Great Grandma Ostine in the meadows of North Dakota.
The rich valley on which we now depend has been steadily working, changing, thriving, and renewing itself for generations. In 1903, when our farmhouse was built, the entire valley was owned and operated by one family. Much has changed since then, however 50 acres remain as a part of the farm, 40 of the original hundreds of acres are in agricultural production as pasture, and currently an acre or so is being transformed into a large garden. We are also working to maintain conservation easements in forestland around the Little Raccoon Creek, and we would like to reestablish areas of native grasses.
Farming is not only in the history of this land but also in the history of our family. Our personal heritage as farmers takes us back to North Dakota stateside, and Norway, South Africa and England abroad. We feel a very strong connection to our ancestral farmer heritage and consider it a great privilege that we are able to bring farming back into the lives of not only our family but also yours!
The name we chose for the farm was originally inspired by a vision for the farm that hearkens back to days of old when farms often included or were surrounded by large areas of native grasses, wildflowers, and brush/forest. The Meadowlark thrives in such an environment, however, their numbers have decreased as their habitat has been replaced by encroaching development. We feel the importance of keeping our grasses safe for the meadowlark and adjust our mowing schedule to ensure their safe flight from their nest. Since the naming of the farm, we learned that the Meadowlark was my Grandma Becky's favorite bird. She loved it so much, she learned by heart its call and taught it to my mother and her little sister and brother. There is a vivid feeling of serendipity in this - like our ancestors are sending a message of love and blessing our efforts. We look forward to the arrival of the Meadowlark each Spring!
Great Aunt Mina on the farm in her awesome coveralls.
Grandma Becky after the milking