Jeff Jensen

Field Day:       September 10 – Fenton (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Event Title:     Hazelnut Production and Marketing

County:           Kossuth

How Many Years Farming?  10

Acres in Production? 1 owned, 3 rented acres

Approximate percentage of household income derived from farm in past 12 months? 

0-20 percent

CROPS

Crops Grown:

  • Hazelnuts
  • Aronia berries

Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Crops:

  • Hand tools, such as pruners, loppers and backpack sprayers
  • Machines, such as lawnmowers, weed-eater and chainsaw

Production Practices Used to Raise These Crops:

  • Nuts and berries are in an orchard setting with grass between the rows.

LIVESTOCK

Livestock Raised?  None

FARM STRUCTURE & PROGRAMS USED

Any Farm Employees?  No

Farm Organizational Structure:   LLC

Farm Programs Used:  None

BUSINESS & MARKETING PRACTICES

Special Business Software Used?   Farm Business Systems through our accounting firm

How are Crops Marketed?

  • Direct-Marketing

Other Background

  • Jeff grows and processes hazelnuts with his parents, Roger and Joyce, at Hazel Acres and Nut Haven. Hazel Acres was established in 2005, on the Jensen home farm, with the family’s original hazelnut planting. In 2006, after careful planning, the family established what they call the “Cadillac planting.”
  • Hazel Acres is owned by Roger and Joyce; Nut Haven is owned by Jeff. The two sites are only a few miles apart.