Warm hearts, Strong minds, Capable hands
The rich valley on which we now depend has been steadily working, changing, thriving, and renewing itself for generations. In 1903, when the 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 anscestral farmer heritage and consider it a great privelege that we are able to bring farming back into the lives of our family today.
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, wilfdlowers, and brush/forest. The Meadowlark thrives in such an environment, however this kind of habitat has decreased as development encroaches. 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 anscestors are sending a message of love and blessing our efforts We sure hope to be visited by a Meadowlark someday!