of the American agricultural system. Working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given me the ability to directly serve farmers across the country. Teaching agricultural business classes at UW-Madison has helped to bring everything full circle. The opportunity to return to my family’s farm to start “farming beer” is something I’ve been dreaming about for years.
Farming, as they say, is not just a business, but a way of life. I consider myself fortunate to have been influenced by the four generations that have preceded me in producing food on my family’s farm. Without farmers we have no food. Without farmers we have no beer. My goal is to help acknowledge the important role that farmers play in growing the crops necessary to produce great beer.
Follow along as I continue to plant, grow, and harvest hops, barley, and other crops just outside of Monroe “Cheese City” Wisconsin in order to produce our farm to table beer. Come on out and learn about what it takes to produce these crops and turn them into beer. Sample our beer on our farm where we produced all of the ingredients in that beer within a few hundred yard radius. Become involved and learn about the integral role farmers can play in producing the agricultural crops in Wisconsin’s favorite beverage.